The Chance to Learn: Education in Mexico
Mexico faces a range of complex social problems. From
escalating violence in certain regions to drug smuggling near the U.S. border,
there are many obstacles for the Mexican government to overcome. One of the most
urgent problems in Mexico is the inconsistency of the country's education
system. Without access to a solid education, millions of children will struggle
to emerge from poverty and lead productive, fulfilling lives.
Despite having a
relatively prosperous economy, Mexico suffers from economic inequality. In some
regions, children and their families earn a comfortable living, but in southern
Mexico, many children live in poverty. In fact, approximately 40 percent of
the country's population live below the poverty line, around 50 million
people. As well as struggling to provide food for their children, some families
simply cannot afford to send their children to school. This, in turn,
contributes to the cycle of poverty that forces many children to work instead of
going to school.
children fail to receive the education they need in their early years, they may
be less likely to pursue qualifications in higher education and may even
struggle to enter the workforce. According to data from the Organisation
for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), almost 19 percent of
Mexican youths between the ages of 15 and 19 were not enrolled in an educational
program or working in 2010.
standards also need to improve. Data from the OECD suggests that, in terms of
educational attainment, Mexico ranks poorly compared to other nations of similar
economic activity. Although progress has been made in recent years, including
the announcement of widespread education reforms earlier this year, there is
still much to be done.
Providing Good Starts
ChildFund has worked in
Mexico since 1955, and one of our most important projects in the country has
been the introduction of community and early childhood development centers.
Approximately 84 percent of our community centers have "ludotecas," or
playrooms, where young children can develop their creative thinking skills
through play. In addition, our "Activate" program has helped many children with
their math and literacy skills, providing them with the foundation they need to
progress to more advanced levels later.
Despite the challenges
it faces, Mexico is making progress toward improving its education system, but
there will always be children who miss out on vital opportunities. To make a
difference in the life of a child, please consider sponsoring
a child in Mexico.