The UPAEP (the People’s Autonomous State University of Puebla) is carrying out, with the support of Fundacion MAPFRE, the “An investment in the future” program which strengthens leadership and capabilities of students living at risk of exclusion in more than 50 communities in the cities of Puebla, Oaxaca, Guerrero and Veracruz, in Mexico.
The project provides a scholarship for studies, living expenses, lodging, and help in placing students from rural communities into the labor market to improve their present and future quality of life.
“An investment in the future” has been developed on 4 fundamental pillars:
- Social mobility : opportunities to access higher education
- Focus on gender: many of the beneficiaries are the first women in their families to enter a program of higher education
- Educational discrimination: reducing the barriers which students from rural communities encounter
- Community development: projects of intervention which favor the sense of belonging and commitment of young people
The People’s Autonomous State University of Puebla (UPAEP) was founded in 1973 and has as its motto: “Culture at the service of Puebla.” Presently more than 12,000 students study in its classrooms.