Through a social and emotional learning (SEL) program, this project will help 1,200 indigenous girls in Chiapas during the pandemic, to strengthen their abilities and take care of their emotions in order to prevent gender violence and school drop-out during the pandemic. We are working with small groups in outdoor spaces to provide emotional support to girls, organize workshops to avoid school dropout, sports and artistic activities and create radio spots in indigenous languages to prevent COVID
Up to November 2020, in Mexico there are more than 1 million COVID19 cases and more than 100,000 deaths; schools are closed, teenage pregnancies are expected to double, and gender violence against girls and women has raised because of the confinement. Over more, within Chiapas' indigenous communities 75% of the children do not have internet access and cannot take virtual classes; 30% are thinking of leaving school and the girls say they feel sad and alone, as they have no one to talk to.
For 10 years we have strengthened social and emotional learning (SEL) of indigenous youth with a focus on human rights, gender equality and interculturality. During the pandemic we are working in small groups to provide emotional support to girls, strengthen SEL workshops to prevent dropouts, as well as sports and artistic activities virtual workshops in SEL program for teachers, and radio spots in mother tongues with scientific information to prevent COVID19, and gender violence.
The project will educate 1200 children to improve their SEL, continue studying and strengthen their resilience. In the long run we will accompany girls until they complete high school. Girls will learn to communicate their needs, detect gender violence and seek help very early. Girls will also improve their artistic skills and create radiophonic spot in native languages, with scientific information about COVID 19. These messages will help communities to improve preventive care.
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).