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Educate and Empower Girls in Rural Mexico

by Yo Quiero Yo Puedo
Educate and Empower Girls in Rural Mexico
Educate and Empower Girls in Rural Mexico
Educate and Empower Girls in Rural Mexico
Educate and Empower Girls in Rural Mexico
Educate and Empower Girls in Rural Mexico
Educate and Empower Girls in Rural Mexico
Educate and Empower Girls in Rural Mexico
Educate and Empower Girls in Rural Mexico
Educate and Empower Girls in Rural Mexico
Educate and Empower Girls in Rural Mexico
Educate and Empower Girls in Rural Mexico
Educate and Empower Girls in Rural Mexico
Educate and Empower Girls in Rural Mexico
Educate and Empower Girls in Rural Mexico
Educate and Empower Girls in Rural Mexico
Educate and Empower Girls in Rural Mexico
Girls and boys learning to play together
Girls and boys learning to play together

Dear supporters,

The second year of our program is over and we have some amazing results to share with you. As you all know, we are working with indigenous girls in Hidalgo to reduce the risk factors that prevent them from staying in school, such as teenage pregnancies, violence and lack of gender equality. In the two years, we have been able to reach 17 communities, 1,373 boys and girls, 55 teachers and 708 parents. We are extremely proud to report that the program has been very well received in those communities and, because they’ve asked us to continue working with them and others in the area, we are already preparing the third year of programming!

We’ve seen some incredible changes in the participants, such as increased confidence and the motivation to continue studying. Students have also increased life skills such as communication, teamwork and empathy and they have repeatedly expressed that Yo quiero Yo puedo has helped them to value and respect themselves. They are now more eager to participate in class, play with their peers and help at home. We’ve especially seen these changes in the girls who participated for two years in the program, compared to those who participated only one year. Below you can see some of the most outstanding results, which compare girls’ assessments at the end of each year:

Attitudes towards gender equality: girls who participated during one year scored 72/100 vs. girls who participated during two years scored 83/100

Knowledge about violence prevention: girls who participated during one year scored 34/100 vs. girls who participated during two years scored 64/100

Knowledge about pregnancy and STD prevention: girls who participated during one year scored 31/100 vs. girls who participated during two years scored 69/100 

And what the students have shared with us goes even further: both boys and girls talked to us about wanting to continue studying to become professionals. Denisse, one of the participants, expressed: “This program taught me that boys and girls can learn and play together and that if I want to play with cars, that doesn’t make me less of a girl. When I finish school, I want to study something related to math or science.”

Parents are also changing as a result. Lino, told us that “I would love for my daughter to continue studying. She will be the one to decide what, but I am going to support her no matter what she decides, because women are worth the same as men and it is important that we teach them that.”

Based on these results, we are confident that the impact of a third year will be even greater and the dropout rate in the region can be brought even lower. The entire community is transforming as a result of the Yo quiero Yo puedo program.

Thank you so much for helping us make this possible! Feel free to share this with your friends so more of us can help empower indigenous girls!

Girls learning about sexual reproduction
Girls learning about sexual reproduction
Yo quiero Yo puedo workshop
Yo quiero Yo puedo workshop

Dear GlobalGivers,

Just before the holidays, we told you we would be working with the 5th and 6th grade teachers in Acaxochitlán, Hidalgo to adapt the Yo quiero Yo puedo (I want to, I can) program into teachers’ classroom activities, and we´ve got some great news from the field to share with you!

Across the 17 schools, we heard from the teachers as they brought the program to their students:

I realize that I myself, as a teacher, can be an agent of change and help my students. - Luis, 39 year old teacher

I feel very comfortable in the group and I realized that I can be a support for my students; as I reduce my barriers to change, I can help my students reduce theirs. - Carlos, 29 year old teacher.

Because we believe that change occurs holistically, we are committed to always including parents, of both boys and girls, in our programs. These last couple months, parents across the 17 schools also rolled up their sleeves and immersed themselves in learning about violence prevention and sexuality and built their own life skills (remember this is shop talk for skills like communicating on difficult topics, decision making and negotiation). One mom told us that “there are a lot of things I didn´t know, or that´s just how I was taught. A workshop like this is what we all need, it has helped me realize that If I am not well, I can´t help my daughter”.

Check out the photos below to see the teachers in action with their students! With each day, more girls are staying in school and their dreams are becoming reality.

- Yo quiero Yo puedo (Mexican Institute of Family and Population Research)

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Dear GlobalGivers,

We are happy to spread cheer and good news during this holiday season!  

As we mentioned on our last report we are continuing our work in schools with teachers and students from the Acaxochitlán community.

Our workshop started in August and just concluded with the participation of 35 teachers and 3 head managers from 17 different schools.  After the workshop, an activities kit was given to each teacher for them to use during class. These activities kits are a fun way to teach and for students to learn about gender equality and risk prevention, in an interactive way. Of course, our Yo quiero Yo puedo collaborators will be accompanying the teachers during these classroom activities.

Since we are so proud and happy to be carrying out this project, our board members were eager to visit and were finally able to during this last month of November. During their visit they observed classroom activities, met and had conversations with teachers and parents.

For the next phase this last month of the year and continuing into the next one, our team will be working with teachers to adapt the program into their classroom activities.  Yo quiero Yo puedo will be there to support teachers and students during this learning (and fun!) process in the following months.

We have included photos from these past activities and we look forward to continue sharing upcoming news with you!

Happy Holidays!

View from one of the participating schools
View from one of the participating schools

We want to give all of you a warm welcome back!

The new school year has started and we are continuing with our work of empowering girls full speed. We gave our teachers and students time to relax and enjoy their summer and now we are back with new fun activities for everyone!

As we are still carrying out many activities with new (and old) participants, we would like to share with you what we are up to:

We had a very successful beginning of the year meeting with educational authorities. These authorities are in charge of elementary schools mostly attended by indigenous children and we were granted the participation of 7 more schools; this completes a total of 17 participating schools.

Since it is our second year in this community, our team has also been busy visiting schools that participated during the first year. Not only that, but they have supported and guided these teachers during their activities with students.

A 40 hour workshop for new teachers is currently underway; during this workshop they learn more about themselves, acquire new knowledge and prepare to replicate with their students.  

They replicate these fun activities and share this newly acquired knowledge in their classrooms with their students. Of course, we help them prepare fun and age appropriate activities for their students and ensure that they are sharing these messages in an optimal manner.

Our goal this year is to train 400 girls and 400 boys in life skills, sexual health, reproductive health, STIs prevention, teen pregnancy prevention, violence prevention and (we added this new topic this year!) masculinities. As we have been working for many years, all of our programs have a gender equality focus; therefore, we are excited to include this new topic about masculinities to our program.

As always, we want to THANK YOU for your ongoing support. We wouldn’t be able to continue our work without it.

Until next time!

 

Teachers enjoying their workshop
Teachers enjoying their workshop
Proud of their effort during the workshop
Proud of their effort during the workshop
Students during classroom activities
Students during classroom activities
Girls exercising their leadership
Girls exercising their leadership

Hello!

We are happy to report the latest activities with our girls as this school year comes to an end.

It has been made clear that gender equity is an issue of concern and the responsibility of both men and women. For this reason, we involve both boys and girls in these types of activities. Within the classroom, changes with regards to knowledge, attitudes and behaviors towards gender equity have been very evident.

Now the boys and girls recognize that they are equal as people and they understand that both girls and boys can play whichever games they want.

 

As a result of these changes, they shared the following:

"Girls aren’t going to become men because they play soccer."

Girl, age 10

"[Regarding playing with dolls] I play with my female cousin."

Boy, age 10

 

As far as other changes go, they shared the following:

 

"I wouldn’t be embarrassed to talk to [my parents] because there have been changes, now there is trust."

Girl, age 10

"In order to prevent diseases, you do not put toxic things in the body...like Coke."

Boy, age 10

"When our teacher leads the workshop he is friendlier and talks more about puberty. He teaches things, but through playing."

Girl, age 10

"I learned about my body, to get to know more about myself and my emotions, knowing what I like and what I don’t like, and that makes me feel happier because what I learn helps me."

Boy, age 10

 

We had the pleasure of receiving a visit from Paola Martínez Chiñas, who is part of the Corporate Social Responsibility team at J&J México. Paola witnessed the changes in boys and girls and their relationship as classmates.

In the coming months we will continue our efforts to continue working with these boys and girls, and also to get to know our new participants.

We will keep you informed of our new activities soon! Until next time!

 

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Yo Quiero Yo Puedo

Location: Mexico City, Mexico - Mexico
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Project Leader:
Shoshana Grossman-Crist
Mexico City, Mexico

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