Sunday, 10 June 2018 00:00

Gratitude and new challenges at Pedro Poveda School in León, Mexico

LEON, Mexico. 
Reflections at the at the end of the academic year at Pedro Poveda School in León, Mexico. This school is part of the Socio-educational Project of the Teresian Association in America and it has been strengthened through the “Theory of Change.”

The school educates children and adolescents from one of the poverty areas of the City of León, State of Guanajuato, through research projects.

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The group of 30 high school students conclude this year by taking stock and giving thanks. They share some expressions:

  • I give thanks because this school is a modern school that tries to teach each year in a different way and is fun.
  • Because it has been my second home, a place where I learned and lived my life. It meant learning, a lot of fellowship and happiness.
  • We have taken into account values, friendships and relationships, as well as getting to know ourselves.
  • Thank you because I made many friends and they helped me change. I learned to socialize with more people with whom I did not talk much.
  • I like the way we learn, different topics with each teacher.
  • Because in order to solve conflicts I learned to think before acting, and that it is better to talk, to dialogue; also, to have a lot of patience and listen without listening to gossip and lies. Speaking and reflecting on what happened. Accept our mistakes and then reach agreements.

Some expressions look at the future of this school:

  • I would like to share my experience with new generations of girls and boys and support them as much as possible.
  • I would like to come back with a Career Project and show others that dreams can be achieved.
  • When I have a job, I will try to send donations to support the school.
  • I want to be an arts teacher in high school and teach that there are other ways to express yourself.
  • Recommend this institution, give donations and share the learning you have.
  • I want to be an entrepreneur and I will give donations for this school.

Time of gratitude and new challenges

Ending an academic cycle in a school where 70% of the expenses are covered by donations means giving thanks to the commitment of people, organizations and companies that continue believing that, through education, transformation processes are carried out.

At the invitation of Youthbuild of Mexico Foundation, we took on a new challenge: to carry out a proposal for a 2nd Opportunity, which involves educating 50 girls and boys, between 18 and 35 years of age, who because of their very complex stories - teenage pregnancies, addictions, problems of family or social violence, street situations, marginalization and poverty - could not continue their studies. It started in April of this year.

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These are young people come from families with little income which covers only food and services (electricity, water, gas, telephone). Many boys and girls of young women go hungry.

Secondary education is required in Mexico. However, 35% of young people do not have access to upper secondary education.

Their situation and the effort they make to overcome these situations make us say ENOUGH! with the political-economic system that generates exploitation, exclusion and poverty.

At this school we affirm our commitment to continue with the socio-emotional, academic and training of students. 

We want to strengthen each student, their critical and proactive development, so that they are not be absorbed by organized crime and may seek a better welfare for their families.

We are still missing 43 Young people

(students from Ayotzinapa, Iguala, Mexico who, according to the information received, disappeared in September 2014 at the hands of a criminal organization linked to politicians and police).

Cecilia Villalba, from León, Mexico

We are still missing 43 young people
(students from Ayotzinapa, Iguala, Mexico who, according to the information received, disappeared in September 2014
at the hands of a criminal organization linked to politicians and police).

Cecilia Villalba, desde León, México

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