How do girls learn about autonomy when the national school system focuses on memorization and repetition? Through reading and talking about stories, and not just any stories, but the stories of Lucy and Pepe. These characters have become beloved household names in the communities where Yo quiero Yo puedo works. And they are a key part of Yo quiero Yo puedo´s experiential learning approach.
When we write to you about such life skills as assertive communication, self-awareness and critical thinking that are critical for human and community development, these concepts may sound abstract. But join the girls in Acaxochitlán, Hidalgo to listen to stories about the day to day experiences of Pepe and Lucy and how they navigate their days, and it all becomes tangible.
One teacher told us: “it's the most innovative thing I've heard and I would like more stories and... more activities like it. For example, I worked with my students on the issue of autonomy and the stories are so clear… and explicit".
Another teacher said: "The kids ask for them: “Hey, teacher, tomorrow could we again …", for them it is all about Pepe and Lucy. They say: “let's see Pepe and Lucy again!” And the support we teachers get from Yo quiero Yo puedo is fantastic… the facilitator came after I took the workshop and he observed me in the classroom and his feedback was ´you express yourself clearly to the children, it gives them the power to participate.´ ”
We continue to bring new content to the teachers, and thank you for your continued support of this program that is transforming communities.
Our deepest thanks,
Yo quiero Yo puedo
Ps- Don´t speak Spanish and wondering how to pronounce our name? It is said like Yo kiero yo poo-edo.
And her friend Pepe