The transforming power of a high school diploma in Mexico

Education is a ray of hope, and a diploma is a road to a better future. Still, in many parts of Mexico, students find the path to a high school diploma difficult. Cultural standards, societal restrictions, and economic hardships often stand in the way of their scholastic goals.  The value of earning a high school […] ... Continue Reading »
By: Melina Molina 
on: July 09, 2024

Education is a ray of hope, and a diploma is a road to a better future. Still, in many parts of Mexico, students find the path to a high school diploma difficult. Cultural standards, societal restrictions, and economic hardships often stand in the way of their scholastic goals. 

The value of earning a high school diploma is unparalleled. It is a key that opens many doors to opportunities, thereby enabling social mobility, economic stability, personal development, and social change.

The problem in the Riviera Maya is that public high schools starting in grade 10 have a cost. Students have to pay to apply, for tuition, books, uniforms, etc., often exceeding the costs many low-income working families can cover. Thus, less than 50% of students who finish grade 9 ever graduate from public high school. 

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At KKIS (Keeping Kids in School), we know how much education can change a young person’s life. Our goal is to help Playa del Carmen students so they may finish their public education with the tools and motivation they need. Through our scholarship initiatives, we are assisting in the removal of obstacles, therefore enabling people to realize their own potential.


A Record Year


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Recently, we had our scholarship awarding day at a local high school. 41 new students will enter 10th grade to get a high school diploma. That is the most new students we have ever had in one year. It brings our total to 107 promising high school students in the 2024–2025 school year. We couldn’t be happier to provide 41 new students with an opportunity like this. We would be remiss if we didn’t thank all of our individual and corporate sponsors who make it possible for these amazing students. With a national dropout rate of just over 50%, KKIS is proud to say that 92% of our students graduate, and many continue to college.


Value of a Mexican High School Diploma


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The educational path in Mexico presents several difficulties. Many students still have major challenges, even with government attempts to increase educational access. A big obstacle is financial difficulty; many families cannot afford education expenses, including uniforms, books, and transportation. Social and cultural elements also influence things; some societies, especially for girls, give less value to the need for official schooling.

Still, there are several advantages to earning a high school degree. Economically, graduates have a considerably greater chance than their colleagues without a diploma to land steady, well-paying employment. Studies repeatedly reveal that higher-educated people have better earning potential and employment stability. Socially, education is a great tool for mobility; it helps people break out from the cycle of poverty and raise their quality of life. From a personal standpoint, education develops critical thinking, self-confidence, and accomplishment.


KKIS Scholarships’ Contribution to Playa del Carmen


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KKIS is committed to removing these obstacles and supporting Playa del Carmen students toward their academic goals. Our scholarships provide more than just financial resources. We have special programs to teach them soft skills, English and mentorships, giving these outstanding students essential life skills as well as financial aid. Still, our support transcends financial aid. 

“I have been living and working in Playa del Carmen for over 15 years. When I see a prospective employee has KKIS on their resume, I give them a second look”.  Briar Loewen, Business Owner.

Think about Nayali, a gifted and aspirational kid from a low-income background. Nayali was able to keep up her high school studies despite the financial difficulties her family encountered through a KKIS scholarship. Nayali is not only a high school graduate but also obtained a law degree as a university scholarship student and is now guiding her younger brothers and friends.

Our work originates very much in the community. We partner with nearby businesses, colleges, and volunteers to build a support system for our kids. This community participation is absolutely vital since it encourages group accountability and future investment in young people.


How a High School Diploma Affects Employment


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Mexico’s employment market emphasizes the clear disparity between the opportunities for people with and without a high school diploma. High school graduates are open to more employment possibilities, including those in professional sectors, administrative professions, and skilled trades. Along with better pay, these positions give more work security and chances for promotion.

Data clearly show that people who graduate from high school make far more than those who don’t. This financial difference broadly affects the individual, family, and neighborhood. Higher-income allows graduates to make more major household contributions, therefore enhancing living standards and lowering the financial load.

Moreover, a high school graduation provides the path to professional development and additional study. Higher education or occupational training allows graduates to explore interests outside of their field of study, improving their employment and income potential.

Currently, the minimum wage in Mexico is about MX$250 per day, equivalent to about $15 USD per day. Thus, poverty plays a large part in the education of these students. 

Effect on Family Dynamics

A high school diploma has ripple effects beyond the person’s family and neighborhood. Economically, a high school graduate can pull a whole family out of poverty with a higher income. This financial stability allows families to access better housing, healthcare, and nutrition, creating a healthier and more stable living environment.

Educationally, one family member’s success can motivate others. Aspiring to similar achievements, younger siblings and relatives often look up to the recent high school graduate. This fosters an educational culture inside the family when the importance of knowledge is appreciated and given top priority. Additionally, when family members see the increased salary, they believe that an education can make a true difference in a person’s life. 

The influence is really great, both socially and culturally. Graduates challenge stereotypes and shift perceptions about the importance of education, particularly in communities where schooling may not be highly valued. They become educational advocates, encouraging others to pursue their academic goals and demonstrating the transformative power of a high school diploma.

At KKIS, we believe in the transformative power of education. Our scholarships are investments in the future of our students, their families, and our community, not only financial aid. Supporting KKIS will assist students in removing obstacles to education and create chances for social mobility, economic stability, and personal development.

We encourage you to help us in this endeavor. Your support can make a significant difference in the lives of promising students in Playa del Carmen. Together, we can ensure that every child has the opportunity to complete their education and achieve their dream or receiving a high school diploma.

Support our cause right now by making a donation to KKIS. Your gift will enable children in need of scholarships, school supplies, and support services. Working together, the young people of Playa del Carmen can build a better future.


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