Yo quiero Yo puedo (IMIFAP) will reduce the school dropout and improve the quality of education and schools performance of the children in the rural community of Las Margaritas, Chiapas, with a life skills program for teachers, children and parents.
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
The indigenous children in Las Margaritas, Chiapas, suffer from poverty and lack of education opportunities. 30% of the population in the municipality is illiterate and 55% haven't finished the primary school. The school drop-out is related to other problems such as child-labor, violence, addictions, migration and low employment possibilities in the future. By helping the children to stay in school, our program will contribute to breaking the poverty cycle in Las Margaritas.
How will this project solve this problem?
Through our participatory workshops based on gender equality, the children, parents and teachers will develop their life skills (e.g. self-knowledge, assertive communication, critical thinking, self-efficacy), learn to take more responsible decisions and become agents of change in their own lives and their families and communities. The teachers learn new teaching methods, the children participate more in the school and the parents start to participate more in the school work of their children.
Potential Long Term Impact
We have managed to reduce school drop out rates by 24% in the region, which has a direct positive impact on the lives of the children and their families. The program is also showing good results in the promotion of life skills, with children and their families learning to take care of themselves, be responsible, create opportunities for better living conditions, and to become agents of change of their own lives and communities Thanks to our methodology the program is sustainable in the long run.
Total Funding Received to Date: $1,335
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $18,665
Total Funding Goal: $20,000