Bénédicte Desrus is a French documentary photographer working worldwide. After 20 years of living abroad, including 15 in Mexico and four in East Africa, she returned to her home country in July 2021 and is currently based...
Focus:Photographer, Photojournalist, Reporter, Health, Entertainment, Travel, Technology, Science, Documentary, Creative, Photography, Foreign, Portraiture, Lifestyle, Events, Author, International News, Arts & Culture, Freelance, Civil Rights and Social Inequality, Humanitarian, Assignments, Human Rights, Investigation
Covering:Africa,Europe,Latin America,USA & Canada
Skills:Research, Photo Editing, Photojournalism
Mexico: Education in indigenous communities during the COVID-19 pandemic
Two pupils wash their hands to prevent the spread of COVID-19 before attending a small-in person class, amid the coronavirus pandemic at the Ignacio Ramírez Calzada primary school in the indigenous community of Celtún, Chichimilá municipality, Yucatán state, Mexico on May 3, 2021. The Covid-19 pandemic has disrupted education for an estimated 90 percent of the world’s school children. In Mexico, schools have been closed since mid-March 2020 and the government switched the system to distanced learning or “Aprende en Casa” (Learn at Home), where students learn on television and the internet at home. However, due to the lack of internet connectivity and the barrier of the language, distance learning has been impossible for many children in isolated and impoverished parts of the country. Celtún is a rural, remote and indigenous community in the state of Yucatán, with no telecommunications infrastructure. There, to ensure continuity of learning to their students, teachers at the Ignacio Ramírez Calzada primary school Mary Carmen Che Chi and José Manuel Cen Kauil, prepare bilingual learning materials at their home and distribute it to their students every two weeks. Today, schools still remain closed in Mexico, but since September 2020, the two teachers have gotten the green light from their supervisor to run small in-person classes every two weeks at the school as the coronavirus pandemic continues. Photograph by Bénédicte Desrus