Literacy Project – Open High School

Category: 
Education
Location: 
Cochoapa
Start year: 
2002

Cochoapa el Grande is a community of 2,500 inhabitants located in the highest area of the mountain range called Sierra Madre del Sur, at an altitude of 3000 meters above sea level. Its location makes transportation to and from Cochoapa difficult, and contributes to a high level of marginalization and discrimination, including widespread illiteracy, general unemployment and lack of proper health services.

In 2000 a group of nine young men organized to work toward their high school diploma, studying in “upgrading classes” in an “open” fashion. In 2002, Mission Mexico offered them a bursary equivalent to $5.00 CDN for each one of the eight monthly class sessions they attend, thereby helping them buy their educational materials and cover the fee for exams. The program is operated by the Daughters of Charity.
2005: $2,500 CDN
2006: $13,300 CDN
2007: $10,300
2008: $9,450