We are happy to inform that we've been very bussy working on expanding our impact to more communities and hopefully all around Mexico. By the end of this year we will be opening 25 more digital libraries in the poorest communities in the State of Mexico (all throughout the periphery of Mexico City).
Also, the model of we've created in the Learning and Innovation Network (or RIA), is now expanding to different parts of the country. This model, seeks to impact as many children, youth and adults as possible by offering educational resources they can use to solve their every day needs and problems.
This is a new opportunity for us to apply every lesson learned in the past and create new stratergies. We are working as a team and listening what eveyone wants to say in order to improve our work and help more people.
We also want to share with you that trought out this period we've reached the numer 500,000 user. We think that is such a big number! Behind this number, there are 500,000 stories, endless efforts and a shared hope to be a better person and help the people surround us to have a better quality of life.
Thanks to your donations to this project, we've given more than 15 100% scholarships to the people that need it more. With your help, 10 kids that couldn't pay for their course were able to finish at the same time than their friends and classemates.
While learning how to use a computer and how to create Word documents, children in the Learning and Innovation Network (RIA) explain how they arrived to the RIA and why they like it.
RIA’s learning experience from the voice of the children that you’ve helped.
My name is Ana Paola López González. I’m in 11 years old and study the 5th grade. I knew about the RIA because of my aunt Carmen studied here for two months. In the RIA you can learn a lot. My cousin Andrea and my aunty Carmen also come to classes. I like to come to my course Expedition because I get to learn what I did not know. I don’t have a computer at home and don’t have any connection to internet. I didn’t know how to use the computer before coming to RIA. I like it here and my facilitator is very active.
My name is Diego Estrada González and I study 5th grade at the Primary School. I’m 10 years old and RIA gave me a scholarship to take a course during Easter. My cousins invited me to the RIA courses because I didn’t understand Mathematics. Me and my cousin come to computing courses, we really like it and I will continue to come to do our homework and research for school.
MY NAME IS ROCIO HERNANDEZ ARIADNE OJEDA. I study at the school “Niños Héroes”. I’ve been coming to the RIA in Ixtlahuaca for 2 years. My mom brought me. I like the internet, the Expedition program and the Easter course. I like my courses a lot: I learn many new things like Science, Math and Art.
We are so happy to share with you the results of our new project, that involves the construction, equipment and operation of Digital Libraries in 25 municipalities in the State of México. Our Digital Libraries are built in rural, semi-rural and urban contexts and are open to everyone in the community.
So far, 37 820 people have benefited from this educational resources, 382 courses have been offered and 2,707 students have graduated in english and computing.
The community has also participated in reading clubs and other fun activities for children, teenagers, young people, adults.
We've been bussy! But we are happy with the results.
Than you for being part of this digital community!
We are writing to express our thanks for your recent donation to the Fundacion Proacceso's projects. Gifts from donors like you provide the support we need to continue our mission of bridging the digital divide in Mexico by providing low-income communities with quality educational opportunities and access to digital technologies.
Meet Don! a 70 year old user that loves learning about new technologies, computers and the internet! he even took a course on how to use social networks. Don now feels empowered because he now knows how to use a computer. Besides, feeling part of this personal and digital community has made him feel younger! https://vimeo.com/78684269
When Don thought that using a computer was not for someone his age, he discovered the Learning and Innovation Network (Red de Innovación y Aprendizaje or RIA), and now he has completed three computing courses. He also realized that being at the RIA Center is a great opportunity to share his skills with his granddaughter and other people from the community: https://vimeo.com/78684269 Thank you GlobalGiving! Thank you dear doner!
Because of your participation, we were able to sponsor RIA users fom all ages, like Don, to learn English, computing, Social Media and other courses. Giving people in marginalized Mexican communities access to technology will allow them to become full-fledged digital citizens with a voice and skills that will allow them to compete in an increasingly globalized world.
Again we thank you for your generosity, your support has and will continue to play a key role in our success.
Get to know the RIA experience direclty from our users.
A Computer For Mom
My daughter used to ask me how to surf the Internet, how to delete. And I didn't know! "Like a person who can't read and write,that's how it is like to not know how to use a computer. It was very difficult because I really felt I was illiterate
When you don't have the right tools, it feels like you have limitations. It feels like your being left out.But now i feel I'm included, that I'm a part of something.
At the RIA there's English lessons for kids too. Children learn, and click around without fear And I was afraid I could break the computer down or delete everything from it.
Judith Ramirez Escobar - RIA user in Tenango del Valle
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