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Introducing myself and my journal: Bibliotecas + Tecnologías = Desarrollo

Taller de formación a formadores con discapacidad auditiva

About Me:
Mujer de 34 años sobreviviente a las preguntas: ¿ya te casaste?, ¿Cuantos hijos tienes? a lo que solo puedo sonreír, porque no tengo respuestas o si las tengo, pero prefiero ser educada y mas cuando las preguntas van a acompañadas con frases como: "la va a dejar el tren" "la soledad es horrible" "quien va a cuidar tu vejez". Mientras otros se preocupan por cosas que ni yo me he preguntado o cuestionado me dedico a lo que me hace feliz y es mi columna vertebral, el trabajo y ser feliz.

Soy profesional en Planeación y Desarrollo Social, apasionada por el trabajo comunitario, el cual me ha permitido conocer muchas regiones de mi país, trabajar con equipos multidisciplinarios y diversos grupos poblacionales, entre ellos comunidades afro, indígenas, madres cabeza de familia, agricultores,mineros, jóvenes, personas en procesos de reintegración, afectados por tomas guerrilleras y personas con discapacidad.

Desde hace 7 años trabajo en temas de tecnológicas en espacios de acceso publico, como Telecentros y bibliotecas. Tomando mas fuerza los espacios de las Bibliotecas ya que se han transformado y son lugares para el desarrollo,un mundo mágico donde he podido aprender, crear, hacer y ser.

Las bibliotecas se han convertido en mi pasión tanto como profesional, como persona, en ellas encuentro muchas oportunidades para generar cohesión grupal, realizar procesos comunitarios y generar desarrollo local. Las tecnologías han sido la gran herramienta para llegar a diversos grupos poblacionales y trabajar temas de desarrollo personal, familiar, comunitario,económico, académico y recreativo.

De las actividades que mas disfruto es realizar procesos de capacitación, porque siempre transmito emociones,mas allá de conocimientos y todo lo que aprendo, busco su aplicabilidad en el mundo de bibliotecas y desde hace 3 años he asumido el compromiso para que la información y el acceso a la tecnología sea incluyente y por eso he realizado adaptaciones de metodologías para que personas con discapacidad visual, auditiva y física puedan ser beneficiadas de las capacitaciones que desarrollo, en este aprendizaje, ya que no soy experta en temas de discapacidad y en la búsqueda de hacer lo mejor posible he formado como facilitadores tecnológicas, 4 personas con discapacidad, lo cual ha sido un gran acierto porque entre pares el procesos de aprendizaje es mucho mas fácil, hay valor agregado y se convierten en ejemplo de superación para las personas que participan de los cursos en las bibliotecas o centros de acceso TIC donde llevamos a cabo las capacitaciones.

El reto esta en aprender sobre discapacidad cognitiva, he realizado algunas actividades, pero considero que para ofrecer procesos de calidad se requiere conocimientos y metodologías diferentes.

My Passions:
El trabajo comunitario, la cocina, los viajes, sonreír, conocer culturas y organizar actividades donde la gente este feliz, bailar salsa, el pacifico colombiano, los amigos y la familia

My Challenges:
Aprender sobre discapacidad cognitiva, mejorar mi comunicación a través del lenguaje de señas, aprender inglés, estudiar un máster en economía creativa, hacer trabajo voluntario en África

My Vision for the Future:
Hacer las cosas con pasión, para que siempre queden bien hechas porque es lo que va a quedar a las nuevas generaciones.

My Areas of Expertise:
Trabajo social, comunitario, bibliotecas innovadoras, tecnologías para el desarrollo, fortalecimiento de grupos humanos, metodologías ludicas para talleres, encuentros y procesos de formación

As a 34 year-old woman, I am always asked the same 2 questions: “Are you married yet?” and “How many children have you got?” to which I can only smile because I don’t have the answers or rather, I do have the answers but I’d rather be polite, especially when the questions are followed up with comments like “you’ll miss the boat” or “loneliness is horrible” or “who is going to look after you in your old age?”. Whilst others are worried about such things, I have never questioned it and instead, I dedicate myself to what makes me smile: my heart, my work and being happy.

I work in the field of Social Planning and Development and I love community work, something which has allowed me to travel and get to know different parts of my country, work in a variety of multitalented teams from a wide range of backgrounds such as afro-descendant communities, indigenous people, single mothers, farmers, miners, young people, former criminals who are being reintegrated into society, those affected by guerrilla warfare and handicapped people.
I have been working in the technology industry for the past 7 years, more specifically in the area of public access to technology such as telecentres and libraries. Library space is becoming increasingly important: libraries have transformed and are now places for development, a magical world in which I personally have been able to learn, create, do and live.

Libraries have fast become both a professional and personal passion of mine. It is in libraries that I find a host of opportunities to create group cohesion, to overcome community challenges and to boost local development. Technology has been the key tool in these changes and it has helped reach out to a variety of different groups, as well as helped with personal, community, economic, academic and recreational development.

The part of my work which I most enjoy is the carrying out of training processes because, aside from the knowledge and ideas exchanged, they always involve a lot of shared emotions. As a result, I am looking for ways to incorporate them into the world of libraries and for 3 years, I have committed myself to ensuring that information and access to technology are inclusive and available to all. It’s for this reason that I have adapted learning and teaching methods so that the visually, hearing and physically impaired can benefit from the training offered. It has been a learning curve for me as I am no disability specialist; whilst trying to find the best possible method of teaching,

I have trained 4 disabled people as technological facilitators. This was a huge success because learning in pairs made the learning process much faster, gave it an added value and they now act as an example to those who are currently taking similar courses in the libraries or ICT access centres where we conduct our training.

I believe that the main challenge lies in learning about cognitive disabilities because, in order to offer high quality education to those in need, we need the knowledge and understanding as well as a variety of different and adaptable methods.

My passions: community work, cooking, travelling, salsa, smiling, getting to know new cultures, organizing activities which make people be happy, the Colombian Pacific, friends and family.

My goals: to learn about cognitive disability and cultural development, to improve my communication skills through sign language, to learn English, to get a Master’s in creative economics and I would love to do voluntary work in Africa.

My vision and hope for the future: to do everything with passion so that what we leave behind for future generations is done to the highest possible standard.

My areas of expertise: social and community work; innovative libraries; ICT for development; strengthening of human groups, methods in workshops and training processes.

This story was written for World Pulse’s Women Weave the Web Digital Action Campaign. Learn more »

Trabajo en el Chocó
Mujeres mineras aprendido a usar la tecnología
Panel sobre innovación en centros de acceso TIC
Diplomas incluyentes
Procesos de alfabetización digital con religiosas

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kellyannaustin's picture

Women Weave the Web Campaign

Andrea,

[Si prefieres que te escriba en castellano, puedo. O puedes tambien utilizar Google translate...o quizas ya entiendas perfectamente bien el ingles! Estoy respondiendo a tu deseo de aprender el ingles, asumiendo que todavia no lo hablas. :) ]

What interesting work you do! I hope you will find more people on World Pulse to counteract some of those negative voices you are hearing. You are on your own unique life path and you are daily headed toward its fulfillment! What a thing to celebrate!

I was so happy to read about your interest in Telecentres and libraries that are bridging the digital divide. I wonder if you would be willing to compose a piece about digital issues for our Women Weave the Web Campaign? I'd love to hear your thoughts about how technology affects your life and the lives of women around you. And your expertise in disabilities or your concern with community development would be fruitful subjects to explore! What is the relation You can find out more information about the campaign here, http://worldpulse.com/campaigns/www/how-to-participate It would be fabulous to have your voice join others as we think through issues around digital access in all its complexity.

By participating, you will be joining a global community of women speaking out on the importance of digital inclusion and empowerment for women. Your voice will be delivered to powerful decision makers such as government officials, leaders in the technology industry, and policy makers at international organizations. In addition to influencing global agendas, your submission to the campaign will open the door to incredible opportunities such as:

· Being selected to represent World Pulse at influential international forums. This is your chance to meet key players and make your voice count!

· Connecting and building relationships with grassroots women leaders around the world. Be part of a community of thousands of women speaking out on this issue!

· Exploring and sharing resources for your work on our Campaign Resources page. Find support for your initiatives from funding to volunteers and supporters!

· Getting your voice heard on a global scale! World Pulse will analyze and collate your stories to deliver recommendations to influencers and decision makers on a global scale.

· Getting visibility and support for your work. Your story could be featured on our site, included in an e-magazine, or even published by well-known media outlets!

And the 2014 Lynn Syms Prize will be awarded to an outstanding grassroots woman and visionary voice using digital tools to effect change and advance her community work. The prize will include a $20,000 monetary prize to be paid out over two years to support her community based work, a feature profile on WorldPulse.com, and an all-expense paid trip to speak her message in New York City. You can find more on the website, http://worldpulse.com/campaigns/www/www-women-weave-the-web-campaign-prizes

The deadline is March 31st!

Wishing you peace,

Kelly

andrea.rojas's picture

thank

I´m happy with your email and I thank you for help with my english, it´s very difficult for me, but I make a great effort so someday I would be able to speak and write in English

Uffff esta frase sin usar traductor ya me dejo agotada jajajajajaja

si, ya hice mi convocatoria, lo pase a mi compañera de comunicaciones para que me de su opinión, para asegurar que sea un mensaje claro y contundente, para aportar y pues a nadie le cae mal un dinero adicional para seguir haciendo los proyectos ;)

Tengo una duda, esta postulación la puedo dejar en español o ustedes consideran que puede tener mayor impacto si la hacemos en inglés, pediría ayuda de mis compañeros jajajajaj

Un abrazo y saludos desde Medellín

Twitter @Cartagenaandrea
Instragram @rojascartagena

LeanaM's picture

En cualquier idioma!

Hola Andrea! Puedes escribir en cualquier idioma. Nosotros tenemos traductores que ayudaran a traducir los posteos! Eso sí, cuando llegue el momento de llenar el formulario de postulacion (en junio), ese tendrá que ser en inglés.

Acuerdate que deberían escribir algo antes del 31 (lunes) de este mes y pueden escribir más de una vez! Y te motivo también a no solo escribir de tu biblioteca, pero de tus experiencias con las TIC tambien! Y bueno, a invitar a las mujeres de tu bilbioteca a participar también!

Leana Mayzlina
Jefa de Campañas, World Pulse

kellyannaustin's picture

Me alegra que Leana ya te

Me alegra que Leana ya te contacara con una respuesta a tu pregunta! Espero que participes en la compaña, si no ya lo hayas hecho!

Saludos,

Kelly

Bienvenu à WOLRD PULSE j'espère que vous apprécierer faire partie de cette communauté des femmes de beaucoup de pays à travers le monde. Nous pouvons trouver des solutions pour mettre fin à la violence faite aux femmes et à faire un monde de paix et sécurité pour nos familles de notre génération présente mais aussi et surtout celle futur. Nous entendons votre voix sur les histoier de votre vie.
A bientôt

arianemoza

What a wonderful story! I do apologize as I do not speak Spanish. I understand what work you are doing and how important it is in people's lives. I commend you for working with people with hearing or other disabilities and including them. I imagine they are often overlooked but there are so many ways that they can use technology now and have so much to contribute. I support libraries and believe that they are places that offer a community so much more than a place to read. Please continue your activism and update World Pulse on your progress!

Amy
@amyinstl

andrea.rojas's picture

Hello Amy Thank very much for

Hello Amy

Thank very much for you comment. My work is my greatest passion..

It´s a wonderful work because it tracks people's progress and it shows that ICTs actually do help in the development of people with disabilities.

Wow, this exercise writing in english is very good for me but very dificult!

Can i write about other successful experiences in libraries? I thought that we could only write about one experience but i've got other stories of activities in libraries; it's a pleasure for me to share about my job

Twitter @Cartagenaandrea
Instragram @rojascartagena

LeanaM's picture

Anything you want to write...

Andrea, you can write about anything you want on World Pulse...there are all kinds of topics, interests, and themes that our community is interested in!

If you want to write specifically for our current campaign though, that should be about ICT/TICs or the Internet.

Saludos!

Tam's picture

Beautiful Leader

Dear Andrea,

My voice joins with the others here to say how inspiring your work is. What you have developed is life changing for those who now have access to computers and loving support thanks to your leadership. Not only have you found ways to include so many people with different disabilities, but here is also such a hopeful and beautiful sense of continued expansion in all that you and your team are doing. You offer us all a remarkable model of how to accomplish great movement forward by working closely and joyfully together.

You also bravely touch on a subject not spoken of often enough, that of women who choose to dedicate our lives to our work for social change, including choosing not to have children or even necessarily to marry. I do not take this choice lightly, myself, very aware that it is a freedom of choice that few women have. Yet to choose it we still face prejudices. Stay strong, Sister and know that you are not alone, and that we need you, exactly how you are!

With Love,

Tam

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