WORLDFUND IN MEXICO

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The impact of IAPE (blue) and LISTO (red) in Mexico

Mexico has always been a primary focus of Worldfund. We created and launched our teacher and principal training programs, IAPE and LISTO in 2007 and 2009 respectively. In 2010, Worldfund Mexico was established to support rapid program expansion. Worldfund Mexico is a fully-registered charity that can issue tax-deductible receipts for donations made in Mexico.

Mexico lags behind the rest of the world in education quality relative to GDP earnings per capita. The country is one of the world’s ten largest economies, but consistently scores at the bottom of every international test of student achievement. Over 40% of Mexican 15 year olds in school scored at the lowest level in the PISA reading test and over 50% scored at the lowest level in math and science. This means that over half of Mexican youth are functionally illiterate and cannot solve simple equations or explain basic scientific phenomenon.

As the língua franca for business, tourism, scientific research, and a variety of other industries, English profiency opens doors to education and economic advancement.  A recent study found that Mexican professionals who speak English earn 28% more than those who do not.  Yet Mexico was ranked at #43 of 72 countries on the 2017 EF English Proficiency Index, below other “Low Profiency” countries such as Ukraine, Uruguay, Macau, Taiwan, and Chile and a 2015 study by Mexicanos Primero found 97% of graduating middle school students to have not reached the minimum proficiency level established by the Secretary of Education.

THE IMPACT OF OUR WORK IN MEXICO

IAPE 

Trained teachers: 2.228 (English learning for teachers through the Method Rassias®)

Schools: 4,675

Direct impact: 2.134.506 students

LISTO 

Trained Principals: 1.787 (Coaching and training of public school principals in Mexico)

Schools: 2,431

Direct impact: 1.767.021 students

 Total impact in Mexico

7.106 schools

4.015 educators

3.901.527 students

Mexico scores at the bottom of every international test of student achievement

Mexico lags behind the rest of the world in education quality relative to GDP earnings per capita. The country is one of the world’s top ten largest economies, but consistently scores at the bottom of every international test of student achievement. Over 40% of Mexican 15 year olds in school scored at the lowest level in the PISA reading test and over 50% scored at the lowest level in math and science. This means that over half of Mexican youth are functionally illiterate and cannot solve simple equations or explain basic scientific phenomenon.

 

IAPE teacher and students in Mexico

At Worldfund, we measure what matters. Our dedicated Metrics & Evaluation team works closely with staff and participants to collect timely, relevant, and meaningful data on an on-going basis. All our data is used to help us learn what works well and what needs improvement on our programs so that we can provide the most effective training to educators and maximize our impact on students throughout Latin America.

Our data comes from three core categories/methods:

  • Surveys of participants and students
  • Site visits to schools
  • State and national statistics and standardized tests

“Education is the most important productive asset most people will ever own”

Michael Walton, World Bank

Our metrics

All Worldfund programs work to improve the quality of education in Latin America. Our metrics are focused on measuring this improvement in quality, and we also measure the intermediate steps that lead to this change.

Illustrative metrics for our programs include:

  • Number of students reached
  • Student pass/fail rates
  • Increase in educator confidence
  • Standardized test scores
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