Fundacion EDUCA Mexico

Fundacion EDUCA supports 50 low-income Community Schools in 10 Mexican states to strengthen their educational quality and build their self-sufficiency. In 2010, EDUCA Network Schools offer quality formal education and essential services for the wellbeing of 12,466 disadvantaged children of ages between 0 and 17 years.
Jul 9, 2014

Tai-chi for pre-schoolers: A unique way of reducing violence

The young pre-schoolers greeting us
The young pre-schoolers greeting us

The following is a postcard from Lucius and Sarah, GlobalGiving's In-the-Field Representatives in Mexico, about Fundación EDUCA Mexico's amazing ethics program for pre-schoolers. 

At 7:30AM in Ixtapaluca, a poor municipality just thirty minutes outside Mexico City by car, the groan of an empty stomach brings young children to the local pre-school. These children love coming to school because it is a safe haven and a welcome respite from the violence and poverty that plagues their society. 

Fundación EDUCA Mexico A.C runs a pilot program called “Universal Education for the Development of Ethics” in which young pre-schoolers begin their mornings with a session of tai chi. It was a rare sight to see pre-schoolers practice tai chi, and equally mesmerizing to watch them move so gracefully. Tai chi teaches these children calmness and empathy, and reduces their preponderance to violence. 

Next, a teacher leads them into a dark classroom to meditate and reflect. Meditation imbues these children with self-restraint, something rarely seen in a violent society. Finally, they engage in a discussion where one classmate presents a real-life scenario from home and other classmates debate the morality of certain actions. This problem-solving approach helps them to understand the logic behind their actions and thought process, calmly assessing the situation from an outsider's perspective. It was incredible to witness the positive effects that the program had on these kids' lives. 

A new generation of Mexicans are emerging that need creative and sustainable education programs such as these to inculcate deep-seated values early on in life. Fundación EDUCA plays a vital role in keeping these programs up and running. Without support from the Mexican government, your donations are more vital than ever.

Support Fundación EDUCA on GlobalGiving by clicking here

Meditation Session
Meditation Session
Tai chi in the morning
Tai chi in the morning
Jun 4, 2014

Assertiveness, Equanimity, Resilence and Wisdom.

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This report contains some study cases gathered via testimonies shared by parents and students who are beneficiaries of the program. This cases show the perception of parents who have noticed important changes in their children's daily interaction with their social environment. Thanks for supporting the program.

Case 1: Zoe's mom says her daughter is now able to detect with more frequency her own judgemental comments in her conversations as well as in her personal relations with friends and family members. Once she notices it, she has the ability to correct her stance in order to be less judgemental.

Case 2: Marco has increased his participation in class activities. Also, when explaining something, he shows more clarity in his ideas: he can connect topics with examples of his own life, and then share them in class.

Case 3: Elián uses meditation on his daily activities to solve some dilemmas.

Case 4: Samantha is a girl with certain family and heatlh ( thyroid ) issues, so she manages his fear or anxiety with meditation, to calm herself down.

Case 5: María José says she, now, is aware of some value judgements she expresses when talking to cousins and grandparents; and every time she modifies them into opinions, because she realize is talking then, about it’s mental object. 

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Apr 7, 2014

T- EDUCA lands on Tlajomulco, Jalisco, Mexico.

Highschool. Instituto Lideres del Siglo.
Highschool. Instituto Lideres del Siglo.

Fundación EDUCA México A.C. and its program T–EDUCA (this name, in spanish, is kind of a letter game, which would mean: we teach you) are now working together with the school Líderes del Siglo (L.I.S.I), A.C. located in Tlajomulco, a city in Jalisco state in Mexico.

It is a high school with 191 students, provides its students with services such as: parental school, counseling , adult literacy , job training , education club , estimulates sports and culture and has a soccer and judo academy. However L.I.S.I didn’t have a wide acces to technology, internet and more.

Today it is essential to incorporate technology -and guide how to use it for your own benefit-, into education. The world is more and more into new technology, and everybody needs to get used to it.

So, this school got a Virtual Learning Space, E.V.A. ( for its acronym in Spanish ) to let the new century get in.  Thanks to our donors, the best supplies on school furniture and equipment was found:

- 36 computers

- 19 double computer desks

- 35 chairs for students

- 1 chair for teacher

- 1 interactive whiteboard with an integrated projector

- 1 adapter and cable for board

- 1 Multifunctional

- 18 regulators

It only took two weeks to get fully installed. Windows 8 was chose as the operating system for the computers and teachers and students were instructed on how to handle it. The Virtual Learning Space, now a day, its open and works properly; and these students finally got a chance of a better, more rounded education.

Interactive whiteboard.
Interactive whiteboard.
Virtual Learning Space
Virtual Learning Space

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