We hope you had a great start to 2015. We began this year in Coahuila with lots of excitement and a variety of activities.
During January we adapted and handed over new didactic material to teachers and students; we also held a workshop with key education authorities in Coahuila state (the Director of Educational Innovation and Quality of the state, primary principals, area supervisors and pedagogical technical advisors) to sensitize them about the "Yo quiero, Yo puedo" program (Education and Gender Program in Primary Schools in Torreon).
Additionally, we held an extra 10 hour workshop for some teachers that could not attend to all the workshop sessions for them to be fully prepared for replicating the program with their students.
We are very excited because of the activities we have planned for the next months!
In March we will make 54 accompaniment visits to the teachers: we will guide them and give them feedback for an optimal application of the program with their students. We will also organize 17 workshops for parents so they can know more about our program and how they can implement it at home.
After March we plan to make a second accompaniment visit to the teachers and 2 educational fairs for students, parents and community members to have access to the information we develop in the program. Community integration is a key factor and teachers have noticed positive changes in this área. For example:
"This program has proven very useful for me: I have learnt to communicate better with the parents of my students; before, I was always arguing with them and now we don’t. I also achieved a better understanding of the teaching needs of my students." a teacher
We also want to give a book supply to all participant school libraries to promote interest in reading!
This, of course, could not be possible without the support of the Caterpillar Foundation and each one of your donations. We invite you to continue supporting all these children; please share our results: with your help, this program can have major impact and change the lives of marginalized Mexican children in Coahuila.
Thank you for continuing to support this great effort!
I wish you a very happy and prospective New Year!
In our last report, we told you we had planned to implement 10-hour workshops for the communities in the states of Guerrero and Oaxaca, so that they could be better prepared for the natural disasters, such as floods and earthquakes that are common in the costal area of Mexico. However, due to the internal community dinamics and the times of the three chosen communites, we haven't been able to implement the training yet. The new plan is start in January or by latest in February.
Even though this might seem like a setback, this delay actually has proved to be fruitful. During the last months, we have had the opportunity to collaborate with civil protection authorities in the state of Hidalgo. While these authorities are experts on prevention and preparation for disasters caused by both the nature and the humans, they have asked us to work with them in the theme of life skills, such as decision-making, planning, management of stress and management of emotions. It is important that both the authorities and the civilian population can develop these skills that are very helpful in a case of natural or man made disasters.
This collaboration with the authorities in Hidalgo has given us new perspectives and ideas that we want to apply also in Guerrero and Oaxaca. For example, how the communitie can more easily identify risk zones and how they can deal with the risks more efficiently. One interesting idea that emerged in Hidalgo is also the training of community teams for civil protection. These teams could have a permanent character and could help the civil protection authorities in a case of a risky situation or a disaster. Training these teams in intercommunitary communication in order to implement more effective actions would also be important in the communities in Guerrero and Hidalgo. After training community members in general, we can start the second phase of the project to trian these community teams.
We are very excited to incorporate all these new learnings to this project!
Thank you for your support!
December is a time of giving and loving. We appreciate all the support you have given and will give to our program “Help marginalized children to study” in Coahuila and I’m glad to tell you that the programs is giving good results!
We have already told you about the positive results of the program with the teachers. The evaluation of the children shows that our program is not only showing positive effects in the teachers, but also in the children. They have increased their knowledge on gender equality, the importance of school achievement and civic values. They have also improved their attitudes towards gender equality, which is important in Mexico, where traditional gender stereotypes still tend to limits girls’ and women’s development, especially in marginalized communities. After participating in the program activities, they now show positive attitudes towards finding and developing their talents. As the students have commented:
“In life, we sometimes fall, stumble and bump into obstacles; the important thing is to know ourselves so that we can move forward and succeed.” (A 9-year-old girl)
“Today I learned what I´m good at and what I need to practice to improve things that are difficult for me”. (A 10-year-old boy).
These good results motivate us and the teachers to continue with the program. During this semester, the teachers have participated in new workshops to increase their knowledge on healthy nutrition and to continue to develop their life skills and improve their teaching skills. They have also started to replicate these new skills and knowledge to their students. At the moment, we are evaluating the effects of these new workshops in children and teachers, so that we can give you more results soon. The teachers have been happy with the training, as their testimonies show:
“After the workshop, I have more confidence in my abilities and I feel more confident about working with my own areas of opportunity. I want to be an agent of change.”
“The participation of the children has left me surprised, I didn’t think that they would have that capacity to grasp the theme, in addition, the programs helps them emotionally to give better results. (…) I´m also using the guidebook with my own daughters.”
“I’m surprised with the way the group is answering (to the program), they like the program very much and answer to it in a way I didn´t expect.”
I’m sure you can see their happiness also in the pictures we’re sharing with you!
During these Holidays, you can give a lasting gift to the children in Coahuila. Your contribution will help them to continue their studies, learn skills that will serve them for their whole life and help them to break the circle of poverty.
Thank you so much!