Project #10428

Access to Technology and Education in Mexico

by Fundación Proacceso
Jul 27, 2012

Meet Iris, a blind girl learning English @ the RIA

Iris learning English at the RIA
Iris learning English at the RIA

We want to thank everyone who has supported our projects on GlobalGiving, especially regarding Access to Technology and Education in Mexico. In this project report we would like to introduce you to Iris López Martínez, an 11 year old blind girl who is taking English classes in one of our RIA (Learning and Innovation Network) Centers [].

Iris is in 5th grade and goes to a public elementary school in a little town called Santiaguito Coaxuxtenco. She decided she wanted to learn to speak English after participating in a singing contest thanks to a sponsorship from the Foundation where she is learning Braille. All of the other participants were English speakers and she was frustrated that she couldn´t communicate with them.

Her parents enrolled her in English classes at the RIA in the nearby town of Tenango del Valle in June. She is well integrated into the group of seven children in her class; she is a fast learner and works at the same pace, or sometimes even faster than her classmates.

With the funds raised through the GlobalGiving platform, we have been able to purchase a Transparent Braille Computer Keyboard for Iris. We will also be installing a screen reader software to help her follow her classes.

The RIA strives to be an inclusive learning environment. “The fact that she is blind was not an obstacle for us to enroll her in the course with other kids. I wasn´t sure if we had the tools to help her in the learning process but I was glad to take the risk and today it´s already been 8 weeks since she started and she is doing very well”, says Dulce Bobadilla, Iris’ English teacher.

In this video you can watch Iris doing her favorite activity, singing, together with her English classmates in Tenango del Valle, Mexico:


Queremos agradecerl el apoyo dado a nuestros proyectos en GlobalGiving, especialmente el de Access to Tecnology and Education in Mexico. En el reporte de esta vez, queremos presentarles Iris López Martínez, una pequeña de 11 años quien es invidente y toma clases de Inglés en uno de nuestros centros RIA (Red de Innovación y Aprendizaje) [].

Iris cursa 5to grado y estudia en una escuela primaria pública en una pequeña localidad llamada Santiaguito Coaxuxtenco. Ella decidió estudiar Inglés luego de haber participado en un concurso de canto patrocinada por la Fundación en la que aprende Braille, allí nadie hablaba español, sólo Inglés y por lo tanto le impedía a Iris comunicarse con los otros participantes.

En junio sus padres la inscribieron al curso de Inglés en la RIA en un municipio cercano a su casa, Tenango del Valle. Iris se ha integrado muy bien con los otros 7 niños del grupo, ha logrado aprender rápido y siguiendo el paso de sus compañeros, a veces llega a ser más rápida que el resto de la clase.

Con los recursos que hemos logrado recaudar a través de GlobalGiving, logramos comprar un teclado braille transparente para la computadora que usa Iris. También instalaremos un software de lectura en su computadora para ayudarla a seguir sus clases.

La RIA se esfuerza por ser un espacio inclusivo de aprendizaje. “ El hecho de que sea ciega no fue un obstáculo para aceptarla en nuestro curso con otros chicos. No estaba segura si tendría las herramientas necesarias para apoyarla en su proceso de aprendizaje pero estaba dispuesta a asumir el riesgo y hoy ya llevamos 8 semanas desde que comenzó su curso y va muy bien”, dice Dulce Bobadilla, facilitadora de Inglés en la RIA a cargo del curso de Iris.

En el siguiente video podrán ver a Iris haciendo su actividad favorita, cantar, junto con sus compañeros de clase en el centro RIA de Tenango del Valle, México:


Iris with her classmates
Iris with her classmates
A classmate helps Iris to use the computer
A classmate helps Iris to use the computer
Iris and family at the RIA
Iris and family at the RIA



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Fundación Proacceso

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

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