Guatemala Threshold Program Education Sector Analysis

The Challenge

MCC is making extensive use of a focused health and education mechanism to acquire services needed to accomplish its mission of helping the world’s poorest countries reduce poverty through economic growth.

Overview and Objectives

URC conducted a detailed assessment of Guatemala’s education sector to share recommendations for targeted education policy reforms with MCC, the Ministry of Education, and other stakeholders. The work emphasized:

  • Vocational/technical education,
  • Gender sensitive programming to ensure the needs of girls are adequately met as well as those of boys,
  • Cost-effectiveness,
  • Monitoring and evaluation,
  • Country ownership, and
  • Sustainability. 

MCC intends that these activities will inform Guatemala’s broader educational policy agenda and the activities of other development partners operating in-country.


  • Conducted an analysis that:
    • Assessed the quality of and access to education
    • Examined the interplay among health, nutrition, and education programming
    • Explored vocational education and training opportunities
    • Focused on factors that:
      • Constrain efforts to improve school capacity;
      • Limit access to and completion of primary school and successful transitions to secondary school, particularly for girls, children in rural areas, indigenous populations, and children living in poverty;
      • Affect instructional quality, the quality and relevance of teacher training, and the quality and distribution of instructional materials; and
      • Limit the ability of Ministry officials and other stakeholders to obtain reliable data.
  • Designed future education programming
  • Provided technical assistance to education programming



Latin America and the Caribbean

Education and Nutrition

Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC)