The Plaza Comunitaria program allows participants to study subjects at the elementary and secondary levels and complete their education in their native language. At the completion of this on-line program, students receive a diploma from the Secretary of Public Education from Mexico. Students study at their own pace via computer and have an opportunity to learn how to read and write in order to get better jobs and reach their fullest potential. Volunteer tutors help students navigate through the courses and offer support.
The CIELO Project began a literacy and GED pilot program in Spanish in November 2005. The goal was to offer literacy and GED preparation classes to those whose first language is Spanish. It is very difficult for non-native speakers to grasp a second language if they do not have strong knowledge of their own language. Literacy in one’s native language builds self-confidence and facilitates English language learning.
On April 1, 2007, the CIELO Project in collaboration with the Consular Section of the Embassy of Mexico and the Mexican National Institute of Adult Education officially inaugurated the Plaza Comunitaria or “Community Learning Center” program. This improved the effectiveness of the existing program by having access to the on-line curriculum and resources developed by the Mexican government for use with Mexicans living abroad.
Spanish Literacy Coordinator:
Maria Teresa Rodriguez - Ph.D. in educational pedagogy
In 2011, in the Spanish Literacy program…
- CIELO has established a computer lab with donated computers.
As we continue to upgrade and receive additional donated computers, we are able to send a computer home with students to increase their participation and allow their families to have access to technology.
- In 2011, Plaza Comintaria served 86 students.
- At the Graduation Ceremony held on June 3, 2012, 6 students were recognized for achieving their GED certificate from the state of Washington.
- In the Spanish Literacy program:
5 students passed out of the pre-literacy level.
17 students passed the elementary level.
8 students passed the secondary level.