EDUCATION

Since 2016, we have seen so many changes and growth of the Brigada leaders.  As part of being a brigada leader, they have to stay in school as well as perform volunteer work in their communities.

They are the future leaders of their communities.

In 2019, the Mexican Government introduced the educational "beca"(grant) program for low income families, designed to encourage students to stay in school.  This was great, but then Covid closed the schools.  So the beca's stopped too.

 

Few of the youth in these San Pedro Itzicán communities have a computer or access to a television to watch the educational programs.  So the kids were doing their homework on their cell phones when they could get internet access.  The Brigada office, when it reopened, at least provided internet and some of the students access to computers to keep up with their work.  But we fear many will drop out of school.

 

  These youth have many challenges in planning their futures and the pressure is on them to support their families by working.  Their parents can't afford education for their children and don't always understand its value.  If the youth do pass the high school exams (if they can be persuaded to continue their education), they can't imagine taking a 4 year course.  So most opt for shorter college programs.

Full-time university courses are covered by the Government grant program, but shorter college courses are not covered.  So the cost, while less than a university course, still entails a lot of transport and book expenses.

November 2021:  One of our "stars" is Xochitl.  She is now applying to a university in Guadalajara to become a doctor!  We are all so proud of her!

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These are some of the Brigada students who received support for their education costs in 2018, from the St. Andrew's Church Outreach Program of Riberas.

In October 2018, sixteen students attended an education workshop with Alfredo Bentivoglio in San Juan Tecomatlán.  He talked about the importance of education, and encouraged them to study hard and get the best results they can.  He also encouraged them to learn English and get good computer skills.

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After Alfredo's talk, Poco a Poco volunteers then organized English classes (ESL) in San Juan Tecomatlan, Mezcala and San Pedro Itzicán.  Computer courses were also held in San Pedro.