Education for 250 working children in Chiapas

by Melel Xojobal A.C.
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Education for 250 working children in Chiapas
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Education for 250 working children in Chiapas
Education for 250 working children in Chiapas
Education for 250 working children in Chiapas
Education for 250 working children in Chiapas
Education for 250 working children in Chiapas
Education for 250 working children in Chiapas
Education for 250 working children in Chiapas
Education for 250 working children in Chiapas
Education for 250 working children in Chiapas
Education for 250 working children in Chiapas
Education for 250 working children in Chiapas
Education for 250 working children in Chiapas
Education for 250 working children in Chiapas
Education for 250 working children in Chiapas
Education for 250 working children in Chiapas
Education for 250 working children in Chiapas

Project Report | Feb 24, 2017
Beginning 2017 with the right foot

By Luis Flores | Fundraiser

Dear  donors,

This year is going to be one of big emotions at Melel Xojobal.

The reason?

We are celebrating our XX Anniversary, twenty years giving our best in order to encourage childhood to know better themselves, keep studying, claim their rights and change their project of life.

For that, we are organizing different events that we’ll be sharing with you.

First of all, we are almost starting our every year campaign “Right to Identity”. Last campaign was a total success: we achieved 110 birth certificates, and this year we hope to improve that number.

Right now, we are promoting the campaign and disseminating information about it all over San Cristobal de las Casas. We have flyers in Spanish and Tzotzil (the main indigenous language spoken in the region) that we have been spreading in every corner of our city, focusing in locations that we already identified as places where a lot of persons don´t have their birth certificates.

Besides, we are broadcasting radio announcements in Spanish and Tzotzil on different radio stations that reach a big audience of the population we work with. Most of them are indigenous, local and social radio stations that now are our friends and every year help us in this task of promotion, such as Radio Libertad, Radio Votán Zapata, Radio Ciudadana and Radio Centinela.

Also, our activities in order to help the childhood to keep studying, claim their rights and change their project of life, have already started. These activities are basically educative sessions that we called Learning Circles, aimed to indigenous working children in their own workplaces.

The Learning Circles are one of the main pillars of Melel Xojobal and have the objectives:

  1. Improve children skills and knowledge in order to help them in the school, basically reading and writing skills, and mathematics knowledge.
  2. To enable the childhood the exercise of their rights. We intend that children see themselves as a subject of law and know their rights.
  3. To propitiate bonds between children, so they could together recognize their situations, challenges, risks and opportunities.

It is worth mentioning, these children are not being exploited, they work with their families in order to contribute the household expenditure. Which is good and bad: good because the majority doesn’t belong to criminal networks that use them for profit interest, and bad because the parents want their children to continue the business family and they do not consider useful the formal education.

For this reason, we also have a workshop with the parents in order to show them the importance of the right of education and let their children improve their life project.

Finally, we are organizing the main event of our XX Anniversary that is going to happen by the end of the present year: a forum named “Childhood and Social Justice”. We pretend to create a place of encounter between local, national and international experts in themes of childhood, authorities, and working children from Mexico and abroad. We want to become a megaphone for the voice of childhood, we believe in the importance of children’s participation in the exchange of ideas and decision-making processes.

 We will keep you updated through all the year.

 

Best regards

Luis Flores

 

 

 

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Melel Xojobal A.C.

Location: San Cristobal de Las Casas, Chiapas - Mexico
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Twitter: @melelxojobal
Project Leader:
Ayelén Amigo
San Cristobal de Las Casas , Chiapas Mexico
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