Closing the Educational Gap
By Robin Loving
In rural Mexico only 12 percent of young people acquire at least nine years of education, and in Guanajuato state, the average education level is between seventh and eighth grade, and literacy rates are well below the national average, according to the Rural Education Institute of Mexico. Literacy rates in our state are well below national averages, and nearly 45 percent of the population lives in poverty.
Closing the Rural/
Urban Educational Gap
Tue, Jan 12, 12:30pm
Salida a Querétaro 1
A high school diploma is a standard requirement today for a large majority of jobs in Mexico and has been mandated since 2011, despite the fact that some communities don’t have high schools or bus service to get students to other schools during school hours and then back home. Rural Ed, as it is known here, works to enable these kids to go on to high school with supplemental resources and then mentors them so that they can achieve high school graduation for meaningful employment and/or university.
Rural Ed focuses on incentivizing school attendance and lifelong learning through diverse, interactive education programs in the communities of Jalpa, La Palma, and Don Diego/La Cantera, where 80 percent of youth do not typically attend high school.
Rural Ed encourages students to continue their education through computers, English, literacy, leadership, employability skills, arts, crafts, and culture. Rural Ed empowers the community and coordinates with the education system and other nonprofits.
A Mexican AC and a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in the United States, Rural Ed is comprised of Mexicans and foreigners who work hand-in-hand in rural communities to redress the problem of educational inequality and high dropout rates. Rural Ed focuses first on incentivizing staying in school through interactive and diverse educational programs, and then on the means. This is achieved through a cooperative effort with international interns and local Mexican leaders who give rural children opportunities for success.
“Guanajuato is fast becoming the auto-manufacturing capital of Latin America, and there are now enough good jobs throughout Mexico to make large-scale economic migration to the rest of North America a thing of the past—provided only that a higher percentage of Mexicans from rural areas complete high school,” said Rural Ed’s Sara Tylosky.
Tylosky will present how Rural Ed is closing the rural/urban educational gap at Rotary Tuesday, January 12, at 12:30pm at Hotel Misión, Salida a Querétaro 1. The presentation will be free and in English.
Rotary unites neighbors, community leaders, and global citizens for the common good. For more information, contact Rotary President David McGinnis at email@example.com, and/or firstname.lastname@example.org, and see ruraledmexico.org and rotarysmamidday.org.