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Endeavour scholarship program offers life changing opportunities for students in rural Mexico

Schollarship

Education is vital for social and economic progress in today’s world. Unfortunately, financial barriers prohibit many Mexican students from continuing their studies.

For this reason, Endeavour created a scholarship program to provide greater access to educational opportunities for students in nearby communities, including remote areas. First launched in Bolañitos in 2017, last year we expanded the program to the El Cubo area, and also formed a partnership with the Universidad de Guanajuato to administer the scholarships to students undertaking studies at that university.

In 2018, 77 students from junior high school to university received the scholarships. With this financial assistance from Endeavour, school- related costs including registration, uniforms, books and transportation are covered, enabling students to further their education and increase their career opportunities.

Enhanced Social Impact Management

Social Impact

To help us plan and manage the social impacts of mine closure, an external firm visited our sites in Guanaceví, El Cubo and Bolañitos and identified a number of aspects for consideration, including:

  • Supporting education and employability skills. This recommendation aligns with Endeavour’s existing investment priorities in these communities. In 2018, we allocated 18% of our community investment budget to these two areas, and our goal is to scale this up to 50% by the end of 2019 (see Community Investment section of this report).
  • Transitioning some public services that Endeavour has provided in these communities and will no longer be able to support once the mines reach the end of their lives. Such services include water access (for non-drinkable water), garbage collection and electricity for a small group of people.
  • Supporting workers to transition to other jobs, by helping them certify their skills, transfer where possible to other mines, or assisting them with external placement.

Employment