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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.
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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.
On January 18 and 19, in Mexico City , there was a meeting aimed at teachers in charge of implementing the program in the various institutions of EDUCA´s Network, with the aim of disseminating and integrating the objectives of the periods as well as the use and handling of materials working with children, the dances of tai chi, work manuals and simulators.
Currently the program is in Phase III: The age group for this phase should be six to seven. Our objective is to integrate empathy and compassion in a real framework in the child’s mind. This means that it allows the child to experience how he or she can apply empathy and compassion in real life. It is at this stage that we instil the roots for wisdom. The main materials used for this Phase are through Projects and Simulators. Projects aim at creating the necessary conditions where the child can practice his inter-subjective skills. On the other hand, Simulators create a virtual reality in the classroom where the child together with his or her other classmates will be pushed to the limits of ecological, social and ideological ethical dilemmas.
Dearest friends and donors,
Here at EDUCA we want to share our profound appreciation for the donations that have kept this project running and these children in school. We thank and recognize the effort each and every one of our donators has made; thanks to all of you we are almost reaching our goal of $41,000 USD.
At this point in the “Ethics, Empathy, and Wisdom” program our first cohort of teachers has attended and completed the training required to launch off our third phase of the program, at the end of September. Using as a base the core concepts taught to our kids during the first two phases, which include the ability to become a self-observer and develop loving kindness, we will begin phase three. Phase three has as its objective to teach the children how to integrate this newly learned concept of loving kindness into their everyday experiences.
One strategy used to get these lessons through to the kids is to create spaces in which the child is able to apply the attitudes and abilities being taught in the classroom. For example, during training teachers practiced using an ecological simulator in which the kids are given an imaginative ecosystem, which they must inhabit for 30 virtual years. They are given specific conditions, they must coexist and protect Mother Nature, and at the end of the 30 years they must return the ecosystem as close to the conditions that it was given to them. During this exercise every day or session is the equivalent to five virtual years. The children in this program are evidently learning and practicing social and environmental responsibility, lessons that are in much need in our ever-changing society in which environmental degradation and consumer individualism pervade human action.
Your support is what makes this early education program possible for these children, help us raise the remaining $5,199 USD so that we can begin to implement this amazing program in more marginalized schools throughout Mexico.
We greatly appreciate your support!
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