Project #23986

Inspiring English Learning: Mexican Public Schools

by World Education & Development Fund


The Inter-American Partnership for Education is a 3 year program that trains English language educators, fostering a network that promotes lasting and sustainable change in Mexico's public system classrooms. Our train the trainer approach and the commitments Worldfund requires of its beneficiaries provides a multiplier effect. The effect goes beyond English, raising students' expectations for their academic and professional life. To date, 1.5 million students in Mexico have benefitted from IAPE.
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There's a large disparity in English proficiency between those graduating from Mexico's private schools and its public schools. English proficiency has become a prerequisite for advanced academic study and employment. Yet Mexico is currently ranked 39 out of 63 countries in English proficiency, below Vietnam, Peru, and Ecuador. Only 3% of graduating middle school students reached the minimum level of English established by the Secretary of Education.


IAPE's mission is to inspire, train, support, and empower a network of innovative English language educators to work together to create sustainable change in Mexico's public schools. The Interamerican Development Bank conducted a randomized control trial of the IAPE program, which showed: -Students speak 14% more English in a IAPE classroom -9% increase in confidence and command in the teaching practice -10 additional weeks of normative progress in a 30 week period

Long-Term Impact

Each of the IAPE educators commits to train others in their local communities, aside from the obvious use of the technique in their own classrooms. We have found, that after completing the certificate, our direct beneficiaries perform at least two workshops per year to train other teachers. This has resulted in 14,000 teachers trained by our trainees since the launch of our program in 2010. We expect to double our impact by 2018.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).


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Organization Information

World Education & Development Fund

Location: New York - USA
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Lena Hickner
New York, New York United States
$275 raised of $25,900 goal
9 donations
$25,625 to go
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