The first half of this year has been intense, with many activities on the agenda. Together with other Adeco’s project, the Adult Education Campaign, we held the second tutorial of Community Practices for Education and Self-management between February 14th and March 30th, with a total of 12 lectures on topics such as human rights, popular education, community development, empowerment, citizen participation and civil society, contemporary issues of youth and gender perspectives. The workshop gathered a group of around 50 participants between 16 and 50 years old, composed by Tlalana volunteers, and members of other organizations and projects.
In the beginning of April we launched a call to train new facilitators along with the authorities of the National Autonomous University of Mexico in departments like sociology, political science, education and social work. The first meeting gathered a total of 30 future volunteers, and the training will be over by the end of May. The new facilitators will begin the group process with the promoters during the summer break. So far, we have had 4 sessions, and the training has been given under a participation and dialogue scheme.
We have three groups that are currently in training process. The first one began in the summer of 2010 in the community of Xúchil, Veracruz, and it has a total of 23 members, 20 women an 3 men. The training process will be over by the end of August and the group will start carrying on its project in September.
The second one began its training in December 2010 in Tehuacán, Puebla, with 20 members, 18 women and 2 men. This group is primarily integrated by workers in the offshore (maquila) industry, and they are focused on starting a sewing co-op. Most of the members of the group are young, but they have children, they’re housewives, and they also work as seamstresses most of the day. Those characteristics have been both advantageous and disadvantageous for their process, since they have very little or no time for the meetings, but at the same time, they really want to change the exploitation situation. We have faced a very critical group of women, and we know we have a very big responsibility accompanying that group.
The third group is located in San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas. It started two weeks ago with 28 participants. All of them study in San Cristóbal but live in the surrounding communities. Given the fact that most of them are studying majors such as sustainable development, project management, and intercultural communication, we can tell that the training is going to be very rich and productive. The workshop is going to be carried on during this summer break. The good news with the groups that will be trained in Chiapas is that Ashoka is very much interested in funding the projects that the young promoters will carry out.
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