Teaching these women was a remarkable experience, not only for their willingness to learn but for their personality and wisdom. There were seven people involved in this project, mainly participants of a teacher training program (SIT) and myself. I have taught English and Spanish for over ten years now and I have to say this was one of the most rewarding experiences both as a teacher and as the director of the center. Having these women at our center, learning a foreign language for their first time, has increased my motivation to continue running programs like this.
Hopefully, next year we´ll start a Spanish literacy program for people who had to abandon their hometowns looking for better opportunities here in the city. Unfortunately, many of these people were never given the opportunity to attend school and as they grow older the need to work surpassed the need to learn. Ours is a society that stigmatizes the poor and rejects those that look different. Our indigenous communities and their people have suffered this rejection and denial for many years up to the point where they do not consider themselves worthy of an education. This is so wrong. These people have made and continue to make Oaxaca what it is: a place full of colors, traditions and magic.