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In Mexico, One in Every Three Children Does Not Attend School

Prensa Latina
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September 3, 2012

Child beggars in Mexico. Often girls like these are part of a larger network of older women and young children recruited to beg. (Corbis)

One of every three Mexican teenager between 12 and 14 years old do not attend school, and in other cases they are at risk of leaving school, warned a study revealed last week.

The report Finish School, carried out by UNESCO (United Nations Organization for Education, Science, and Culture) and released by Milenium daily, shows a comparative study of the situation among Mexico, Colombia, Bolivia, and Brazil, with data from 2008.

According to the study of the teenagers who work, only 63.8 percent attend school in Mexico; 63.2 percent in Colombia, while Brazil and Bolivia report 93.7 percent and 85.6 percent respectively. The study revealed that children between 5 and 14 years old, whose parents have no educational teaching, are more involved (a higher level) in working activities.

It is estimated that about 3 million 14,000 children between 5 and 17 years old work in Mexico, including 67 pecent boys and 33 percent girls.

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