A girl participating in the program
I’m glad to tell you that our program “Help marginalized children to study” is going well. As we told you in our last report, our school-based program in Chiapas came to an end and we are now working in the state of Coahuila in northern Mexico. Let me first tell you a bit about Coahuila and then share our results so far.
27.9% of the population of Coahuila lives in poverty and 31% of the population over 15 years old hasn´t finished the basic education. This is why it is important to work for education in the state. Due to organized crime and drug trafficking, the state has lots of security problems. The education will also protect children of many of the social problems that they may encounter, like violence, substance abuse and participation in gangs.
In Torreon, Coahuila, we are working with 1,571 persons (28 teachers, 891 students and 650 parents). We have already implemented a 40-hour workshop for the teachers of 17 primary schools in Torreon.
The evaluation of the teachers shows that after participating in our workshop, the teachers have increased their knowledge about how to improve the academic achievement of the children (e.g. teaching strategies and techniques, gender issues, promoting student participation). They have also increased significantly their life skills, especially self-knowledge, identification and management of emotions, empathy, creativity, decision-making and planning and organization. They now feel more empowered and more capable of promoting the academic achievement and talents in their students than before the workshops.
The skills and didactic techniques that the teachers have developed thanks to our program, will help them improve their teaching skills and to promote the life skills in their students. The teachers have been replicating the workshops contents with their students with the help of our facilitators who visit them to give them feedback and to monitor the quality of the replication. We are evaluating the impact of the program also on children and will soon tell you the results. In June, we are also giving conferences to parents, so that they learn how to best support their children’s education.
Thank you for continuing to help us! With your support, the marginalized children in Coahuila can have a better future.
Children with their "I want to, I can" guidebooks
"You can learn everything if you try"