A top priority at NPH

At NPH, education is one of our top priorities. We support children with their education, from pre-school all the way to university or training in a trade such as carpentry, metalworking or cooking.

A chance to break free from poverty

We believe that education gives vulnerable children the opportunity to become independent and break free from the poverty into which they were born.

How education works at NPH, the difference it makes

Education for children from the community

Our primary and secondary schools guarantee an education to the children who live in the homes we operate. However, we also offer schooling to children in nearby communities.

Time to catch up

Newly arrived children who do not have a certified level of education are assessed by a psychologist and assigned to the most suitable year group or may be placed in a special group until they catch up.

Much more than an education

Around 2,400 children from local communities attend classes at our schools. Additionally NPH gives them breakfast and lunch, as well as healthcare. Our goal is to ensure their complete, well-rounded development.

Nationally accredited education and training

NPH schools in Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Mexico and Nicaragua are all accredited by the respective ministries of education to issue certificates of education or of vocational training at the end of study programmes. NPH also offers schooling in line with the internationally acknowledged Montessori programme, as well as the teaching of English, generally not available in the majority of schools.

The challenge we face

The following facts and figures give a sense of the significance of a quality education for many Latin Americans.

Bolivia: In rural areas, children spend an average of 4.2 years in education.

Dominican Republic: Investment in public schools accounts for 2.3% of GDP, putting the Dominican Republic in 122nd place out of 132 countries surveyed.

El Salvador: 70% of children aged 16 to 17 do not have access to secondary education.

Guatemala: Only 48% of boys and 44% of girls attend secondary education.

Haiti: 22% of boys and 29% of girls attend secondary education.

Honduras: Almost 80% of children do not complete secondary education.

Mexico: Only 36% of children have attended at least one year of secondary education.

Nicaragua: Of 10,750 public schools, less than 52% have access to drinking water and less than 23% have toilets.

Peru: 2.5 million children aged 5 to 17, i.e. 34% of their age group, take part in the work force.

References: UNICEF, WHO, World Bank and CIA Factbook.

Help a child to get an education

Providing children in our care and in the community with an education is a costly business. It’s only possible with support from people like you. For just £25 a month you can sponsor a child to receive an education.