Volcanes is a small community located outside of Puerto Vallarta, at the edge of the mountains. It has limited services and the families who live in Volcanes are very poor.
The Volcanes Community Education Project (VCEP) was started by Club Member Arthur Fumerton in Spring 2011 at the Volcanes Primary School with the support of the Principal, teachers, School Board, Parents Association, the Colonia Council and the City Council. The program grew out of the prior School of Champions which which provided computer, math and English instruction for 200 very poor students in grades 3 to 6.
In Mexico, the government fully funds the cost for children are required to attend public school only until Grade 6. For children to continue their education through Secondary School and High School, the families must help pay tuition costs. For poor families, funds are simply not available to allow the children to continue school beyond grade 6. Fifteen years ago, 70% of children in public schools in Puerto Vallarta did not finish grade 6!
VCEP supplements the school’s curriculum with essential skills including English, math and computer classes. The program is staffed with qualified teachers and many volunteers also lend their expertise and assistance.
Currently, classes are offered to approximately 400 students of grades 1 through high school. These students also attend public school daily. Today, 100% of students in Volcanes continue to Grade 7, and almost all go on to high school. A significant number of students also carry on to universtiy or technical school upon graduating high school. The are currently 80 students in Volcanes who participate in the Becas Schoarship Program.
Program Highlights 2018 – 2019
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