In Mexican cities, about 60% of young people acquire at least 9 years of schooling. that figure drops to 12% in the countryside.
ABOUT 65% OF YOUNG PEOPLE DROP OUT OF SCHOOL BY THE AGE OF 15.
The average education level in the state of Guanajuato is between 7th and 8th grade.
The Opportunity Gap
In the Mexican education system, there is a wide gap between rural and urban youth. In cities, about 60 percent of young people acquire at least nine years of schooling. That figure drops to 12 percent in the countryside – suggesting that most students in rural areas fail to complete middle school. Despite Mexico's fairly robust economy, individuals from rural areas often become trapped in a cycle of poverty. The Rural Education Institute of Mexico was created to help rural communities address and remedy this serious problem.
In the state of Guanajuato – the sixth most populous state in Mexico, where the Rural Education Institute currently works – more than 39 percent of the population is rural. The average education level in Guanajuato is between the 7th and 8th grade. About 65 percent of young people drop out of school by age 15, with literacy rates well below national averages. Nearly 45 percent of the population lives in poverty. The Mexican government has been mandating high school since 2011, but unfortunately it is extremely difficult for many young people in rural communities to comply. High schools are limited in these areas, and transportation to city schools is not provided. High school students are required to pay for their own books and uniforms. Those costs, combined with bus fares and the expenses associated with sending a child to high school in the city, are well beyond the means of most rural families. In Mexican cities, however, a lack of readily available high schools is virtually unknown. The result is a serious opportunity gap between urban and rural youth. Many families identify financial restraints as a major obstacle to attending high school. There are many costs associated with high school which include transportation, books, supplies and uniforms. Rural Ed's goal is to help enable these kids to go on to high school and all youth can apply directly to the Rural Ed scholarship committee for this opportunity at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Rural Education Institute of Mexico, commonly known as “Rural Ed” and founded in 2007, works with rural communities to address and remedy the problem of rural educational inequality and high dropout rates - first focusing on the incentive to stay in school through interactive and diverse educational programs, and then on the means to do so.
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