Mexican NGO Rewards Students Who Stay in School
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October 14, 2013

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The Mexican NGO Anímate a Estudiar has benefited more than 3,600 students in a country where more than a million students drop out annually. This Mexican NGO seeks to combat truancy in the country and motivate children to stay in school.

The project, which began in 2004, has benefited 3,635 students from public and private schools by providing backpacks with school supplies and scholarships and helping fulfill the dreams of those who stand out in the classroom.

One of the NGO’s main programs is “Fulfill a Dream,” which consists of granting the best students from the first six grades of primary school a wish that is within the institution’s reach.

“We ask the children to provide us with up to three options. Normally, they ask for toys, bedding, clothes or trips, which must be within the established limit of $1,200 Mexican pesos (US$91.11),” said Daniela García Galván, who coordinates the project. “The prizes cannot be electronic devices or promote violence.”

The children are monitored throughout the year. First, members of the NGO visit schools, give motivational talks and stress to students the connection between studying and a better quality of life.

After a few talks and two months before the end of the school year, teachers provide a list of students with the best grades, as well as those who were the most dedicated in the classroom.

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