¡Alfabetiza! Adult Education Campaign successfully launched this summer's teaching literacy program in 4 communities. In the district of Colón, near the city of Querétaro, we are working at La Zorra and Nogales. Both towns already know us, since the project had already been held there in 2007 and 2008. On the bases of Popocatepetl, just like last year, we are working in San Miguel Tecuanipa and Santiago Tochimizolco.
It is important for us to give continuity to the work with the people, so this year we have returned to both workplaces. This way we are strengthening projects we have been developing for a while now, such as the community libraries that have been formed and managed by the residents together with volunteers.
With 63 literacy teachers and 300 students started classes last June 10th, which will end on Saturday, August 4th. In addition to customized classes in small groups, there are recreation, integration and sports activities and read aloud, human rights and skills for life workshops, all of this for young people and adults with limited resources.
This year we have published a book – going through the printing process – in the communities of Tochimizolco and Tecuanipa. In this book, each of the adults involved has an opportunity to give expression to their ideas, life stories, poetry, fiction and denunciation. Therefore, we have an anthology of literary works showing what they have learned in terms of language. More importantly, it represents a means of expression and appropriation of literacy and freedom of speech.
Meanwhile, in the communities of La Zorra and Nogales, a side project has been developed with the young population. Tlalana, self-management and youth (as the workshop is called) provides participants with the tools necessary to learn how to self-organize, diagnose, manage and carry out projects in their own communities, thus ensuring that the young locals are a force for change since they themselves choose to improve their village. We are working with 21 attendees, young people who didn't participate in the classes for adults and who mostly have a higher education level.
Now that we are close to the end of our stay in the communities, the evaluation and projection to the future phase begins. We are very pleased with the results obtained so far, but we know that there is still much to do with this people, who has opened the doors of their houses and trusted us to know them, learn and work with them.