Like every year the two groups that conform our literacy project “¡Alfabetiza! Campaign for adult education” have been busy with our pre-campaign this year. This pre-campaign is a 4 month period where we learn all we need to face the 2-month-long campaign successfully. During this time we prepare ourselves through workshops, classes and seminars to train ourselves in the use of educational tools that will enable our work in the communities we'll be teaching how to read and write during the summer. We have also been raising the funds and gathering the material resources we'll need to live in the community and give classes.
The group headquartered in the “Colegio de Bachilleres Logos” and the “Instituto Luis Vives”, began their work on February 5th. The group is split in 4 different commissions, each one in charge of a specific task, that put together, will guarantee the success of the objectives stated for our campaign this year. As a group, we have worked hard to acquire the abilities and the theoretical framework, philosophical and pedagogical, that will guide the entirety of the campaign, understood as the classes we'll be teaching as much as our actions in the community we'll be living in.
This past month we completed several important steps. We held our 4th seminar on self-management and education where, through 7 presentations, we revised the objectives and concepts that underlie our work. We also finished our sessions on the “generating routes” methodology as part of our basic training, resulting in the planning and application of the diagnostic survey which took place on our preparation trip on May 3rd through 5th. This trip served several purposes: we introduced our group to all of the people we'll work with, we applied the survey which gives us the number of students we'll be having this year and collects all the information we'll need to plan the workshops we'll be holding during the summer, this survey will also be helpful towards planning the further development of the Community Library that has been working since the summer of 2011.
These coming weeks will conclude the process before the campaign begins. We leave for Tochimilco on June 3rd to start ¡Alfabetiza! Tochimilco 2013. Before we do, we still have work to do. We'll be having our last sessions on teaching History and Mathematics, we'll define our work program inside and outside of class and this week we're holding the “De la A a la Z” event, which will help us reach our economic goal.
The other group, based on the “Colegio Bilbao”, has been working for 4 months now. During this time 16 training sessions have been held with 30+ volunteers from many different schools. We have been learning about the “Palabra Generadora” methodology and the pedagogical philosophy of Paulo Freire.
We have our sessions every Saturday at Adeco A.C. These have covered class simulations, discussions on terms such as codification and decodification, dialogue, community, horizontal education, cultural encouragement and others that will be the base of our classes. We have also learned about how to teach vowels, what illiteracy implies and the different levels and other practical components like community insertion and contextual analysis for illiteracy.
Unlike past experiences, we are planning on working with a bilingual community. This new experience we are taking on with great awareness and responsibility. This means we have developed, along with specialists in inter-cultural and bilingual education, a new pedagogical approach with which we will be working in this indigenous community.
The community we'll be working with is San Martín Esperilla, in Tlacotepec, Puebla. The language they speak is “ngigua” or “popoloca”. We have been to the community and talked about the project with them. Most people were interested, welcoming and cooperative towards this endeavor which will only be successful with their help and interest. We will be starting on June 10th.
These coming weeks we will be sharing with you some of the experiences we have in these communities and the status of our work in them. We would like to remind you that we are open and willing to answer any questions, suggestions or doubts you might have for us. We would like very much for you to contact us with anything regarding our activities.