Share Literacy Mexico

Share Literacy, an initiative of the Institute for Cross-cultural Exchange (ICE), has donated 900 books in Spanish and English to NGO's, schools and orphanages in San Quintin, Mexico.

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Location Data

San Quintin Valley, Baja; MorelosCuernavaca, San QuintinRuralAfghanistan

Share Literacy Mexico (SLM) is an initiative of the Canadian based non-profit, Institute for Cross-cultural Exchange (ICE). With the help of partners, volunteers, donors and grants, SLM donates Spanish/English bilingual books to needy children in schools and orphanages in Mexico. One of their key partners is One Life One Chance, a Canadian charity that builds houses for the poor of the region. Each family housed by One Life One Chance receives Share Literacy books.

SLM's rationale for this intervention is supported by a 20-year study by the University of Nevada, that revealed that the more books a child has in the home the greater the benefit and likelihood she will reach a higher level of education. However, in Mexico, where nearly half (44.2%) of the Mexican population live in poverty, and 10.5% live extreme poverty; the poor have little access to books and to decent education. Through donating books, SLM has found that children who own a book share it with their friends and read it to their siblings and mothers, thus initiating family literacy, even if in an elementary way.

The tales in SLM's books were selected and written especially for children by the Afghan author Idries Shah, who spent over 30 years of his life collecting hundreds of tales in the Middle East & Central Asia. SLM donates bilingual Spanish-English editions to help Mexican children understand what we share and can learn from these cultures.The stories themselves are unique teaching instruments helping to develop higher level thinking skills (e.g. critical, inferential and analogical thinking) perceptions and mental flexibility. They can help alleviate the influence of extremism, since thought patterns developed through familiarity with these tales are incompatible with extremist beliefs. They also help foster the social and emotional development of the child.

Financial support; Political and social instability in the region threatens book distribution

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