The project provides an online high school platform from Tec de Monterrey, called "Prepanet", to indigenous youth from Cuetzalan del Progreso and surrounding municipalities, at a discounted price. We also provide face-to-face mentorship to students, especially in mathematics and English, and we also help students gain access to laptops and the internet. Finally, students can also participate learning in the other workshops from Tijiohtli (visual arts, textile or bamboo carpentry).
In Cuetzalan, there are really two very good high schools in the main municipal town, but other schools have a considerably less good reputation. So most students try and study in the main town, but this is expensive because although of transport, food, uniform and materials. Also, the education gap for most youth that age is considerable, and most students are really eager to start working and earning money, and less interested in learning and studying.
We have 12 students studying their high school in two years, dedicating around 3 days a week to learn. The rest of their week they can dedicate themselves to working, which means they can earn money while studying. Studying online also provides them with key technology knowledge. Face-to-face classes try and close the existing education gap in students, and contact with the organizations' arts and crafts workshops will help students understand better their interests and skills.
In a world where technology is ever increasingly important, improving students' use of technology will increase their opportunities for better jobs. Also, the fact that most students start working and studying at the same time, lets them understand that they can do the same while studying their university. Though most students still chose to settle and have a family, we have an important number of students, especially female students, that chose to keep on studying after high school.