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 is the inconsistency of the educational system in Mexico. Without access to a solid education system, 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, the poverty rate in Mexico is around 50 million people, which is approximately 40 percent of the country's population. 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.
Additionally, education is an important part of early childhood development. If
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 against education problems in Mexico in recent years, including
the announcement of widespread education reforms earlier this year, there is
still much to be done to improve the Mexican education system.
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.