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United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, Enrique Peña Nieto (Mexico President)

Dear supporters of La Gloria English School,

Happy New Year to all of you and thank you so much for your continued support of La Gloria English School. We have ended 2012 in the black, thanks to your dedication and generosity towards this school. Every year brings changes to Isla Mujeres and to La Gloria English School.  This year there is a very big change for me and the School. I have decided that June 30th, 2013 will be my last day as director of La Gloria English School, so the school will be closing as of that date. The decisions to retire has been a difficult one for me. However, for family health and other reasons I have decided it is time to retire and renew the quality of my life.

In truth, the enrollment has been going down slowly over the last two years. Nevertheless the current students are dedicated to learning English and will be upset to hear this news. If we stayed open, possibly the enrollment would recover in a few more years, when the international economy also recovers and brings more sales to businesses on Isla.

Regarding our assets, we have sufficient funds to complete our last six months of the school year. There will be legal costs to dissolve both the U.S. non-profit Friends of La Gloria English School and the Mexican civil association (non-profit) La Gloria English School AC.  If there are any surplus funds, we hope to offer full scholarships to our students for our last course, April through June.  If there is a surplus after that, we will donate to PEACE-Isla Mujeres.  They have been strong supporters of our school and continue to do great things to help local people on Isla Mujeres.  The U.S. non-profit associated with them is PEACE MEXICO.

I can't thank you enough for your generous support, in volunteering at the school and donating to help continue the operations through our nine years of existence. I appreciate deeply your commitment to the school and to the people of Isla Mujeres.  (For those of you who are also participants in the separate 'scholarship program' for getting/keeping local kids in high school and college through financial assistance, we will continue that project.)

Best regards, Maggie Washa 


Kayla Correa

This petition closed over 4 years ago

How this will help

My friend 'Kayla Correa' Grandma received an email from the director of La Gloria 'Maggie Washa'.Their financial situation is currently in "excellent shape", but the director still needs to...

My friend 'Kayla Correa' Grandma received an email from the director of La Gloria 'Maggie Washa'.Their financial situation is currently in "excellent shape", but the director still needs to leave because of family illness and there has still been no luck in finding a new director to take over. And we are not sure how this problem can be solved. A new director needs to be found, raising awareness about La Gloria might inspire someone to take over as the director ? And Maggie is the current director who will be leaving.

Why important to save a school from closing?

Education beats poverty: one extra year of schooling increases a person's earnings by up to 10%. 171 million people could be lifted out of poverty if all students in low-income countries left school with basic reading skills. Education promotes gender equality by helping women control how many children they have. In Mali, women with secondary education or higher have an average of three children, while those with no education have an average of seven children.Education reduces child mortality: a child born to a mother who can read is 50% more likely to survive past age five. In Indonesia, child vaccination rates are 19% when mothers have no education and 68% when mothers have at least secondary school education. Education contributes to improved maternal health: women with higher levels of education are most likely to delay and space out pregnancies, and to seek health care and support. Education helps combat HIV, malaria and other preventable diseases. In addition, it facilitates access to treatment and fights against stigma and discrimination.Education encourages environmental sustainability. It allows people make decisions that meet the needs of the present without compromising those of future generations. The UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (DESD), launched in 2005, urges countries to rethink education, curricula and teaching practice in ways that complement the drive to achieve EFA.Education helps global development. An estimated $16 billion in aid is needed annually to reach the EFA goals in poor countries. However, in 2008 poor countries received only $2 billion in aid for basic education. The worldwide military expenditure for 2009 was $1.5 trillion.

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