Malnutrition Down, Education Up in Ecuador

Over the last few years Ecuador has made major progress in reducing child malnutrition and building up their education. Ecuador is faced with many challenges because of their lower income level, making families and communities to lack the resources and income to help lower malnutrition and help build up the education. Malnutrition and education are problems that people from all over Ecuador have to deal with on a day to day basis. Although that has been the case, Ecuador has overcome these obstacles little by little by putting into action what the people of their country deserve. Strategies formed by the government has helped push Ecuador in the right direction of lowering percentages of malnutrition and raising the percentages of children, teenagers, and adults getting an education, in order to better their lives. Both of these issues go hand in hand with one another. Children and/or adults getting an education helps them gain knowledge on health and therefore will help them to take care of themselves and pass that knowledge onto their children so they can as well learn to stay healthy. Percentages were as high as 27 percent for chronic malnutrition for children five and under. This number dropped in 2010 to 22 percent. Malnutrition has repercussions on the cognitive development of children and possibilities of them becoming economically productive citizens, and on the overall health of the population. This showed a large result that included a 12 percent point reduction in anemia among children. After seeing this progress, they continued to ensure that the families in these top priority areas have access to clean water, sanitation housing, and nutrients, while health services and nutritional services are provided.

A few programs have stepped in to help the education matter in Ecuador. This has helped students to succeed in education, by providing them with necessities needed in a classroom to learn. Including free text books from grades 1 to 7, for basic general education. These free textbooks available to students are registered in Spanish speaking and bilingual public schools, with the help of the ministry of education who is providing these books to them. Schools that are receiving this are in the coast, highlands, and Amazon Basin region systems. The ministry of education has contributed with 80 percent of the cost of books, with the rest of the 20 percent being contributed by sectional governments. Other programs have stepped in to help increase educational progress such as programs like the Escualas Unidocentes (one teacher schools). These schools aim to reach a percentage of students who have difficulty in accessing schools and provide these children that are from rural areas with books, facilities, and computers.

The rights of the citizens of Ecuador have recently been enforced in a way that should have been done years ago. Education and the health of their citizens has entirely been overlooked and were therefore creating a problem in their community. Coming together as a community and promoting their rights as Ecuador citizens has already changed many families lives all from all over the country.

5 thoughts on “Malnutrition Down, Education Up in Ecuador

  1. Tucker Edwards

    Education is an extremely important aspect in my essay on youth unemployment in the European Union. Many ethnic minorities are finding it hard to complete secondary education or vocational school. Although there are many temporary jobs, it is increasingly difficult for non-graduates to be successful in the European job market. Furthermore, many CEO’s and high ranking businessmen claim that recent graduates are lacking necessary skills to perform even entry level skilled jobs. It’s evident that in both of our cases, education is a must-have for survivability. Even though our respective geographic zones are struggling with problems from first versus third world countries, a strong education is the most essential component to having a comfortable life. This piece looks very interesting, it would be great to be able to read the whole thing!

  2. John Mendez

    I don’t know very much about Ecuadorians and their way of life. This is very interesting. In my class, China 2020, the topic i chose to cover was real estate corruption in China. The connection that I see between our projects is that both of the countries that we studied involved the developing world. China may be further developed but they are still considered by many as an emerging market. It’s nice to hear that the government of Ecuador helping further education. Through my research of China I’ve essentially just been digging up dirt on the government. Perhaps this could be an area of future study for me, both in Ecuadorian life and the positive aspects of modern day China.

    Anyway, excellent job on this paper.

  3. Kevin Woloszynski

    I was wondering what you think is the biggest obstacle to providing the children of Ecuador education and proper dietary aid? I know that with the things that I researched I found that the urban/rural income divide was a major issue to Chinese education, as well as government corruption and mismanagement also played a role. But I know that in many countries major issues include: a lack of infrastructure, government apathy, and lack of funding. Which do you think was most important to the situation you found, or was it something else entirely? Additionally, what did you think made these programs as successful as they were, was it reducing/eliminating one of the factors above, or was it due to something else, like citizens pushing for their own benefit? Where do you see these programs going from here, do you think they will stagnate and eventually fail, or continue to help the people of Ecuador or somewhere in between? Abraham Maslow’s hierarchy of needs stresses the basics of food, shelter, and belonging before people can truly benefit from education, do you think that the dietary aid programs will contribute to the success of the education programs, or the education programs will be helpful independent of the dietary aid?

  4. Cameron McGonnigal

    In my project, I explored the difficulties of being an ethnic Mongolian in China’s Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region. Among the difficulties, Chinese schools (which remain the only readily available education for these ethnic Mongolians) raise all students as if they were simply Han Chinese – no Mongolian language, culture, etc, despite them being 1/5 of the population. This is a double edged sword, as China is also bringing the opportunity for a higher education to these people who did not have access to it before, though it is at the cost of their culture. While it seems Ecuador has managed to pull itself together without dropping anything, China simply has too many people to not have a standardized system, and ends up neglecting some wants or needs of it’s 55 minorities in one way or another.

  5. Gregory Sturtz

    Education in Ecuador is tremendously important, just as it is in any other country. In my paper, I explored how education allowed my religious group to grow into the massive group that it is today. Without any intelligence or leadership, there could never be such a group as the Eastern Orthodox Church. Perhaps, if the educational system in Ecuador is repaired then they will become a much more successful and stable country in the near future.


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