Instituto Mexicano de Investigacion de Familia y Poblacion - IMIFAP

To create and implement programs which contribute to sustainable human development in order to allow individuals to take control of their own health, productivity, and lives.
Mar 23, 2017

Our work with parents

Parents in worskhop
Parents in worskhop

Welcome back everyone!

It’s springtime in Mexico and just like flowers, we are blooming with new information to share with you!  

We are in the final stages of the first year of work to empower indigenous girls in the rural town of Acaxochitlán.  As we mentioned before, we like to involve key player in the lives of these girls. Parents play an essential role in their children’s lives; therefore, we strive to have them actively participate during this and other programs. Workshops were carried out during December and January with a total of 390 parents participating.

A mother shared this with us:

“Well, how can I explain?  I liked that they talked to us about… about how to care for our children, because sometimes we say that we are mothers but we don’t know how to talk to them or how to talk to them about sexuality, because it’s not easy to speak so openly to our children. Well, because… those topics cause embarrassment, talking about those things, and I know that we have to talk about them to prevent other things, just like you mentioned during the conference. It is important that we talk about these important topics, like I told you. And this has me thinking about everything regarding my children, even about me…”

And continuing our work with teachers, we accompanied 21 of them during class while they replicated the program with their students.

Here a couple of thoughts that they shared with us:

“It was amazing! Excellent and change and… Why change? Because I challenged myself, because I had life skills and tools that were not structured and I came here to rearrange them.  I said I am 36 years old and during my life I’ve had many situations and I have learned to manage them, deal with them, with these skills, very easy and practical for my life, it has been excellent.”

“I created an environment of trust, where at least while they’re here, they feel safe and also, have empathy for others, care about others, care for their peers.  Have respect for both boys and girls, now it has become more grounded, you can see more unity amongst them.”

And most importantly, we want to share the voices of these girls:

“Self-awareness, I liked this one because the teacher said that we have to know ourselves, know our bodies, how we are and what happens when we use, for example, drugs, alcohol and things like that, that it can hurt us...”

“My father, he used to… say things and I wasn’t allowed to do things, he would scold me. Then he came to the workshop and they told him that when his child can’t do something… do things well, he doesn’t have to scold them, instead he can explain how to do them.  When I don’t understand my father and I don’t do things correctly, he explains the correct way to do it and helps me, he doesn’t scold me anymore.”

As we come to the end of the first year, we hope to share with you many more stories. We can’t wait to share more with you soon. Until next time!

Mothers during activities
Mothers during activities
Parents like to have fun too!
Parents like to have fun too!
Classroom activities
Classroom activities
Teacher replicating the program in class
Teacher replicating the program in class
Feb 21, 2017

Preventing risks with high schoolers in Chiapas!

Our youth promoters!
Our youth promoters!

 Hello new and old followers!

In Mexico the teen pregnancy rate has increased in the last 10 years. The numbers are alarming and we are aware of the important role a preventive program of sexual and reproductive health plays.

This is the reason why we started working in the State of Chiapas with high school students. So far, we have trained 30 youth promoters in preventing: unplanned pregnancies, STI transmissions and dating violence.  These 30 youth promoters have led 8 educational fairs where, through fun activities and games, they shared their knowledge with almost 1000 of their peers.

We would like to share a few testimonies from some of our participants:

“I am taking a lot from this workshop; I mean a lot of knowledge because I learned so much. Before I was here I didn’t know anything about any of the subjects; I also lost my fear of speaking in public. I also learned how to be a more assertive person, I mean, surer of what I want, of what I can do. I leave very satisfied because everything I learned, I am taking it with me so it can help me guide my friends and family.”

Woman, high school student.

 

“For me this has been a nice experience, I have met other people, other classmates and I have shared my feelings. I have learned about STIs, how to protect myself against STIs or an unplanned pregnancy. That I should put myself first before anyone else. My self-esteem is important. About social pressure, it doesn’t matter what others say, my opinion is more important. And I have thought about myself and try not to make any more mistakes. I have learned to love myself above everyone else.”

Woman, high school student.

 

“What I am taking from this workshop is broad knowledge, because I hadn’t thought about it a lot and there were also topics I did not previously know about. Some I had heard about but never really investigated them. Something I improved on is calling reproductive organs by their proper name. All in all I am taking with me a lot from this workshop!”

Man, high school student

 

After these activities, we recorded significant positive changes since their knowledge improved and so did their behavior regarding these particular topics. We also learned that having educational fairs is an excellent way to carry out youth focused programs as youth promoters are leading the activities, owning and sharing the information in a creative and original way.

We will continue our efforts on this and other topics with marginalized children and teens.

Please continue visiting our reports and thank you for your support!

Fun at educational fair
Fun at educational fair
Having a great time!
Having a great time!
Thank you for your efforts!
Thank you for your efforts!
Dec 27, 2016

Training teachers from indigenous schools

Teachers with their certificates
Teachers with their certificates

Season’s greetings Global Givers!

We are back with news after having carried out workshops with teachers.  We have been well received and have counted with the unlimited support from teacher Eustolia Andrade who is supervisor to indigenous schools in the area. Teacher Eustolia has accompanied us during every step of the process, including facilitating access into hard to reach communities.

Our interactive workshops started in August and ended in October; we worked with 5th and 6th grade teachers for 30 hours, with a focus on topics such as, education, sexual and reproductive health, gender and gender based violence.

We want to share with you a few important testimonies from teachers that participated in the workshops.

Regarding education and their role as teachers:

“I feel like this workshop will help improve my work, because you cannot give what you don’t have and this will help me become a better person and be able to help my students.”

Male teacher, 37 years old

 

“I have learned that my students learn better when they are playing and moving, that’s why I only ask them to stay seated for a short while and after that, we move around more during activities, to support their learning process.”

Female teacher, 28 years old

 

Regarding how to approach difficult subjects and sexuality:

“I realized that I need to improve the way I express my emotions, because sometimes I can laugh when it is a serious subject and that could cause problems.”

Male teacher, 26 years old

 

“I hadn’t realized that sexuality is such a broad subject and that it is very important that we teach them not only to prevent unplanned pregnancies or infections, but also to have healthy relationships with everyone and protect their rights.”

Female teacher, 40 years old

 

Besides being trained in the main topics, teachers were also trained and given materials to replicate with their students during class.  We will accompany them through this next process and will post news about this in our next report.

Happy Holidays!

During the workshop
During the workshop
During the workshop
During the workshop
Having fun while learning
Having fun while learning
 
   

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