- Seeking to revise curricula, equip schools with human and material resources, and advance
family and community involvement in educating underprivileged children. In addition,
'regularization' courses will be introduced to demonstrate a model that can be replicated
through out the country.
- Planning is underway to construct a new school with the necessary human and technical
resources to meet Education Ministry standards.
- Initiated a nation-wide fundraising program, 'Movimiento Azteca.' The program broadcasted testimonials and interviews of illiterate children attending schools in Guadalajara. The effort successfully raised 10,340,000 pesos and resulted in the donation of a 5 hectare plot of land for the next school site in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua. In the meantime, minimum schooling is being provided to approximately 60 local boys and girls in Tonalá.
The current strategy is to start a school in the community from scratch: buying the land, building the school, staffing it, equipping it, and of course, having it approved by the Education Ministry. We are in the process of creating a civil association to ensure that the organization is legally constituted as a non-profit.
In the interim, we are running an elementary school in rudimentary conditions to provide a minimum of schooling to those boys and girls who for different reasons cannot attend the local school. Some of these reasons include lack of required documentation or funds. There are 60-80 children now attending the school, with approximately 50 on the waiting list. Our aim is to have 120 children attending primary and middle school classes once the new school is built and operating.
The team has been created. The Project Director has been defined. A survey to identify community needs and establish priorities will be applied before December 31.