Fundacion EDUCA Mexico

Fundacion EDUCA supports 50 low-income Community Schools in 10 Mexican states to strengthen their educational quality and build their self-sufficiency. In 2010, EDUCA Network Schools offer quality formal education and essential services for the wellbeing of 12,466 disadvantaged children of ages between 0 and 17 years.

Fundacion EDUCA Mexico
Watteau #49 Col. Nonoalco Mixcoac
Mexico, D.F., Distrito Federal 03700
Mexico
011525530955606
http://www.globalgiving.com/projects/help-455-at-risk-children-in-mexico-stay-in-school

Executive Director

Cristina Gil

Management Team

Monica Cinco Basurto, Alfredo Blasquez Albarran, Carmen Macias Roque

Board of Directors

Monica Cinco Basurto, Alfredo Blasquez Albarran, Carmen Macias Roque

Project Leaders

Adrian Menendez
Fundación EDUCA México

Mission

Fundacion EDUCA supports 50 low-income Community Schools in 10 Mexican states to strengthen their educational quality and build their self-sufficiency. In 2010, EDUCA Network Schools offer quality formal education and essential services for the wellbeing of 12,466 disadvantaged children of ages between 0 and 17 years.

Programs

1. Financial Strengthening Program A fundraising team is dedicated to recurring donations obtained through credit and debit cards. This will allow the school to attend more children, provide more services and have a stable income. Also, the school will be able to elevate their educational program, increase the impact in the quality of life of these children and become closer to achieving self-sufficiency. 2. Nutrition and Life Quality Mexico is one of the countries with the highest levels of child obesity, malnutrition and diabetes in the world. As an effort to counterattack this situation, EDUCA created a program that offers integrated continuous actions towards developing healthy habits in children, their parents and their school environment. Since many of the schools that form part of the EDUCA network offer meals to their children, parents have a high tendency of leaving the responsibility of forming healthy habits to the school. The responsibility of providing nutritious, hygienic and well-balanced meals for the children; requires the people in charge of this duty to be prepared and trained properly. The objective of this program is to create sustainable and coordinated actions between parents, teachers and children to improve their life quality. This is achieved through training teachers, directors and cooking staff in ways to prepare healthy meals for the children they attend; teaching and informing parents and children on the importance and means to create a balanced diet; and to integrate the proper physical activities along with adequate and timely medical care to create an improved quality of life. The program begins with a general nutrition assessment of all the children that attend the school, this evaluation consists of the weight, height, sight, hearing, dental and orthopedic conditions of the children. If the children present a problem with any of the before mentioned areas, the program will dote them with the necessary glasses, hearing aid, and appoint them to a medical specialist. During the program there is a Mini Olympic game held that promotes physical activity as well as social inclusion. This event allows teachers, parents, children and neighbors to join efforts and have a good time. Other important elements of the program are the Physical Education manuals that are created, the cooking manuals and all the conferences and courses given to parents and teachers during the program. 3. Aflatoun: Social and Financial Education There are currently 1.8 billion children under the age of 15 in the world, one out of two live in poverty. This situation can be reverted and turned into a great potential if we empower these children and guide them to see how many resources they indeed have. This program was created in India 18 years ago and is now present in over 65 countries and one million children. In Mexico EDUCA was the first institution to implement this program. The programs` main objective is to inspire children to become change makers, towards a more equal and prosperous world. The key elements for this program are to develop awareness of the value of the resources children have (creativity, ability to influence others, recycling, saving energy, among others), to boost their self-esteem and to empower them into taking actions towards their goals. The teaching approach is entirely centered on the child. The classes can be given as an extra school activity (such as a club) or well be imparted twice a week and reinforce subjects that are currently obligatory on behalf of the ministry of education. The program lasts the entire school year. 4. T-EDUCA Program The objective of the T-EDUCA Program is to allow low-income children to have the opportunity of learning and reinforcing their knowledge by using the newest technologies. This will give them the abilities and resources that are necessary for having better opportunities in their lives. 5. Toy Library The purpose of this program is to stimulate childrens abilities in a space designed to facilitate the teaching- learning process through games, reading, art and technology. Children who attend the schools we support live in hostile crowded spaces with little room for creativity. Due to the socio-economic environment they live-in, many children have poor language skills, low IQ levels and poor school performance. Children need a space to interact with peers in a controlled safe and fun environment to develop adequate social skills and habits. Schools do not have the funds to renovate or equip a room specifically for stimulating creativity, learning and personal growth. EDUCA will adequate or build a large-enough room with comfortable airing lightning and user safety. It will have four distinctive areas: library area, technology area, artistic area, games area. This programs success depends on the teachers who will accompany and guide the children in the Creative Library. 6. Annual Training Seminar for Teachers and Principals Most Mexicans endure prevalent poverty and lack of opportunities which result from a deficient Public Education System. Mexico is ranked amongst the last places in international academic tests which reflect the poor quality of Mexican education and its teaching-learning process. Therefore EDUCA's Training Seminar addresses the critical need to train teachers and principals who in turn impact under served communities. For most of the attendants (teachers and principals), this Training Seminar constitutes the only opportunity to receive formal training and professional development workshops. The beneficiaries are teachers and principals from under served and disadvantaged community schools that EDUCA supports we refer to them as EDUCA Networks Schools. They teach Preschool, Elementary, Middle School and High School level, from at- risk children and teenagers from low- income families. The majority of these teachers, earn a monthly income bellow 296 USD.

Statistics on Fundacion EDUCA Mexico

Financial Statistics

  • Annual Budget for 2009: $2,356,540
  • Annual Budget for 2008: $2,285,184
  • Maximum Annual Budget: $2,433,463
  • Religious Affiliation: No affiliation

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