Ever since it was created in 1997, Oportunidades has grown significantly. It started covering 300,000 families and today that number has increased to 6.5 million households, including those attended by the Food Support Program (PAL).
During the current administration, the number of regional offices has been increased by 60% going from 130 to 205, thus obtaining higher quality in beneficiaries´ service.
The social network has been strengthened by the creation of 75,000 Communitarian Promotion Committees, which are elected directly by the beneficiaries in each locality, in order for them to have a direct and permanent contact between the families and the Program.
From 2000 to 2012, Oportunidades´ coverage has grown from 2.5 million to 6.5 million families meaning that three out of ten Mexican are beneficiaries.
Evolution of the beneficiaries’ data base
The Program aims its actions at encouraging enrollment, continuance and regular school attendance of beneficiary boys, girls and teens, by awarding educational grants and economic resources for school supplies.
Grants amounts increase as the school level is higher. Starting Junior High School, the Program gives girls a grant which amount is larger than that given to boys, considering that girls normally tend to drop out in higher proportions and at earlier ages, situation that has been reverted within Oportunidades’ beneficiaries.
Oportunidades has awarded more than six million educational grants in the current school year (2011-2012); more than 50% of them were given to young women in Junior and high school.
Oportunidades´ beneficiaries build up schooling and tend to have a much different life expectations than their parents had. During the 2012 school year we have hit more than six million grant recipients, while in 2000 we had less than 2.5 million grants, by 2006 it was increased to 5.2 million grant recipients.
Throughout the present administration and as an orientation and motivational strategy for teens during their Junior and high School years, the program has organized more than 300 Educational Fairs named Ferias Vivir Mejor with the attendance of approximately one quarter million Oportunidades´ grant recipients.
Martes 2 de octubre de 2012 a las 4:43 pm
por Fernando Irala Burgos