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Listen to our stories in English:
Voice: Isabela Lyrio
Este video forma parte en la serie “Para que las mujeres no nos quedemos atrás…”. SIPAS (mujer joven), son los testimonios de: Balvina, Elva, Criselda; mujeres que a pesar de los problemas que tuvieron para educarse perseveran para superar su analfabetismo.
Elva – “Así puedo ayudar en la tarea a mis hijos”
“No fui a la escuela desde pequeña, los otros niños eran pequeños y yo era grande, “viejita”, solía tener vergüenza al lado de mis compañeros, porque me decían tu eres grandulona”.
Criselda – “Nuestros lápices, los guardábamos muy bien”
“(…) papa y mamá tomaban, ellos no tenían dinero para comprarme cuadernos, por eso, antes sólo iba con un cuaderno, no llevaba varios cuadernos, nuestros lápices no los perdíamos, los guardábamos muy bien”.
I wish that my parents had sent me to school when I was very young. But I got to school when I was ten years old… I wonder if my parents cared about me, cause if they did I wouldn’t be in such a situation.
Other children were small, and I was big, “old”… I used to be embarrassed of my colleagues because they said I was big.
My school was far away, and teachers would arrive at noon. They did not teach us well, that’s the way it was.
When I arrived at school, sometimes I wasn’t in time, not every day. Sometimes I wouldn’t come, because my dad would made me feed the sheep.
But now I would say to all women, that they make their children to go to school from an early age, because now, I see my son who was enrolled in the kindergarten at the age of two, and he speaks very well, although his hands still do not work as they should. I read a short story, and my son is right when he answers the questions.
I finished elementary school without failing, and so I did in high school. I feel good for having finished school, because I can assist my children with their homework, because if I had not gone to school, and I was an illiterate, how would I teach my children? I wouldn’t teach them, I wouldn’t read… So I feel happy that I have finished high school. I can assist my children with their homework.
I wanted to go to school, but my father and mother were alcoholics. They had no money to buy us notebooks, so I only had one. We also did not have many pencils, so we could not lose the ones we had, we were very careful about them.
After school I went home for lunch, and then I went back to school. At 5 pm I finally went home, and when I got there my mother was drunk, and that is why she never cooked us dinner. That’s the way it was.
I tell all mothers to send their children to school, so they will not end up like us, working in the fields, sad, dirty. We all must go to school.
I want my daughters to be professionals…
That they make a lot of money.
Why do you want to study?
Because I don’t want to be a mother.
Because I don’t want be poor.
Because I want to be a doctor.
So that women are not left behind…