Project #10428

Access to Technology and Education in Mexico

by Fundacion Proacceso ECO A.C.
1st Graduation ceremony 2015
1st Graduation ceremony 2015

Thanks to Nokia and GlobalGiving, the Red de Innovación y Aprendizaje (RIA) opened it first center using technologies that build up creativity as well as training in the design of prototypes for new gadgets. Hand tools, power tools, and digital manufacturing devices are available for people from 13+ to create and develop their own widget.

The space called RIA MakersLab was opened at RIA’s branch Neza 9. During its first semester, it has been achieved a 115% of graduated users resulting from the Empower Through Training.  It has been a great season: we had our 1st generation graduation and project’s fair event! Santiago, Customer Marketing Manager LAT from Nokia Mexico kindly attended to this occurrence.

1st Graduation Ceremony

RIA MakersLab projects fair

Juan is an outstanding member of our project. He is a GlobalGiving’s scholarship 2012’s grantee. He is 18 years old and experienced in the use of design and programming software. He learnt to work collaboratively, helping his other peers using the differents tools.

Juan working on its USB Controller

As a founder member, he learnt to use the laser cutter to make souvenirs and projects for the opening of the RIA MakersLab. Helped by a laser cutter and a 3D printer machine, he has created a USB controller to be used in electronic music performances. Now he wants to study Visual Arts and Music Production; also he wants to start his own shop of design products such as shirts and gifts with his own designs.

Please watch the Juan’s success story video here.

What do you think about youngsters as Juan that receive such opportunities like RIA MakersLab offers? What can they will be able to reach?

RIA MakersLab projects fair
RIA MakersLab projects fair
Juan working on its USB controller
Juan working on its USB controller


Cultural Activity with youth
Cultural Activity with youth

Everyday is a opportunity to change our attitude, our school, our community, our world. We live this everyday, we see it happen all the time at the Learning Innovation Network and the Digital Libraries.

When a teacher wakes up one day with a real desire to inspire her students, it changes everything. Cecilia is a teacher that always recieves you with a smile. She has been the one person that could really attract young people into cultural activities and community projects. With the use of technology, she makes reading attractive, she makes tradition something innovative, and if she doesn't know something... she invites and engages someone that knows! 

This is how she's managed to make every cultural activity a success. Images like the one in this photo, is what has captivated more people into getting involved in more courses, reading clubs and other educational activities. Cecilia is great! and like her there are many talented teachers that make worth every effort to fight for education and inclusion in México!

Thank you for helping us do our job with more tools.. and more inspiration!

When Don Pablo lost his audition one saturday morning, he thought he wouldn't be able to continue working and having a normal and happy life.

Three years ago, he lost his job because of this condition and since then he started knocking on doors to get a job or some kind of support. In September 2014 he got a job in the warehouse, but, because he did couldn't hear, he was at risk to be injured by the material and the loading machines. He was very close to losing his job.

Trying to find alternatives, he visited different educational institutions to learn computing, however, none of them could or wanted to accept him because he can't hear well.

When he arrived to one of Fundación Proacceso's centers, he thought the teachers were very kind to him and the center was very comfortable and beautiful. He thought he wasn't going to be able to afford it. When he knew about the scholarships program, he inmediatly signed up for the computing course. 

He finished is course in October 2014 and in December of that year, he had already been promoted to the managing area of the company he was working for. His excellent performance and computing knowledge allowed him to gain the trust and respect of his superiors and colleagues.

Don Pablo is now very happy and grateful to Fundación Proacceso and everyone who participated in his life changing educational experience. 

Thank YOU!


Hello Everyone:

We've missed you!! This past few months we've been working very hard to be able to offer more opportunities to young people in the low-income communities where our educational centers are located. 

As we've shared with you, It's not enough young people can access technology: it's what they do with those tools that is important for us. Until now we have developed all kind of different courses depending on their needs. This is how in five years we've graduated more than 14,000 people from our computing, english and science courses. This educational experiencie has been very enriching for everyone!

But now, we know we have to take the next step. We asked ourselves: how can we help users, specially youth to have more opportunities in life? That's how we started developing a program in wich we want to attend 3 specific situations that young people have to face: 

  1. How can I get a better job? or How can I get a job?
  2. How can I open my own bussiness? or make my ideas and dreams come true?
  3. To attain this goals, Do I need more formal/technical education?

Luckly, institutions and people like you have trusted us. Thanks to Trust for the Americas and other donors, we are now offering 100% scholarships to young people in Toluca, Estado de México. We help them prepare a CV, an interview, and get in touch with local bussiness -employers, funds or universities. 

We really want this program to be a success. Please help us spread the word and inspire youth to get away from organized crime and poverty, and believe in themselves and their dreams.

Centro RIA Texcoco
Centro RIA Texcoco

Hello everyone, 

We are happy to inform that we've been very bussy working on expanding our impact to more communities and hopefully all around Mexico. By the end of this year we will be opening 25 more digital libraries in the poorest communities in the State of Mexico (all throughout the periphery of Mexico City). 

Also, the model of we've created in the Learning and Innovation Network (or RIA), is now expanding to different parts of the country. This model, seeks to impact as many children, youth and adults as possible by offering educational resources they can use to solve their every day needs and problems. 

This is a new opportunity for us to apply every lesson learned in the past and create new stratergies. We are working as a team and listening what eveyone wants to say in order to improve our work and help more people. 

We also want to share with you that trought out this period we've reached the numer 500,000 user. We think that is such a big number! Behind this number, there are 500,000 stories, endless efforts and a shared hope to be a better person and help the people surround us to have a better quality of life. 

Thanks to your donations to this project, we've given more than 15 100% scholarships to the people that need it more. With your help, 10 kids that couldn't pay for their course were able to finish at the same time than their friends and classemates.  

Thank you!

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Organization Information

Fundacion Proacceso ECO A.C.

Location: Mexico City, Distrito Federal - Mexico
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Angela Aguilera
Mexico City, Distrito Federal Mexico