Bénédicte Desrus

Documentary Photographer + Photojournalist
     
Education in indigenous communities during school closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Mexico.
Location: Toulouse, France
Nationality: French
Biography: 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 in ... MORE
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Education in indigenous communities during school closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Mexico.
Copyright Bénédicte Desrus 2022
Updated May 2021
Location Yucatán, Mexico
Topics Children, Documentary, Education, Photography, Photojournalism, School/College

In Mexico schools have kept closed for over a year, which has led to the number of children not participating in classes increasing by 74 percent. Hardest hit are the ones without access to internet, television or mobile phones. As the country is preparing for a gradual reopening of schools, they are likely the ones who have fallen most behind.

According to the UN, almost 500 million children have been excluded from the remote learning solutions replacing their normal schooling due to the COVID-19 pandemic. For many children in rural villages it has been impossible to take part in any classes, and parents who often had only a few years in school themselves have a hard time helping them.

We have followed several teachers in indigenous communities in the Mexican state of Yucatán who have sought creative solutions to the situation, such as visiting students by motorcycle-taxi every two weeks and making their own teaching materials for bilingual children who are used to speaking only Maya at home.

Text by Åsa Welander
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