Holding Up Half the Sky: Educating Girls Makes It Possible

Why is the liberating education of girls so important in countries that are male dominated? (ignoring here for a moment that all countries are male dominated to a greater or lesser extent on a continuum).  Obviously it is important for girls and women to be educated in whatever form.  But the critical point is that a liberating form of female and male education is key to humanizing society as a whole.
Recall Adelina Chom,Adelina described in an earlier post about the important place of theater in the accurate delivery of history of the violence that tore at the village in February of 1982.  In the play, “The Past Is With Us,” Adelina played the role of a mother who lost her thirteen year-old daughter in a massacre at the time of the destruction of the village in which she experienced some depth of the grief the mother had felt in losing her child.  As she cried out and spoke she was projecting her voice to many audiences as the play toured the country.
Adelina went on to become an outstanding teacher in both the primary and middle schools.  In one middle school class that included students from a nearby village, she had the students research the birth rates of children in the two communities.  The rate was much

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En el aula: la pasión por la Democracia!

Publicado Abril 2, 2015 por clarkedson en educación liberadora. Deja un comentario | Editar
Rolanda García Hernández es una de los muchos en Santa María Tzejá que abrazaron el objetivo de educación liberadora, en la cual los estudiantes son preparados con una visión y determinación de trabajar para un mundo libre de opresión, un mundo democrático.
Rolanda as a middle school studentRolanda, como la más antiguo de los doce hijos, sirvió como una segunda madre para sus hermanos, por lo que le estuve ocupada y preocupada durante sus años de la escuela primaria.  Pero ella fue lo suficientemente inteligente como para mantener el ritmo, aún así. Todas sus tareas del hogar le dejó con un poco de tiempo para socializar con otros estudiantes, por lo que ella era tímida e insegura acerca de su capacidad para continuar en la escuela de nivel básico, cuando ha terminado el sexto grado. (En la foto al isquierda es Rolanda como estudiante en el básico.)   Pero, aun con la lucha contra el temor y temblor, ella se fue. Su inteligencia nativa y una nueva determinación para lograr el éxito se apoderó como se dio cuenta que se podría hacerlo. Cuando estaba lista para graduarse en 1998 comparte la emoción con otros los graduados de enseñanza básico en ir al nivel diversificado a que significaba ir a un internado con una beca, porque no existe una escuela del nivel diversificado en la aldea. Continue reading

In the Classroom: A Passion for Democracy!

Rolanda García Hernandez is among the many in Santa María Tzejá who embraced the goal of liberating education, that students are prepared with a vision and determination to work for an oppression-free, democratic world.
Rolanda as a middle school studentAs the oldest of twelve children, Rolanda served as a second mother for her siblings, so she was busy and preoccupied during her primary school years.  But she was smart enough to keep up, even so.  All of her household tasks left her with little time to socialize with other students, so she was shy and insecure about her ability to continue in middle school as she finished the sixth grade.  But, fighting her fear and trembling, she went.  Her native intelligence and an emerging determination to succeed took hold as she found she could do it.  When she was ready to graduate in 1998 she shared the excitement with other middle school graduates about going on to high school  That meant going off to boarding school on a scholarship, because there was no high school in SMT.  At left, Rolanda in middle school.

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