Mexican women praise SFU education program

Sep 18, 2003, vol. 28, no. 2

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Four women from Tijuana, Mexico are coming to Vancouver to talk about how a one-of-a-kind, community-based education program, co-sponsored by SFU, has changed their lives.

The three-year program - women, poverty and education in Mexico - helps low-income Mexican women overcome barriers, such as poverty, gender discrimination, low literacy levels and racism, to higher education.

Universidad Iberoamericana and Los Ninos de Baja California, a Mexican non-government organ-ization and SFU (Latin American studies and community education in continuing studies) run the program. Its 98 participants are well known where they live as community promoters and are heavily involved in volunteer work.

The four who are coming to relay their experiences in the program are graduating in December. The women will give their presentations on Sept. 29, from 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. in the Peter Kaye room at Vancouver public library. The presentations are open to the public. For more information phone 604-291-5201.

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