KKIS has a new project. In addition to helping elementary and junior high school children with school supplies we are offering scholarships for students to continue their education in high school. Public high school in Mexico is not free. We met with the Director of Education in Solidaridad and she recommended a technical school in the Guadalupana neighborhood (on the way to Cristo Rey and near our original school, Pelopidas). It is called CETMAR and specializes in studies dealing with the sea. Students decide on one area of study after their first semester: agua culture, electricity, recreational aquatics or human resource management.
A major part of their study is in the ocean. Once or twice a month groups of 20 kids spend time in the sea. For this activity the school needs snorkel and scuba gear that can be used by all. There are currently 280 students enrolled but this is only the second year of its’ existence here in Playa del Carmen. There are similar schools in Chetumal and Cancun.
If you have snorkel or scuba gear that you are no longer using and would like to donate, please be in touch: firstname.lastname@example.org. We will arrange a location and time to pick up things.
Please give these future oceanographers a head start!