Most schools in El Salvador operate from 7am to 12pm with two recess breaks. Similar to the U.S.A., a given school mainly serves the nearby communities, but unlike the U.S.A., the students attend classes the entire year. Most students also walk to school each day. Soccer and dance represent the two most popular extracurricular activities for students.
What are the social justice issues?
In addition to limits on funding and on the policies that support education, El Salvador remains a 2/3rds-world country in terms of economic development. That being said, it’s all-too-common for students to face a dilemma at an early age: remain in school or provide for their family.
Many intersectional factors contribute to this dilemma, where each supports and perpetuates the other. Here are a few examples:
1. High costs of living: parents can struggle just to feed their families.
2. Limited healthcare: sick family members require additional support.
3. Youth gangs: students may join a gang in order to help sustain their families financially.
Each example reinforces and creates the potential for the other two examples. This happens through purposeful policies that limit the access and availability to resources.
These are just a few examples of the intersectional factors that limit primary education. How can it be overcome? Increased public assistance and the avoidance of privatized education are two means to this end. However, this social issue cannot be solved by finances alone. Addressing the myriad of intersectional issues is a much more sustainable means to increasing education, which in the long term will further improve the lives of all people (especially marginalized populations) as well as the country as a whole.