Access to Technology and Education in Mexico

by Fundación Proacceso
Access to Technology and Education in Mexico
Access to Technology and Education in Mexico
Access to Technology and Education in Mexico
Access to Technology and Education in Mexico
Access to Technology and Education in Mexico
Access to Technology and Education in Mexico

Hi there,

We want to share with you that the last winter the Proacceso Foundation organized the Robotic Fest 2017 event, in which more than 130 children and young people from the State of Mexico participated.

 

The objective of the event was to empower children and young people through the use of new digital technologies so that they have access to better employment opportunities and entrepreneurship in the future.

A total of 44 robotics projects were presented by teams of students from the Innovation and Learning Network (RIA) centers, 15 girls and boys won a special prize sponsored by Microsoft Mexico, who hosted the evento too for free. 

Young people captured their creativity and knowledge in programming by showing robots that had motion sensors, clocks with intervals and automated functions.

The last week we delivered the prizes. 

Thanks to your support these guys can still developing their digital skills. Don´t stop and continue helping us to bridginf the digital divide!

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Hey! How are you? The last time you read about this project, we talk about there was no age for tech, well now we are going to talk about “the first time”… of course, the first time these guys learned how to code their first web page.

As you can remember at the RIA centers (Spanish acronym for Innovation and Learning Network) people, no matter their age, complement their formal education to be more competitive and innovative, we create opportunities in order to help them to improve their lives. This time we launched a special course for youth, so they can learn how to create simple web page for family business or new projects.

 The teenagers you see at these picture are part of big families, some of them go to school but also they are responsible of the family economic, this means they need more opportunities to stay at school and to help their parents to improve their revenues. The majority of the families have a small businesses but sometimes they do not know how to make them bigger, here it is where technology could be their best ally.

 The value of technology is not in the hardware or software, it is in the use that people give it to it. We decide to open a new course where youth could know how to take advantage of it so they can learn how to program their own first web page. 

At the class the facilitator taught them how to put text, images, color, sound, how to create a link in the page and how to program it to be online, this was easy because there are some free software at internet where people could easily access.

This is a big step for Fundación Proacceso and for communities, specially girls and women who becomen the support of their homes, we  empower them to break traditional paradigms. 

Thanks to this kind of initiatives, youth could improve their chances to stay at school and to help their parents, so parents do not need to migrate anywhere else and the teens stay away from the streets.

We need your support to make this project bigger so more people could have better lives in their own towns without the risk to be part the life crime. Help us to create more spaces for them.

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Hi everyone, thank you very much for your support. It is very important to us to show the world how Technology can improve our lives no matter time and space.   

The RIA centers (Spanish acronym for Innovation and Learning Network) are spaces where children and young people complement their formal education to be more competitive and innovative. But the RIAs have distinguished too by providing the same opportunities for adults.

Technology has become a pillar of our societies and is currently conceived as a catalyst for the transformation of realities. However, technology is useless if people do not take advantage of its benefits for their daily lives.

New technological tools provide endless benefits. One of the most relevant is their immense communicative ability and access to information through the internet. Through a wide range of programs, adults - especially those with physical disabilities or displacement problems - can enjoy reading books, journals, searching for data, or getting in touch with friends and family without having to leave home. Different applications allow them to listen and watch their loved ones at a distance.

Through different courses offered at RIA centers, adults can learn to use basic work tools for personal purposes such as writing e-mails to relatives or expanding their job opportunities and better salary because they develop new and more skills.

Faced with a world in constant development and a wide offer of technology, it is normal for the elderly, for example, to show an interest in learning about the use of digital devices. The specialists explain that this knowledge must be learned little by little, and it is necessary to practice daily in order to not forget the new information.

Adults have the option to learn English, Office tools, coding, personal finance, how to start a business, among other topics of their interest, so that they can have the possibility of generating an income. In Fundacion Proacceso ECO, A.C. we are very proud of the students who benefit from the effort that you and we do day by day.

For this reason, we invite you to continue supporting this initiative so more people can access to the technology and can develop their own digital skills.

Adults have the option to learn English, Office tools, coding, personal finance, how to start a business, among other topics of their interest, so that they can have the possibility of generating an income. In Fundacion Proacceso ECO, A.C. we are very proud of the students who benefit from the effort that you and we do day by day

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Adrian used to be an aloof student.
Adrian used to be an aloof student.

Oh... Hello, there!

We are thrilled to reach you once more to tell you how your donation to our project is changing the lives of youth in marginalized communities in the State of Mexico. We really appreciate your contribution and your trust in our project, it is thanks to you support that we can continue to bridge the digital divide in Mexico and grant access to technology for the greater good.

In the last weeks we were able to open a new space in one of our centers, the Coding Garage. This space will be dedicated to train youth in coding, innovation and virtual reality while developing in them critical thinking, problem solving and learning skills thorough technology. The Coding Garage also promotes gender equality by fostering coding skills in girls and women, involving them in this industry and preparing them for the future. Finally, this space also considerates an economic opportunity strategy to create opportunites in either education, employment or enterpreneurship with an emphasis on tech and IT industries. 

In Proacceso we truly belive that the future is now and more than every we need to engage youth in coding and high profile tech related activities. Spaces like Coding Garage will help to prepate many young users to face today's world which calls for more tech professionals. Also, we belive that this kind of skills can change the way youth relates, thinks and behaves and to prove this point, let us tell you the story of Adrian.

Adrian is 13 years old and lives in Nezahualcoyotl in the State of Mexico. He usually is an introvert young man with a difficulty to engage in conversation and chatting with other classmates. Usually, he can come off as wayward and conceited, however when he enrolled in a basic programming course he completely changed his attitude and became more active. Adrian became a very dedicated student, finishing activities in a short period of time, collaborating with some classmates and learning fast most of the concepts.  Something very particular about Adrian is his curiosity and knowledge seeking, a factor which showed in his will for being the first one to finish. Furthermore, when working in teams, he was more open to collaborate, even though when time was not in their favor he took the lead to finish the job working on his own.

Adrian’s passion in his classes contributed to his change of attitude and behaviour. Before engaging in these activities, he has difficulties for communicating and socializing but thanks to team work in a tech environment he was able to redirect his energies towards common goals and collaboration while also promoting his own interests inside the team. Adrian is now very keen in enrolling in the Coding Garage courses to further specialize in computer science and continue his way as a future tech professional.

Help us tell more stories like Adrian's, share our project, help us continue to change the lives of Mexican youth!

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Uriel and her trainer developing his business plan
Uriel and her trainer developing his business plan

Hello there!

It's time to let you know how your donation to our project is changing lives in Mexico and providing hope for youth in marginalized communities. 

Meet Uriel and how the acces to technology and education has improved his life quality:

"My name is Uriel, I'm 24 years old and I live in a marginalized community in the State of Mexico. Due to the lack of opportunities in my community, I was only  able to finished secondary education, a situation that prevented me from finding a job to fulfill all my economic needs and personal aspirations.

My mother, Rosa, was very worried about my future. As a very enthusiastic student from the RIA center, she learned about the courses the center offered, specially those about enterprenurship and technology, and she did not hesitate to tell me about them and how they could help me to change my current situation. 

I identify myself as a research enthusiast and a knowledge-seeker; skills that thought were useful for adventuring into the world of entrepreneurship. When I learned about the courses, I had a brainstorm of possible business ideas that I could develop in order to start my own business. Even though I was informed that the complete route would take me six months to complete, I was not discouraged since a very tangible and concrete opportunity to improve my life was in front of me.

With the help of technology, I was able to define a business model and take the first actions towards executing my idea. Furthermore and thanks to my teacher, I was able to narrowly define it in order to incorporate innovative components that could later result in success for my business. Currently and after completing the whole route, I am closer to conclude the development of a marketing company for small local business which are not able or do not have the necessary resources  to promote and showcase their products, preventing them with competing with bigger companies."

Uriel's story is just one example of how thanks to your donation Mexican youth is finding more opportunities to access education and technology that can provide them with life-changing experiences. 

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Fundación Proacceso

Location: Toluca, Mexico - Mexico
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Fundación Proacceso
Surely Gonzalez
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Surely Gonzalez
Mexico City, Distrito Federal Mexico

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