Education Classes Benefit Mexican Youth
By Jaci Winters
The formal education we receive forms only a small part of the life experiences that make us well rounded and creative human beings. Mexican public schools provide students with a basic curriculum in primary, middle, and high school. Unfortunately the resources, skills, and expertise required to provide students with the necessary additional stimuli to broaden their world view is often not available in many public schools.
Education classes at the Biblioteca introduce Mexican children and young people to a diverse array of language and creative subjects. Classes include painting, crafts, music, math, science, English, computers, and reading. For most students who attend these classes, it is their first and only contact with this type of educational experience. In 2015, 50 students were enrolled in art classes, 30 in piano classes, 32 in guitar classes, 20 in the choir, and 120 in computer classes. In addition, 466 attended computer classes in the Children’s Sala and 465 children attended summer workshops.
The Biblioteca currently offers 44 weekly classes in a variety of subjects. Classes are taught by both Mexican staff and volunteers, many who not only volunteer their time but also their money by purchasing materials and supplies to facilitate their classes.
English and computer skills are necessity for young people living in a global world. The crafts, music, and art classes help young people to appreciate their heritage and develop their creativity. In science and math classes, children are introduced to concepts and theories about their universe through hands on experiments.
All of these classes are available free of charge to Mexican students as part of the Biblioteca’s outreach to the community of San Miguel de Allende. There is a great need and demand for these classes and, with your assistance, the Biblioteca will have the resources necessary to expand and enhance them.
La Biblioteca de San Miguel de Allende is a nonprofit institution supported in total by tax-deductible contributions, membership fees, and income from its several ancillary enterprises. La Biblioteca receives no government or public funding.
Please donate to our educational classes fund today and become a Biblioteca Friend, Supporter, Patron or Presidents Circle donor. Donations are tracked cumulatively and donors are recognized at each level. When gifts total US$1,000, the Presidents Circle level, a name tile is installed on our donor wall to recognize your generous gifts.
Your contribution, in any amount, is deeply appreciated and very much needed. The Biblioteca can issue Mexican or US tax receipts. For Canadian tax receipts, go to AmistadCanada.org or Canadahelps.org (for on-line donations). Copies of the donor brochure are available in the courtyard or from staff in the cafe or tienda. Bibliotecasma.org also has all this information and for convenience you can donate on-line on the site. Help us help Mexican kids develop their skills and improve their future.