Why Mexico, when the US is experiencing similar problems related to the Migration?
The migration of South and Central Americans and others to Northern Mexico, is so compelling that it can not be ignored. While it is important to approach the topic with sensitivity and avoid generalizations, we know, from experience, that the areas of Mexico that we work in have always struggled with a lack of infrastructure, classroom capacity and resources essential to opportunity and educational development. That being said, with the recent influx or migration of people this issue has overwhelmed an already struggling community.
The overcrowded classrooms are all too familiar in many parts of the US, and although similarities can be drawn between the two scenarios, first-world countries like the US typically have more financial resources and a higher level of government investment in education. This investment provides a standard around education through its regulation of educational systems that must accommodate their student populations adequately, including those children that are deemed illegal or undocumented. Every child, grades k-12, have a constitutional right to receive a “free” public education regardless of their economic or immigrant status.
Sadly, Mexico has one of the highest income inequalities in the world. Wealth disparities create a divide in access to quality education or, frankly, access to any education at all. These disparities are most recognizable in the more rural and impoverished communities. The recent migration of people simply seeking safety and a better way of life have deeply impacted these communities because they tend to be “more affordable”. These communities have fewer job opportunities and far fewer resources with minimal chance for upward mobility. Thus the cycle of poverty is more onerous. So what can we do to make a difference?
At Small Steps, our organization’s goals are simple. We are committed to prioritizing equitable access to education and investing in inclusive educational opportunities. First and foremost, advocating is one of the best things that we can do when it comes to raising awareness and showing support. Children all around the world are struggling academically due to financial circumstances beyond their control. When we advocate for them, we place a spotlight on the problem and encourage more people to get involved and make a difference. Together, with your support, we can work towards mitigating the impact of socioeconomic issues on educational opportunities in these small communities. We advocate for one community at a time—-that’s what we are all about. “Small Steps” are what it takes and we are incredibly excited to be a part of the change.