Last August 4 culminated the fieldwork of ¡Alfabetiza! Adult Education (Literacy) Campaign 2012. The campaign was conducted in four communities, two of them in Querétaro. In the town of Colón, near the city of Queretaro, we worked in La Zorra and Nogales. These towns participated in a process of continuity and strengthening of actions, as the project was implemented in the years 2007 and 2008. The other two communities are located in Puebla. Like the previous year we are working at the slopes of Popocatepetl, in the towns of San Miguel Tecuanipa and Santiago Tochimizolco.
As always, youth literacy volunteers lived in towns and worked for 8 weeks teaching classes in literacy and basic education for youth and adults while promoting work and community organization through sports, cultural, training and coexistence activities.
This time we will present two project testimonials that are the result of daily classes and workshops. These show the learning that was achieved through constant practice of literacy. Both publications, through the words of the students, rescued the characteristics of the place they live and show the everyday, problems, dreams and relationships between people.
In Tochimilco a book was published entitled Tales and truths of my people. The Book of Popocatepetl in which, throughout its 239 pages and according to the preface written by the inhabitants, the book 'tells about some of the two very different communities, people who want to share their experiences, stories and truths of their town'.
In Colón, it was published The Craftsman, a magazine that involved the journalism work of the students to show some aspects of Nogales and La Zorra today. Some of the writings it contains are 'Life then and now', 'The art of carving stone in extinction', 'In my community should' and 'The Red pulque'.
These were some of the strategies that the ¡Alfabetiza! project found to promote literacy, for adults and young people in these communities to recover their right to speak and to create opportunities for discussion and thoughts on life in their communities.
During the recent months we have been working on what we call post-campaign: a space for reflection, evaluation and closure of ¡Alfabetiza! 2012 that inevitably is connected with the planning of activities for 2013. Soon we will have news about the new group of volunteers and developments needed.
We are pleased with the results so far, but we know that there is still much to be done with these people that has opened the doors of their houses and given us the confidence to meet them, learn from them and work with them. Because of this, and because learning or teaching is a never ending process, we plan to continue our work in communities Tochimilco in Puebla, for the third consecutive year, adding even efforts to make the two work centers perform their campaigns in nearby communities and strengthen their processes interacting with each other and any other programs from Adeco.
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