Hello dear doner:
Gifts from donors like you provide the support needed 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.
For aspiring scientists this means having scholarships to study english and learn about new technologies. This prepares them to have a brighter future and have a chance to help their communities.
The large youth demographic in Latin America represents an enormous source of current and future demand for quality education. Our successful track record in marginalized Mexican neighborhoods can offer similar opportunities to the rapidly growing and largely underserved Hispanic market across Latin America and in the United States.
Thank you for being a part of this!
Emily López, Erik Hernández, René and Juan Siles four aspiring teens who lear 3D Desing, robotics and hardware recycling go afterschool to the Intel´s Clubhouse located in Itzapalapa in Mexico City. In 2013 thanks to the Clubhouse support and the money we have fundraised from this project in GlobalGiving we have been able to give those kids the opportunity to go to our RIA Center in Nezahualcóyotl and lear English for free. We have also adpated our English course so they can read Scientific articles so they get inspired with what they are learning. You can watch the video we made about them.
For this report we decided to share with you the story of Estrella, a RIA User since 2012 and who was enrolled in English Level 1 but who couldn´t afford the next level due to financial problems in her family. Now and thaks to your donation we were able to help Estrella continue her learning process.
Here we present and abstract of the description Alan Luna, her teacher made of her:
She comes every day from a neighboring community to Villa Guerrero, despite the fact that it is a long commute she comes to class, and I am very grateful for that. She is very keen and participated actively in the classroom always respecting her colleagues and fostering the team work. I honestly thank GlobalGiving the opportunity to help us to support this young lady who otherwise would be out in the streets and at her house and wasting the opportunity to learn something that I´m sure will make her future better.
A big thank you to everyone who has supported our efforts to improve the English skills of our budding scientists! Through a collaboration with Intel’s Clubhouse program in Mexico, we were able to provide ten young scientists with scholarships for English courses at the RIA (Learning and Innovation Network). These students are between the ages of 12-15 and are studying a range of scientific disciplines in school ranging from biology to mechanics.
Learning to speak English through these courses will teach these students to become engaged, digital citizens with a voice that will allow them to compete in an increasingly globalized world. This project will also promote skill-sharing within families and in turn, improve the socioeconomic prospects for entire communities.
Donations like yours support our mission of bridging the digital divide in Mexico by providing low-income communities with quality educational opportunities and access to digital technologies. Your support has and will continue to play a key role in our success. We thank you for your generosity and look forward to a continuing partnership with you.
What was your experience like learning English in the RIA?
Very good and I learned a lot but I want to learn more. I want to take advantage of these opportunities that don’t often occur.
Diego Alfonso Jacobo Merino, 14 years old
Really cool because I learn many different things and then I can teach them to with my family.
Alexis Eduardo Mendez Hernandez, 12 years old
Fun and rewarding, I want to learn more.
Rene Uriel Siles Hernandez, 13 years old
Well this time learning English has been very good because I've been with my friends and having fun.
Juan Antonio Siles Hernandez, 15 years old
How do you think it will help you in the future?
It will help me a lot in school and at work; it's something essential.
Diego Alfonso Jacobo Merino , 14 years old
It will help me get a good job.
Luis Fernando Vazquez Gonzalez, 14 years old
It will help in many ways. English is a universal language and I want to learn more!
It will help me when I travel to other places where they speak English.
Rene Uriel Siles Hernandez 13
English is a universal language spoken all over the world and now I can talk with more people.
Juan Antonio Siles Hernandez, 15 años
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:
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!
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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