Teachers overcome obstacles to help students in need

Yahaira Elena Ek Sosa and Karla Maribel Ek Sosa insside "escuelita móvil.” Photo: File
Yahaira Elena Ek Sosa and Karla Maribel Ek Sosa inside “escuelita móvil.” Photo: File

Teachers in Yucatan have launched a rural mobile school project to bring education to needy students.

The program is run by a pair of teachers, Yahaira Elena Ek Sosa and Karla Maribel Ek Sosa, who belong to a national program called “Somos el cambio,” or, “We Are the Change.”

Currently, the “escuelita móvil” initiative is being run out of a modified mototaxi — a motorized rickshaw — and serves students in the communities of Tekax, Akil, Ticul and Peto. However, educators in other communities have expressed an interest in joining the project. 

The teachers are concentrating on helping students who for one reason or another have fallen behind in their studies.

“We feel extremely honored and thankful for all the displays of good will we have received. But the main thing is that we need to make sure that all of Yucatán’s students have access to education, regardless of their families finances, especially now that we are suffering the effects of the pandemic,” said teacher, Yahaira Ek.

Users on social media have celebrated the teachers — who are also sisters — for their tireless work on behalf of the children of the state. For its part, Yucatán’s Rotary Club has donated learning materials and books to aid the teachers in their laudable work. 

The teachers are concentrating on helping students who for one reason or another have fallen behind in their studies.

Carlos Rosado van der Gracht

Born in Mérida, Carlos Rosado van der Gracht is a Mexican/Canadian blogger, photographer and adventure expedition leader. He holds degrees in multimedia, philosophy and translation from universities in Mexico, Canada and Norway.