Summer vacations are over and with this both adult education and literacy campaigns '¡Alfabetiza!' came to a good end. Both volunteer work groups are now in the stage of post-campaign, self-evaluating their work and thinking proposals on how to improve the project next year. Throght these pages we present preliminary results on each of the campaigns.
A group of 28 volunteers worked and lived for seven weeks in San Martin Esperillas, located in the Municipality of Tlacotepec,in the state of Puebla. This is the first of three summers we implement the campaign in this community.
As a first year of intervention in the community, it was very important to begin with a diagnostic built from the participation in class (about 2500 lective hours) and the different community work activities.
The successful incorporation of 140 adults meant a great challenge for literacy teachers and learners because of the conditions of constant migration from the village people and crop season which is demanding and time consuming. Through clases and additional sessions, these new social spaces for popular education focused on the implementation of small learning projects with communitary strategic vision.
Working in this community raised significant intercultural factors for literacy, as an example, one of the core themes was the acknowledgment and appreciation of Ngigua language- commonly known as Popoloca - which is the mother tongue of the people of the region, almost all of them bilingual.
Although the main target of our project group are adults, along three weeks, a workshop with local children (60 boys and girls) was held which also worked the appreciation of language and rescue of Ngigua local history, therefore the academic proposal of this campaign was very encouraging and throwed positive results. In conclusion, during this year, ¡Alfabetiza! has reinvented the methodology used so far , allowing better teaching and learning models with more proper tools for community development and positions us as a dynamic and constantly changing program.
Formed by a group of 56 mostly young volunteers from high school students and above, the campaign was implemented for the third consecutive year in San Miguel and Santiago Tecuanipa Tochimizolco , but for the first time to the community of Santa Cruz Cuautomatitla, the three villages belong to the municipality of Tochimilco in the state of Puebla.
From June 2nd to July 23rd, the group lived in the preschool facilities of San Miguel Tecuanipa and targeted 320 people from the three communities for campaign activities, either in classes usually taught in homes of the inhabitants or attending to any of the group sessions and discussion activities
In addition to increasing the number of volunteers, raising the number of adult participants and extending hours of lectures, an additional factor of qualitative growth was the nature of the classes. Moreover, many of the study groups achieved - without leaving the literacy objective- a varied and rich discussion on key topics such as: gender, local representation, lack of public services, historical analysis, community and identity, health and herbology, among many other considerations.
This critical and analytical approach was the motivation for the collective work sessions, where a reinforced message on promoting discussions among participants towards significant learning experiences was made. We hope these moments continue in our absence, either within each home or in public spaces.