Fundacion Proacceso ECO A.C.

The Fundacion Proacceso is a nonprofit that uses the educational benefits of technology to catalyze the social and economic development of marginalized communities in Mexico. It envisions a world where everyone is digitally included and empowered by access to education.
Oct 25, 2012

Victor and his grandchild learning computing

Thanks to the support we have received on GlobalGiving´s platform our project Access to Technology and Education in Mexico has more and more users. In this project report we would like to introduce you to Victor Manuel Rosado, a dedicated and enthusiastic 63 year old RIA user who convinced his grandchild Victor Alejandro Arvisu to enroll and learn computing at the RIA.

In June this year, Victor Rosado went to the RIA (Learning and Innovation Network) Center located in Huixquilucan a municipality in the State of Mexico, and decided to enroll in Acércate a Open Office, a course intended for people that want to get closer to write texts, make presentations and know who to use a spreadsheet.

Let´s read what this proud grandfather has to say about his experience

“When I go to other organizations I feel they don´t respect me, at a certain moment I started to feel old and I am not old. The RIA is a nonprofit project created with the aim of helping. I brought my grandchild so that he can have a structured knowledge about the computer. I encourage him by reminding him that when I´m stuck I want him to help me out, that makes him more interested. Last but not least, being up to date is part of life; people start to get old when they are out of touch with new technology

As you can see here a very proud grandfather!

http://vimeo.com/48034551

Thanks for your contribution!

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Queremos agradecerles el apoyo dado a nuestros proyecto Access to Tecnology and Education in Mexico. Queremos presentarles a Victor Manuel Rosado un orgulloso abuelo de 63 años que va junto con su nieto al centro RIA (Red de Innovación y Aprendizaje) ubicado en el municipio de Huixquilucan, en el Estado de México.

Desde junio de este año Victor se inscribió a nuestro curso Acércate a Open Office y dos meses más tarde convenció a su nieto Victor Alejandro Arvisu, de 11 años, para que se inscribiera también en el curso Descubre la compu.

Conozcan la historia de este orgulloso abuelo y activo usuario de la tecnología.

¡Gracias por tu contribución!

http://vimeo.com/48034551

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Sep 7, 2012

Four aspiring scientists to study English at RIA

E-flyer to encourage scientists to study English
E-flyer to encourage scientists to study English

Thanks to all of you who have supported our project in GlobalGiving, we are going to be able to help four aspiring young scientists learn English. This will help them gain access to better schools and be able to share their understanding of science with their communities and their country.

Who are they? They are students aged 15 – 21 from marginalized communities in Mexico who are participating in Mexico’s National Science Fair in October 2012.

We designed an e-flyer to spread the word to all the young scientists and encourage them to share their thoughts on the importance of learning English and of course be part of the RIA community by enrolling in our English course. Through this project, we aim to draw attention to the importance of learning English so that we can motivate students to strengthen their academic performance and use their talents to give back to their families and communities. We will also try to help them prepare for the best international competitions in their field.

So far we have received 4 scholarship applications that we will be able to provide thanks to your generosity. We want to share some excerpts from their application essays with you:

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In my case it is almost mandatory to learn English. My academic background and research interest in Nanotechonology mean that English is of utmost importance if I want to have access to scientific articles, specialized magazines, and the most influential books in my field. Ever since I decided to get involved in science, I was aware of the importance of English. That is why I am studying and working at the same time to be able to afford an English course someday.

-Juan Carlos Reyes, 22, Student from Tecamac

I am interested in learning English because nowadays its the language that is spoken all over the world. It would allow me to access specialized books and software that are available only in English. This would help me stay on the cutting edge of Science. Although I already have some basic knowledge, I would like to perfect my English language skills so that one day I can study a post-graduate degree abroad.

- Mario Ángel López Juárez, 23, Student from Cuautitlán Izcalli

We are looking forward to receiving more great stories about how learning English is important to improve these scientists’ future!

Many thanks

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En mi caso es más que importante aprender inglés, por mi formación académica y de investigador, incursionando en la ciencia de la Nanotecnología, el saber inglés es una obligación. Todos los artículos de investigación científica, revistas y libros más influyentes solo existen en ese idioma. Desde que quise involucrarme en esta ciencia sabía de la exigencia del ingles, es por ello que estudio y trabajo para poder algún día llegar a solventar un curso de este idioma.

-Juan Carlos Reyes, 22 años , estudiante en Tecamac.

 

Me interesa aprender inglés ya que hoy en día es el idioma que más se habla en todo el mundo. Me gustaría aprender Inglés para poder tener acceso a libros especializados y a software que se desarrollan principalmente en este idioma, esto me ayudaría a estar a la vanguardia. A pesar de que tengo conocimientos básicos del idioma, me gustaría dominarlo a la perfección ya que en mis planes está el poder realizar algún posgrado en el extranjero.

- Mario Ángel López Juárez, 23, estudiante en Cuautitlán Izcalli

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Jul 27, 2012

Meet Iris, a blind girl learning English @ the RIA

Iris learning English at the RIA
Iris learning English at the RIA

We want to thank everyone who has supported our projects on GlobalGiving, especially regarding Access to Technology and Education in Mexico. In this project report we would like to introduce you to Iris López Martínez, an 11 year old blind girl who is taking English classes in one of our RIA (Learning and Innovation Network) Centers [www.ria.org.mx].

Iris is in 5th grade and goes to a public elementary school in a little town called Santiaguito Coaxuxtenco. She decided she wanted to learn to speak English after participating in a singing contest thanks to a sponsorship from the Foundation where she is learning Braille. All of the other participants were English speakers and she was frustrated that she couldn´t communicate with them.

Her parents enrolled her in English classes at the RIA in the nearby town of Tenango del Valle in June. She is well integrated into the group of seven children in her class; she is a fast learner and works at the same pace, or sometimes even faster than her classmates.

With the funds raised through the GlobalGiving platform, we have been able to purchase a Transparent Braille Computer Keyboard for Iris. We will also be installing a screen reader software to help her follow her classes.

The RIA strives to be an inclusive learning environment. “The fact that she is blind was not an obstacle for us to enroll her in the course with other kids. I wasn´t sure if we had the tools to help her in the learning process but I was glad to take the risk and today it´s already been 8 weeks since she started and she is doing very well”, says Dulce Bobadilla, Iris’ English teacher.

In this video you can watch Iris doing her favorite activity, singing, together with her English classmates in Tenango del Valle, Mexico:

http://vimeo.com/46497246

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Queremos agradecerl el apoyo dado a nuestros proyectos en GlobalGiving, especialmente el de Access to Tecnology and Education in Mexico. En el reporte de esta vez, queremos presentarles Iris López Martínez, una pequeña de 11 años quien es invidente y toma clases de Inglés en uno de nuestros centros RIA (Red de Innovación y Aprendizaje) [www.ria.org.mx].

Iris cursa 5to grado y estudia en una escuela primaria pública en una pequeña localidad llamada Santiaguito Coaxuxtenco. Ella decidió estudiar Inglés luego de haber participado en un concurso de canto patrocinada por la Fundación en la que aprende Braille, allí nadie hablaba español, sólo Inglés y por lo tanto le impedía a Iris comunicarse con los otros participantes.

En junio sus padres la inscribieron al curso de Inglés en la RIA en un municipio cercano a su casa, Tenango del Valle. Iris se ha integrado muy bien con los otros 7 niños del grupo, ha logrado aprender rápido y siguiendo el paso de sus compañeros, a veces llega a ser más rápida que el resto de la clase.

Con los recursos que hemos logrado recaudar a través de GlobalGiving, logramos comprar un teclado braille transparente para la computadora que usa Iris. También instalaremos un software de lectura en su computadora para ayudarla a seguir sus clases.

La RIA se esfuerza por ser un espacio inclusivo de aprendizaje. “ El hecho de que sea ciega no fue un obstáculo para aceptarla en nuestro curso con otros chicos. No estaba segura si tendría las herramientas necesarias para apoyarla en su proceso de aprendizaje pero estaba dispuesta a asumir el riesgo y hoy ya llevamos 8 semanas desde que comenzó su curso y va muy bien”, dice Dulce Bobadilla, facilitadora de Inglés en la RIA a cargo del curso de Iris.

En el siguiente video podrán ver a Iris haciendo su actividad favorita, cantar, junto con sus compañeros de clase en el centro RIA de Tenango del Valle, México:

http://vimeo.com/46497246

 

Iris with her classmates
Iris with her classmates
A classmate helps Iris to use the computer
A classmate helps Iris to use the computer
Iris and family at the RIA
Iris and family at the RIA

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