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Journey North joins with Monarchs Across Georgia to bring books to Mexico again this year!  

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The Mexico Book Project was established in 2004 by Monarchs Across Georgia  (MAG) as a literacy effort for the schools that surround the Mexican overwintering sanctuaries. Initially, educators and nature enthusiasts from Georgia (and other U.S. states and Canada) traveled to the monarch region and donated books to the classrooms they visited. In recent years, the books donated through MAG have been delivered  by Journey North's Estela Romero to the same classrooms participating in the Symbolic Migration


You can donate funds to the Mexico Book Project via the online form, allowing us to send a variety of book titles to the schools in the areas that surround the monarch sanctuaries.  The online form below will allow you to pay by credit card (Discover, MasterCard or Visa) or to mail a check.

MEXICO BOOK PROJECT DONATION FORMbook certificate

We will recognize donors (if you choose) by publishing their names on our website donor list.  Certificates (like the one shown to the right) are available and a letter denoting your tax-deductible donation will be provided.

THE STORY BEHIND THE MEXICO BOOK PROJECT

Monarchs Across Georgia (MAG) has donated books to schools in the state of Michoacán and Mexico every year since 2004 in an effort to generate awareness and understanding between two cultures through the study of monarch butterflies.  We have always felt it was important to include a look at the Mexican educational system, which differs greatly from the American system.  The Mexican education system is divided into four levels: preschool (K1-K3); compulsory basic education, called grades 1 through 9; upper secondary education, consisting of grades 10 through 12 and a university level education.  Education in Mexico is mandatory only for nine years.

Two of the biggest problems that the educational system in Mexico faces are its low enrollment and high dropout rates.  Emiliana Zapata Pancho MayaEncouragingly, enrollment in grades 1 through 9 grew from “9.7 million students in 1970, to 21.6 million students in 2000”.   This rapid growth presented many problems as there are not enough teachers and/or supplies to teach this many students at one time.  All of these challenges mean that only approximately 68% of Mexican children graduate from grade nine.  To put this in context, note that is very close to the high school graduation rate of 70.8% that was announced for Georgia in 2006.  However, that rate was for a full K-12 education, with all of the advantages that our American tax dollars provide.

Literature Cited

Santibanez, Lucrecia, Vernez, Georges, Razquin, Paula. “Education in Mexico – Challenges and Opportunities.” Rand Corporation, 2005, Retrieved Aug 10, 2008, <www.rand.org/pubs/documented_briefings/2005/RAND_DB480.sum.pdf

"High School Graduation Rates 2006-2007.”Bureau of Business Research and Economic Development.Feb 14, 2007. Accessed Aug. 10, 2008. <www.livingoak.org

 Adolpho Lopez Mateos