Dear GlobalGiving Donors,
Another year is soon coming to an end and this is the summary of the activities and results we had accomplished in 2016:
Birth Certificate Campaign.
A Birth certificate is an indispensable document for people; it proves the existence of a person and is the key to access other rights such as the right to education or to healthcare.
We promote an annual campaign called “Right to Identity” whose objective is to help indigenous families to get the birth certificate for their children.
This campaign took place in the public places of the city, where children either work or accompany their parents to work. We also broadcast radio announcements in Spanish and Tzotzil on different radio stations that reach a big audience of the population we work with.
In 2016, we assisted in obtaining 81 birth certificates for children who would otherwise have remained unregistered. These valuable documents were delivered directly to the organization’s offices, thanks to an agreement with the Office of Civil Registration.
Right to Education
One of the pillars of the Organization’s work is the promotion of right to education since it makes a sustainable impact. Higher levels of education for young people enable better opportunities for social mobility when they become adults, breaking the cycle of poverty and inequality that affects such a large number indigenous people.
School placements and attendance
Through educational activities called “learning circles”, that take place in public markets, in the central square and in the organization’s offices, children and young people improve their life skills, such as critical thought, autonomy, the ability to ask questions and to create new ideas to understand, to value and to have a positive impact in their environment.
This year, we focused on the following strategies:
a) Encouraging reading and writing
We made an assessment to determine the level of literacy of children and we found a big gap between their current knowledge and their level of education. Children who attends 3rd, 4th and 5th grade can’t read they can only spell. We also found participants who don’t know how to read and write.
Weekly, we ran different activities to improve the reading and writing level of children and we also teach them how to read and write using different strategies such as word plays, storytelling, free writing and vocabulary.
b) Encouraging the study of mathematics
Children who we work with are behind the normal grade level for their age in elementary arithmetic, most of them barely can count to one hundred and perform simple addition and subtraction; so we focused on developing math skills such as addition, subtraction, division and multiplication through the use of ludo-educational resources that focus not only on learning but also on encouraging children to love it.
c) Basic English Language Learning
During the summer period, we organized an intensive English workshop, with the primary objective of providing young people with the necessary tools for English comprehension and to improve their academic performance. Also it serves to reflect on the importance of learning different languages for life and work.
31 children and adolescents are beneficiaries of a scholarship to guarantee their school continuity. As part of this process we made home visits, monthly follow-up meetings and educational activities in the organization’s office to strengthen their academic abilities.
Raising awareness about the Right to Education with families
It is also necessary to work with families to promote the rights of their children and to extend the organization’s work to the family level in order to reach indirectly more boys, girls, and adolescents.
In 2016, we ran four workshops to promote the Right to Education.
We want to thank GlobalGiving and all the generous people who contribute to promote the rights of indigenous children in Chiapas!
Political and social participation
Time to talk Campaign
Learning circles in Merposur
Birth certificate campaign