- Yearly ~ 300 kids start high school but only 51 finish.
- Students quit school to work, to make money or because their families can’t pay for school.
- Higher quality local Jobs are taken by residents of Cancun. Local kids don’t have the skills.
- Approximately 70% people come daily from Cancun to work on the Isla.
Island graduation rates
- Only half of kids finish K-8 and attend high school.
- Students also drop out because they have no aspirations for college or higher paying careers.
No Higher education available
- It costs 84 pesos (approx. $4) to get to Cancun and back plus transportation and food. Minimum wage in Mexico is only 88 pesos per day.
- Poorer families can’t afford to leave the Island, leaving them with no access to education.
Education options are needed
- There are only six K-8 and two high schools on the island.
- No vocational schools exist on the Isla
- A University accessible to students on the Isla who want to acquire applicable skills that lead to solid employment is a necessity.
About Our School
Watch this short video to learn more about Universidad Sacro Cuore Isla Mujeres
- Initial planning has been completed by Padre Raul – a widely respected Priest on Isla Mujeres
- Consulting with local universities Anahuac, LaSalle and Chetumal
- Management team and teachers selected
- Local businesses to provide internships
- Goal: Train local residents to become teachers
Areas of study
On-island education will be available for 300 young men and women in the following areas:
- Hotel management
- Computer science
Capacity for Students
Available for Isla Residents
Our Goal: Expansion Across the Peninsula
- Holbox | A Tropical Island to the North
- Tihosuco | Inland, Eco-tourism Center with Ancient Churches
- Mahahual | An east coast city which hosts 7+ Cruise Ships Daily
- Bacalar | Laguna de los Siete Colores
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Facilities and Funding
The Isla Mujeres main campus Will include
- Administrative Offices
- Computer Lab
- Instructional Kitchen
- Model Hotel Room
- 15 Classrooms
Operations and Construction
- Offices and Labs funded by Expat Donors – $200K
To Be Completed
- 3 Buildings – $300K USD Needed
- Furniture, Technology & Supplies $300K USD Needed
Total Funding Required by June 2019 to Finish Construction
$300K from Local Businesses
$300K from Yucatan Education Project
Total Funding Required Operate the School
- $400K USD/year to run the school
- $270K USD/year from tuition (annual per student)
- Tuition = $1000/year per student
- $50K USD from the Yucatan Education Project (Seattle)
- $50K USD Donations from local businesses