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Workshops in rural Colombia

Lucely did 15 workshops at a school located in the rural sector near Popayán last week. To get there she had to get up very early. Classes start at 7:30 am and end at 1:30 pm, and the transportation time was between 1-2 hours. The distance is not really that long, but the poor condition of the roads makes it difficult to move quickly.

Lucely spent every day of last week with the students from 9th to 11th grade. She says:

“Talking about sexual and reproductive education with young people has been one of the most pleasant experiences for me. Being a remote place, they rarely have an opportunity like this, therefore, in all the workshops I noticed a lot of participation and interest in learning. One of the things that stands out is that they took advantage of the space to clarify all the doubts they had about sexual relations, pleasure, contraceptive methods, consent, social media, among others. From day one, I noticed the respect for each other, the desire to learn and to move forward.”

Two educational books and copies of some of our fanzine informational material were donated to the school for the students to enjoy and for the teachers to use in class. It can now be found in the school’s library. Thanks to C&C Travel for making the donation of the books possible.

Lucely adds: “Being a rural educator is challenging, it requires a daily physical effort, regardless of the means of transportation, the conditions of the road or weather conditions you must start class at 7:30 am. But despite what you may encounter on the way or how difficult it may be to get there, it is always worth it. At the end of the day you leave with a heart full of learning, gratitude and the desire to return the next day.”


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