Oaxaca is one of the poorest states in Mexico. There are many problems facing the education system. The education level, especially in primary and secondary school, is low and only 34% of Mexican pupils continue into higher education after high school.
The country's education law states that education is compulsory and free for children aged six to sixteen. This does not mean, however, that children receive a good education.
- Teachers are poorly educated, if at all.
- There is a lack of (good) teaching materials.
- Schools are often shut down for weeks on end because teachers are required to participate in mass strikes.
- The financial contribution from the central government, meant for schools, is often misappropriated or spent on other things by the local government.
- In practice, there are a lot of pupils leaving school temporarily or dropping out permanently.
What we do
By investing in education and employment:
- We will contribute to an improvement in the quality of education. We will do this by, for instance, organizing tutoring and computer classes, providing grants, professionalizing teachers and increasing the participation of parents. To realize this goal, we will collaborate with (a) local partner(s) and apply a professional approach, plus our own Corazón criteria. In the first four years, we expect to improve the education prospects of 40 (in 2017) to 200 (in 2020) pupils.
- We will encourage local economic development by running a profitable hotel that creates local jobs, generates income, helps suppliers to improve their businesses, and promotes the professional development of employees. Besides, the hotel will offer internships to adolescents who are aiming towards a career in tourism. We will offer employment, social security, and development prospects to 4 local employees.