América Solidaria is our NGO partner located in Mexico. Their purpose is to promote learning experiences in children and adolescents that fosters a culture of solidarity and global citizenship, by promoting adolescent participation and developing skills by creating community projects together. They focus on quality education, food, inclusion, protection of rights, and intercultural society.
We have interviewed with them, check it out below:
What kind of impact do you want to see?
With this educational programme, we seek to empower adolescents between the ages of 13 and 17 to be leading actors in solving problems in their communities, cities and the world.
What inspired you to start this project?
According to UNICEF in 2019, 3 out of 10 adolescents aged 15-17 are out of school. Given COVID’s health crisis, it has not led to the suspension of face-to-face classes and the migration to a form of distance or virtual education, which today is not available to all adolescents. In its reports, ECLAC argues that educational backwardness and school drop-out rates increased during and after the pandemic.
Our educational programme seeks to reinforce soft skills in adolescents. We aim to implement critical training that contributes to solving local problems from a sustainable development perspective. We also strive to provide optional classes to reduce school backwardness and decrease dropout rates.
What are the immediate struggles you are currently facing?
Connectivity is a challenge for rural areas and city peripheries, not all teenagers have access to the internet or a device to connect and fulfil their educational plan.
Our programme proposes to work in the areas of most significant exclusion in the metropolitan area of Mexico City, semi-presential providing a more excellent opportunity for adolescents to reduce the inequality gap in learning.
What are the long-term goals you would like to see completed?
1. Young protagonists who contribute as agents of change in the problems of their environments and the world.
2. Young people with theoretical and practical knowledge concerning Global Citizenship.
3. Young people as agents of change with theoretical-practical knowledge of social project management.
What is a message you would like to tell donors?
Your solidarity investment contributes to the creation of new world leaders. Leaders seek to exercise their rights and solve social and environmental problems through new tools such as Sustainable Development. Today you are investing in the citizens of the future.
What are your thoughts on WeBeliev?
We love the initiative and hope we can work with them many years ahead.