Looking after the future of young people in rural areas of Mexico

More than 80 students receive scholarships for study, lodging and living expenses

Looking after the future of young people in  rural areas of Mexico Looking after the future of young people in  rural areas of Mexico

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.