Help marginalized Mexican Children to study

 
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Jul 29, 2013

July update: Learning to think mathematically

Hi! I would like to tell you about the advances we have had in our program “We want to stay at school!” in Las Margaritas, Chiapas. In our school-based programs, we have noticed that mathematics is a challenge for Mexican children – and their teachers. This tendency is reflected in international studies, such as Program for International Student Assessment (PISA), that show that 50% of Mexican students don´t have the basic mathematical knowledge and skills. The lack of these skills can affect these children later in life, when they want to continue their studies or work.

This is why Yo quiero Yo puedo (IMIFAP) decided to develop a program to enhance mathematical skills through life skills development. We designed and printed educational materials for teachers and students and implemented the first “I want to, I can… thin mathematically” workshop in Las Margaritas as part of “We want to stay at school!” program.

In the workshop, the teachers learned new ways of teaching and thinking mathematically. This is important, especially because many of them haven’t studied to teach mathematics but end up teaching the subject because there simply are no qualified math teachers at their schools. The teachers also learned new strategies to make mathematics more interesting to their students. With our exercises, both students and teachers have fun learning mathematics.   

The workshop has already shown positive results in Las Margaritas, and we want to implement it also as part of our other school based programs.

Thank you for continuing to support the studies of the children in Las Margaritas and helping us with this important work!

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Aprendiendo a pensar matemáticamente

 

Hola! Me gustaría contarles un poco sobre los avances que hemos tenido en nuestro programa “Yo quiero, yo puedo… seguir estudiando” en Las Margaritas, Chiapas. En nuestros programas escolares, hemos dado cuenta que las matemáticas representan un reto para niños y niñas mexicanos – y sus maestros. Esta tendencia se refleja en los estudios internacionales como el Programa Internacional para la Evaluación de Estudiantes (PISA) que muestra que 50% de los estudiantes mexicanos no cuentan con el conocimiento y las habilidades matemáticas básicas. La falta de estas habilidades les puede afectar a estos niños y niñas en su vida posterior, cuando quieran seguir estudiando o trabajar.

Por eso Yo quiero Yo puedo (IMIFAP) ha decidido desarrollar un programa para promover las habilidades matemáticas a través del desarrollo de habilidades para la vida. Diseñamos y imprimimos los materiales educativos para docentes y alumnos y implementamos el primer taller “Yo quiero, yo puedo… pensar matemáticamente” en Las Margaritas como parte del programa “Yo quiero, yo puedo… seguir estudiando”.

En el taller, los docentes aprendieron nuevas maneras de enseñar y pensar en matemáticas. Esto es importante, sobre todo porque muchos de ellos no han estudiado para enseñar matemáticas, pero terminan enseñando la materia simplemente porque no hay maestros de matemáticas cualificados en sus escuelas.  Los docentes que participaron en el taller, también aprendieron nuevas maneras para promover el interés en las matemáticas. Con nuestros ejercicios, tanto los niños como los maestros se divierten aprendiendo matemáticas.

El taller ya ha mostrado resultados positivos en Las Margaritas, y en el futuro,  lo queremos incluir también en nuestros otros programas escolares.

Muchas gracias por seguir apoyando a los estudios de los niñas y las niñas en Las Margaritas y ayudarnos con este labor importante! 

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