In 2018, The Peterson Schools helped remodel the library at the public school in Cuajimalpa, making it bilingual by donating books and learning materials. However, the lack of public school personnel made difficult for the students and teachers to access the library. The Social Impact and Innovation Program manager, recruited the help of two pedagogy students from Universidad Iberoamericana. Ana Laura Escalante Torres and Alvaro Garcia Averell worked on cataloging and curating material as a part of their Educational Intervention and Evaluation class.
“I never worked in a library before, and I saw how lucky the students at the school were to have such great material, so I wanted to help out” explains Ana Laura. From January to April 2019, Ana Laura and Alvaro visited the school once a week sorting, classifying, and grouping the materials, completing their intervention by curating a collection for each group. “I saw that the teachers that had a connection with their students were the ones who were able to get them interested in the material and literature, that is the most important takeaway” Alvaro shares when asked about the impact he feels his work has had on the project.
The Peterson Schools thank both Ana Laura and Alvaro for their work on the project, as well as their profesor Nuria Mendoza and the Universidad Iberoamericana. We look forward to more Universidad Iberoamericana students taking part of our continuing work within the community. For more information about the Social Impact Program, you can write Alma M. Rinasz at firstname.lastname@example.org