Alianaza por una education humanitaria – Anti-violence program

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Report on Safe Schools component for parents

Program of Safe Schools andHealthy  Communities – A Rotary Global Grant
by Mariana Castañeda Almaguer.                                                    August 8, 2016

Communication, friendly service and developing conflict resolution strategies were the central themes of an educational process with a group of moms who live in Ajijic and Riberas del Pilar. The Gricelda, Rocio and Susana, ladies initially devised this process from its participation in the Safe Schools and Healthy Communities Program as a Safe Space Alliance for Teachers  as, managers, mothers and parents, promotes primary schools in peaceful coexistence; making use of the game and a sensitive encounter with knowledge about the rights of animals, plants and of course, children. From this experience, it is that moms thought “[…] make such workshops elsewhere other than the school … that children can play …”.
The project with parents was to conduct a weekly workshop during the month of June, where through dialogue and play, the conception of the conflict was extended as an everyday element in life and has a great opportunity: imagine and learn creatively solve a problem.

Using the theoretical proposal of the Education for Peace, moms were reviewing their conflict resolution strategies and applying new ones at home. For example, using a prop, which is to have a kind of piggy, whose name is Banco de la Paz, where each person in the family, including moms, can put a color count (coin) every time it solves a conflict in the family or the neighborhood, making use of dialogue and reaching agreements.
A fundamental idea that helped nurture the workshop moms were the Rights of Children, who identified themselves as a guide, and also a clear limit, to educate our children ensuring a gentle, dignified and loving treatment. Likewise, the Animal Rights document, helped us deal with respect to other animal species with which we live every day.
Another strategy to achieve a timely and healthy communication, and which can generate a close and trusting relationship is games, because you can build close ties with children and, a time which favor different abilities and learning:

1) Attention and concentration, because you have to follow instructions.
2) To join the game intentionally common rules and agreements are respected, so you learn to achieve a safe and healthy living.
3) Imagination, proposal and decision making.
4)Children can propose games and together they decide what and how to play.


After learning of the workshop they were planned and conducted four events during July to implement the knowledge acquired: The first Sharing with families and community where moms invited people in your family or neighborhood and shared their experience and learning and the results they have had at home from their participation in the program. The most significant was that a trustworthy environment was achieved with great listening skills by these, all women seeking do to do their work of mothers, grandmothers, sisters or aunts better. In addition, they said the Bank of Peace was very useful, as well -in community- and family can resolve conflicts respecting the wishes and emotions of those involved.  They also participated in the Second Fair Guardians of the Planet, part of the educational work of APEH whose central theme is to promote peaceful coexistence between living beings, understanding that we are all equally important: plants, animals and humans. In this event, the moms, attended and a husband of one of the participating moms.

Program; and together with the coordinating team activity with children / as attending primary school, and help in other activities it was made.

Three community events, whose name was Guardians of the Plane: Playing Community, which refers to educational programs carried out in schools by the curriculum were made, but from the proposal moms, is taken now the community through simple games that bring people together, moms, parents and their children.  Traditional games such as jumping rope, rabbits and hutches, gum, an adaptation of sufficient, spaces these games were managed in the municipal delegations of Ajijic and San Antonio to go to places of habitual coexistence were made: Square San Antonio Tlayacapan; and the courts found down the street Brisas del Tepalo and Friendship Park (on the boardwalk) in Ajijic.

Monday August 1 activities were completed in the Public Library of Ajijic, where the moms, and those who gave them support, families, husbands, children / as, mothers, sisters, sisters thanked all for participating.  

At the end of the session, the prevailing sense of responsibility and motivation to continue in each community by promoting from the family and the neighborhood play as a way of meeting and coexistence, and also as a way to learn and to live in respect, responsibility and cooperation.
At the end of this closure, moms commented that what they liked most was:

“Working with children, to talk with them.”
 “Love, respect, and above all have tolerance.”
“Appreciate every one of the differences of children”.

Our thanks to moms and their families for taking the time and effort. Also, persons responsible for the Wilkes Library Ajiji and Lake Chapala Society for providing a warm and pleasant area to meet, discuss, share and learning space. And to the Municipal Delegations of Ajijic and San Antonio Tlayacapan, for making the necessary arrangements to use public spaces for games in communities.  A thanks also to Rotary Club of Ajijic for its efforts in aquiring the International Global Grant for the financial resources to do this work.  Responsible for this project were:
Mother participants: Ms. Susana, Rocio and Gricelda, Maria Teresa Jimenez Gonzalez, Trainer Bernadine Janzen. Administration: Mac Whyte. Coordination: Mariana Castañeda Almaguer, Associate Trainer.

Reporte de trabajo * Semana 3. Lunes 13 a viernes 17 de junio de 2016.

Sesión 2

Participan: Señoras Susana y Gricelda. Mariana.
La señora Rocío fue a trabajar, por eso no asistió. Se disculpó. Hizo compromiso de estar en la próxima.
Lugar: Lake Chapala Society Hora: 10am a 12pm.

Objetivo: Ampliar la visión de conflicto: oportunidad de aprendizaje, que necesita practicarse cotidianamente, para que se convierta en una forma de pensar y actuar.  Mostrar estrategias de resolución de conflictos y su relación con el trato amable, la dignidad y el respeto. Hacer un ejercicio de perdón desde su ser mujer y ser madre: conocer lo que se ha de cambiar, y perdonarse por equivocaciones.

Desarrollo de la sesión: Recuperación y reflexión sobre la visión del conflicto. Caja de herramientas: Mapa de la Paz y ¿Qué tienes en la cabeza? (Juego con estrategias de resolución de conflictos). Primera parte de ejercicio “Día a día… Un compromiso” (Yo dejo). Continuidad de “El árbol de los aprendizajes”. Cierre con el “Arcoíris de los guardianes”.

Comentarios sobre el día: Se logró mostrar y reflexionar sobre la importancia y necesidad de aprender a resolver conflictos de forma pacífica y como las mamás y papás tienen una función muy importante: ser ejemplo de paz, resolución y asertividad.  Para el ejercicio de Mapa de la Paz por medio de un problema real entre una mamá y la directora de la escuela donde está su hijo. Fue muy significativo para las mamás.

Al mostrar las estrategias de resolución de conflictos me pidieron que si por favor les daba las tarjetitas, así ellas podrían verlas día a día y utilizarlas. Les abrió un panorama sobre otras formas de actuar frente al conflicto.

Para la actividad de Yo dejo, como ejercicio sanador y liberador fue importante, expresaron con confianza recuerdos o culpas que llevan día a día, reflexionaron sobre lo que sí hacen bien y valoraron positivamente sus esfuerzos que también están presentes día a día.


  • Reconocer, explicitar y agradecer la labor que llevan día a día las mamás.   
  • Iniciar la reflexión sobre la importancia de aprender sobre la resolución de conflictos, como una herramienta que ayuda a su labor y responsabilidad de madres.  


  • Es muy importante reconocer y agradecer el trabajo que hacen las mamás, difícilmente reciben estos agradecimientos cotidianamente, parece ser que por ello, les es difícil ver todo lo que hacen bien; generando exigencia que después se vuelve culpa o remordimiento.
  • Este espacio de trabajo, en otro momento y con un alcance mayor, puede ser más amplio; al existir la ventaja de tener un grupo de mamás, es posible realizar trabajo psicológico que les ayude a crecer como mujeres y madres, podría incidir en su vida: familiar, social, laboral.

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