Taller Pre-Textos | USAID Paraguay
Our work in Paraguay continues! El Insituto Desarrollo, based in Asunción, Paraguay, with the technical and financial support of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), continues workshops for learning the Pre-Texts Methodology. Workshops led by Doris Sommer are being conducted through early March. Stay up to date and see more info here.
Pre-Texts in Nairobi
“This month has been an eventful one for our Kenya team. We are gearing up for two projects in Kenya this year. In the first project, we are training recent high-school graduates as Pre-Texts facilitators. These facilitators will be assigned to three high-schools in Kibera—a large urban slum where nearly 300,000 people live in an area the size of Central Park. In our second project, we are collaborating with a renowned Kenyan Doctor, Prof. David Ndetei, on a project to gauge the public health outcomes of Pre-Texts on local communities in Kenya. In the coming months, we look forward to updating you on our progress.”
-Tom Osborn, Africa Regional Director
See our website to stay tuned for updates.
Updates from Thinkseries, China
Think Series, Creative Writing Competition
The 2019-2020 Creative Writing Competition was organized by the People’s Literature Publishing House in December 2020 in Shanghai, China. Eight students from Grades 3 to 5 from NACIS in Shanghai won the first prizes and 2 awards of excellence.
Think Series, Language Out Loud Competition
There will be a Language Out Loud competition as a part of Think Series this February in Hong Kong. The competition will recruit 20-30 schools to read classic stories and extend to writing and artistic expressions. Part of the semester-long competition also includes a Teacher Training workshop in Pre-Texts, which will run from February 21-27.
See here for competition details: http://thinkseries.hk/site/2021/
Digital, International Pre-Texts
Our team at Cultural Agents has been facilitating two separate workshops over January and February.
Tom Osborn’s workshop has participants from our international partners in Kenya, India, Brazil, and beyond. Certain participants will be going on to work with the Kenya team on their new projects.
Abby Miranker and Camila García Melado are facilitating a workshop with participants in over six countries, many of whom are representing host organizations for our pilot internship program.
Women Leading Change
A group of women from Cañada Real who participated in Pretexts Workshops in 2018 lead the citizen movement for the fight for improvements in living conditions in Cañada Real Galiana, a neighborhood in Madrid with more than 8,000 people and which constitutes the largest irregular settlement no basic services from Europe.
See articles in the Guardian and the New York Times to learn more about what is happening with housing rights in Cañada Real.