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.
Nov 23, 2016

Improving opportunities for teenagers

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Hello to all Global Givers!

It is our priority that all Mexican children and teenagers have access to education.  We carry on our work in reducing risks that might jeopardize their path.

Our labor continues now in the State of Mexico, State of Jalisco and State of Hidalgo with a program focused on working to prevent risks such as unplanned pregnancy and violence among teenagers.

25% of the population in Mexico consists of young people between the ages of 15 to 29 years. Nowadays there seems to be access to any kind of information, however, it is not always correct or comes from valid sources. In addition, teenagers rarely have a trustworthy environment open for dialogue and questions. These conditions, added to low academic performance and lack of motivation may have negative consequences on their education and professional future.

In order to reduce these risks and obstacles we have trained 139 youth promoters which later replicated what they learned with 1,678 of their peers through interactive educational fairs. There were some unexpected, but POSITIVE, reactions during the development of this phase of the program. First, youth promoters were so enthusiastic about the program that they achieved the support of local educational authorities in order to replicate in middle schools. Also, another group of youth promoters extended their activities to reach students that attend school during the afternoon. Of course, we are very thrilled by their level of commitment!

Here are a few testimonies that they kindly shared:

¡Oh! I didn’t know that checking my boyfriend’s cellphone was violence or that jealousy was too, I thought jealousy meant that the other person is interested in you. – Woman, 15 years old.

I liked the workshop because we can speak about anything without shame or fear and I think that with what I have learned, I can make better decisions and take better care of myself. - Woman, 18 years old.

I learned things that I thought I had to discover by myself, I found friends and the best part is that now I know that all of us have doubts, but that if we look for answers we won’t make mistakes, I’m not sure what I want in my life, but I am sure of what I DON’T want.- Man 16, years old.

There are still several activities to be developed in the coming months, as well as, analyzing the results and changes with the participants. You will have to visit us next time so we can share our excellent results!

Oh! And don’t forget Giving Tuesday is coming soon. Happy giving everyone!

 
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Oct 2, 2016

First steps into empowering girls in rural areas!

First meeting in the community
First meeting in the community

 

Welcome Global Givers!

 

We are excited to have started our work with girls and are happy to share our first report!

We have carried out thorough needs assessments in order to incorporate input from teachers, students and parents.  These assessments allowed us to identify obstacles and opportunities that favor the process of empowerment; this information was also analyzed in order to understand the communities’ most important needs regarding education, sexual and reproductive health, violence and gender equality.

 Here are a few important testimonies:

"I do not speak about it openly, I have spoken about that with someone else and they told me that I have to speak up… I am afraid to educate her, because I don’t know how, maybe if I am very strict she will do it in spite of that, and if I say nothing, she will feel free to do it… I think I am embarrassed about it, I’m not sure.”

Mother of a young girl, in the community of Los Reyes (regarding sexual health education)

 

“There is no gender equality here, parents say that women are only meant to get married, and mothers don’t want to be left alone; unfortunately that is the standard and they don’t allow them to continue with their studies.”

Elementary school supervisor in the community of Chimalapa

 

“I would like to continue studying…in order to have a better job…if my dad is supportive about it I want to study, I would study to become a nurse at CECyT… I would need money, transportation, materials.”

Third grade girl student in the community of Chimalapa

 

Another fact that is important to consider while developing materials and key messages is that some of the communities keep Náhuatl as their official language and learned Spanish as a second one.

Despite the intricacy of the context, we are sure that we will slowly break down barriers that are in the way of empowering girls; in order to achieve this we are working hard in establishing trust and strong connections that will join us in reaching our main goal.

Please join us again during our second report where we will tell you about the results of our workshops.

We hope we can count on your support!

Interactive meetings
Interactive meetings
Trust building activities
Trust building activities
Aug 23, 2016

Final results and excellent progress to share!

Final workshop with teachers
Final workshop with teachers

Greetings Global Givers!  It is the beginning of school year and we have amazing results and great news to share with all of you!

As we come to the end of our program in the state of Coahuila, we would like to share testimonies from different perspectives that capture the essence of the efforts carried out:

“This program has helped us value what we have and what we don´t have. And to transform bad situations… suppose somebody tries to offend me, I will try and find something positive out of that” (Girl, 6th grade)

“There are types of violence that I did not know existed, and I finally learned about their existence here, because we recognize being physically hit or getting a bruise as violence, but no, even words, psychological violence, economic violence was new to me. Now the majority of us homemakers work out of the house as well and sometimes when they get home they will ask, What did you do?; well then, Who cooked?, Who did everything else?, I sometimes say to my husband, lets change roles…we can ask to be respected and valued for what we are doing, our eyes were finally opened wide.” (Mother of a 6th grade student)

“On a personal level it slowly walked me through aspects that I needed to reinforce, to speak directly… I first started with myself, trying not to mix in personal issues, and it helped me very much, in my home, with my family, with myself, it helped me reinforce my own resilience…what we try to encourage in children, I also work on it on a personal level.” (Teacher, participant during 3 years of program)

In our previous report we shared with you our results in numbers, which exceeded our initial expectations, now we include the final conclusions.

Overall, the program was well accepted and well-liked by the teachers that participated; it also generated an environment for reflection and empathy during the sessions. Students were satisfied with the program and everything they learned during its development. The workshops were also well received by parents because of the topics that were approached and the opportunity to share experiences and encourage freedom of speech. Lastly, students expressed an interest to continue learning about: self-awareness, goal achievements and capacity building.

In other news, we are halfway through our program “I want to, I can… think like a scientist”, in the state of Tlaxcala, and we are glad to share the following numbers that indicate the success of our efforts so far:

  • Elementary school children now have a 70% interest in learning about Chemistry; 92.2% of them want to continue their studies and become professionals, 93% of them are very happy that they are participating in the program.
  • School teachers reported that 75% of their students have presented positive changes since the program started.
  • Parents expressed their interest and participating in this type of activity again, since they were very pleased with the conferences they attended.

These are just some examples of the work we continue to do to improve the lives of marginalized children through education. Next time, we will share more results and other programs that are currently being carried out.

We are very grateful for the continuous support from the Global Giving! Please stay tuned for more upcoming news!

Sessions with elementary students
Sessions with elementary students
Teachers with their program certificates
Teachers with their program certificates
Teachers in training
Teachers in training
Students excited about their new books
Students excited about their new books
In class sessions
In class sessions
 
   

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