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Enseña por México

Reading clubs for kids

Student Leaders
Camila García and Johanna López
Adult Supporter
Ariadna Macías
Age of Students

Please describe how your students exercised their leadership and the impact they had.

Johanna and Camila are two high school students from Toluca, Mexico. They realize that a very big problem in Mexico is the short interest about reading, so they create a reading club in their community for 6 to 12 years old kids. In this club they start to look for the interests of the kids, so the reading can be more fun. They do a campaign with the community for books donations, and they have a small library in their school where they do the club. They say that it is a space where the kids can start to getting on with other kids, have confidence on themselves because they have activities to perform the stories and they improve their writing.
“We want the reading to be the kids favourite hobby, so they can travel to other places with their imagination and help to increase the culture in Mexico” Camila and Johanna.

What role did you play in supporting your students’ leadership?

Johanna and Camila are so excited with this club and they ask for help to all of my classmates, so every kid can receive a personal attention. As their teacher I am so proud of them and in class we are searching new ways to get better the club. They motivate other students to help in this action.

What did you and your students learn in this activity that will endure beyond today?

Every day we learn that obviously is not easy, but with a great team we can do it. There are a lot of people that want to help the education and Mexico. Camila and Johanna start this project but they want that other generations get involve so it can last a lot of years and they can open reading clubs in other schools.