In many communities of Zacatecas, violence, lack of proper education, poverty and hunger are some of the most alarming experiences that we hear from in the testimonies of the youngsters.
We can learn a lot from the frequently unseen young adults that are used to walk, to travel kilometers to get to the nearest school since they were kids. While some young adults in our country remain in comfort, thanking for their fortune, others go and fight against the odds.
In 2010 the School of Psychology (Unidad Académica de Psicología) of the main public university in the state (Universidad Autónoma de Zacatecas) arrived to Juan Aldama (a small city on the north-western side of the state). According to the life stories that students from the sixth semester have written for a class, their perspective of social life and human being has broadened considerably since they started studying in our campus. Teachers are learning a great deal from them too. Hopefully, this is just the beginning.
I would like to thank my students and all who have made it possible for us to learn from them.
Images don't talk, but just like words, they can help us see beyond the obvious.
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Omar Espinosa Cisneros
Juan Aldama's Campus of Universidad Autónoma de Zacatecas