The Forgotten Ones: How Rural Teachers in Mexico are Facing the COVID19 Pandemic

Brenda Cecilia Padilla Rodriguez, Alejandro Armellini, John Traxler


The COVID-19 global pandemic resulted in the cancellation of face-to-face classes in Mexico, as it did across the world. This paper focuses on the experiences of 75 rural teachers in Mexico, who represent a minority in a country where approximately 80% of the population lives in urban areas. An online survey was administered to participants, who taught in a variety of schools, including K-12 and university settings. These participants shared how they changed their teaching practice, the challenges they faced, and the support they required. The digital divide represented a key challenge for both teachers and their students. In the face of inconsistent, unclear, or non-existent government support, most rural teachers showed commitment, resilience, and resourcefulness. They took control of, and responsibility for, their professional development by seeking ways to fill gaps in their knowledge and continue supporting their learners. Recommendations for institutional authorities and policy makers are discussed.


rural teachers, pandemic, COVID-19, educational changes, teaching practices, staff development, resourcefulness, emergency remote teaching, digital learning

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