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    Provides information about Mexico's Telesecundaria programme, which uses TV to promote learnign
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    UNESCO report on the use of ICT in developing countries. Some references to Mexico specifically.
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    UNESCO report on the use of ICT in Education for all. Includes discussion of Mexico as a case study.
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AFP: Fears of violence shake Mexico schools - 0 views

  • ACAPULCO, Mexico — Mexican schools appear increasingly vulnerable to the country's drug violence, with five human heads dumped outside one school and threats of a grenade attack on another in the past week alone.

    From northern border areas to Acapulco, on the Pacific coast, to the port of Veracruz, on the Gulf of Mexico, the trend has seen parents keep their children at home as both students and teachers see themselves as targets.

  • Beyond threats linked to drug gangs, violence threatening children and teachers has also occurred in recent weeks inside schools, including in northeastern Sinaloa and northern Nuevo Leon states.
  • "The community has organized itself and decided not to send children to school until we receive promises from the authorities," said Lourdes Sarabia, director of the National Union of Education Workers of Culiacan.
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  • Perhaps the biggest drama though has played out in violence-plagued Acapulco, where thousands of teachers have demonstrated and almost 200 schools in the area have been paralyzed by a month of strike action to persuade authorities to improve security amid extortion threats.
  • The fears appear excessive but are "part of the deterioration of daily life in some communities, as violence affects civilians in public places," according to Javier Oliva, an expert in security issues at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM).
  • Two weeks ago the government said classes would resume, after they promised to install panic buttons in schools and police patrols nearby, but the protest continued.

    Acapulco street seller Elizabeth Garcia, a 26-year-old mother of two, said she felt calmer keeping her kids at home.

    "I don't know if it's better that they don't go to school, but at least I know where they are," Garcia said.

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Mexican Teachers Push Back Against Gangs' Extortion Attempt - - 0 views

  • ACAPULCO, Mexico — The message is delivered by a phone call to the office of one school, a sheaf of photocopied papers dropped off at another, a banner hung outside a third.
  • The demand is the same: teachers have until Oct. 1 to start handing over half of their pay. If they do not, they risk their lives.

    Extortion is a booming industry in Mexico, with reported cases having almost tripled since 2004. To some analysts, it is an unintended consequence of the government’s strategy in the drug war: as the large cartels splinter, armies of street-level thugs schooled in threats and violence have brought their skills to new enterprises.

    But the threat to teachers here in this tarnished tourist resort has taken the practice to a new level. Since the anonymous threats began last month, when students returned to classes after summer break, hundreds of schools have shut down.

  • “We are all scared,” said a high school drawing teacher who would give her name only as Noemi. “We are targets because we have a salary that is a bit more stable than the rest.”
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  • State officials have tried to play down the school closings, which are concentrated in public schools in some of the city’s poorest neighborhoods. But after an estimated 7,000 teachers protested on Wednesday, the Guerrero State governor, Ángel Aguirre, met with teachers on Thursday, promising a host of new security measures, including increased police patrols and the installation of panic buttons, telephones and video cameras in every school.
  • “Extorting teachers is risky; it generates a great deal of social disgust,” said Raúl Benitez, a security specialist at the National Autonomous University of Mexico. “It’s just a stupidity.”
  • On the first day of school at La Patria es Primero Elementary School (which translates roughly as “Country First”) in the Zapata neighborhood, three men sauntered in pretending to be parents and then drew guns on the teachers, making off with money, school documents and a laptop belonging to a fifth-grade teacher who would give only his first name, Ricardo.

    The school’s payroll officer received a message demanding that she hand over information about teachers’ salaries and has left the city, Ricardo said. “It could just be low-level kids taking advantage,” he said, “but they are spreading a psychosis among the population.”

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Video Series - Improving Education in Mexico - 1 views

    Video Series: "Improving Education in Mexico"
    Mexico has participated in every cycle of the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) since 2000. Inspired by PISA 2009 results and in the context of the cooperation agreement with Mexico, a video series entitled "Improving Education in Mexico" has been developed. The series consists of five short video segments (5 to 6 minutes), available in English and Spanish, that cover the following themes
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Mexican Teachers Protest against President | Teacher Solidarity - 0 views

    Teachers in Oaxaca, Mexico mounted a peaceful demonstration against the president's visit to the town

    Police fired tear gas and the military live rounds at protesters from section 22 of the teachers' union SNTE - CNTE who were protesting against the visit of Felipe Calderon. Police  also  attacked the teachers' union building and deployed snipers on rooves. Up to 20 teachers have been injured.
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Mexico City Teachers call for Solidarity | Teacher Solidarity - 0 views

    Teachers in Mexico City are asking teaching unions from around the world to sign a letter supporting their right to elect their own leaders

    Section IX of the Mexican teachers' union SNTE is calling on the government to allow them to exercise their right to elect their own leaders, now that the courts have ruled that the executive committee appointed by Esther Gordillo (who appointed herself President for life) is unlawful.
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Poverty News Blog: An attempt to save the Mexican border town of Ciudad Juarez - 1 views

  • The Mexican town of Ciudad Juarez is one of the deadliest in the world. Controlled by two waring drug gangs and a corrupt police, the town witnesses over 3,000 murders a year.
  • Investments designed to counter the poverty and disenchantment that supply cartels with foot soldiers are injected throughout the city: parks and new high schools in some of the poorest neighborhoods, new hospitals and clinics and more police patrols in commercial districts to stop the extortion that has devastated Juarez's local economy.
  • For every high school built under Todos Somos Juarez, the city is short another.
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Mexican children learn to take cover in drug war - AlertNet - 1 views

  • Mexican officials are teaching school children how to dive for cover if they come under fire from gangs fighting over the Pacific beach city of Acapulco as drug violence reaches deeper into everyday life.

    At a drill in an Acapulco primary school this week, instructors used toy guns that simulated the sound of real gunfire.

    "Get down, let's go!" shouted an instructor as children threw themselves on the ground in classrooms and the playground and then crawled toward safety, burying their heads in their hands.

  • Most schools in Acapulco have not yet received the training and some civic leaders prefer to play down the violence.
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Mexico's drug gangs aim at new target teachers - World AP - - 1 views

  • Now as Christmas approaches, mobsters have chosen a new target, turning their sights on humble schoolteachers.

    Painted threats scrawled outside numerous public schools demand that teachers hand over their Christmas bonuses or face the possibility of an armed attack on the teachers - and even the children.

  • To make the point clear, assailants set fire to a federal preschool in the San Antonio district a week ago, leaving the director's office in smoldering ruins.

    Scribbled on the wall in gold paint was the reason: "For not paying."

  • Now with the targets being teachers, parents have pulled thousands of children from schools where heightened security already had turned them into seeming prisons, enclosed with coils of barbed wire atop concrete walls.
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  • "We are scared," admitted Maria de Jesus Casio, principal of the Ramon Lopez Velarde Elementary School. But she also said teachers don't want to pay. "Teachers don't have much money. The salaries are just enough for survival."

    Teachers in this city earn an average of $650 a month. Christmas bonuses vary but the average is about a month's pay.

  • "The educational system is under threat by criminal groups," Javier Gonzalez, the under secretary for education in northern Chihuahua state, said in an interview. "We're just praying to God that there never is an event of this nature."
  • At the pre-primary school hit by arson Dec. 5, director Norma Pena said her school had been sacked of anything valuable.

    "They constantly rob from us - the metal bars from the fence, the air conditioners, even the swing sets," Pena said. "The laws are so soft. The laws are no good. When they catch someone, they let them go right away. The criminals threaten the authorities."

  • "We feel the caring and love people have for our school. This is what keeps us going," Casio said. But the crime gangs are sapping hope. "They respect no one. What is there to rob in this school? And we teachers, with our salaries, have even less."
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Educational Portal of the Americas - 1 views

    Professional Development Courses through the Educational Portal of the Americas
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Cursos y Programas a Distancia - 0 views

    System to research courses and programs within the OAS database. 
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"Flow" Press Kit - 2 views

    Hi Deyanira,

    Thank you for this information. I will put this info into the environmental section and the human rights section of our curriculum.

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