Campaign, 1, 2, 3 for me and for all of my friends!
“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world”, Nelson Mandela.
Education is possibly the most powerful tool to get children out of poverty and exclusion, by contributing to their wellbeing and development. However, for many young girls, education continues to be a privilege not a right.
In Mexico, more that 4.8 million girls and boys between the ages of 3 and 7 do not attend school. Various studies have shown the negative impact that the lack of access to education has on societies; this opens the door to be able access the rest of your human rights. We only have 10 years to achieve inclusive and equitable access to education for all children around the world, according to goal number 4 of the Sustainable Development Goals.
Access to education doesn’t only represent a challenge for Mexican children in the country, but also for the foreign population. One of the challenges that transnational families face in Mexico is the ability of children to register in school and be able to continue their academic career in the Mexican education system. Some of the schools in Mexico don’t allow children to register in school due to a lack of understanding of the changes that have been made to the General Education Law.
Between 2015 and 2017 at IMUMI, we worked in coordination with other civil society organizations, to create changes at the grassroots level to facilitate access to education for children in the context of migration that are living in Mexico. In 2017, many provisions regarding education, including the General Education Law, were modified so that more than half a million girls and boys born abroad and living in Mexico could gain access to education. This means that no school can obstruct or impose conditions that block the access to education for girls, boys and adolescents in Mexico.
However, even with these changes, cases continue to be reported where children are blocked from accessing education due to a lack of documentation, like a CURP or a valid birth certificate in Mexico.
Make a difference so that each girl in Mexico has the right to obtain an education.
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Alma Levy Mora
Ma. Emilia Alvarez
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