The Guelaguetza came to Puerto Escondido last week but it had no resemblance to the celebration of Oaxaca culture that takes place every summer in Oaxaca city.
The Puerto event was the Guelaguetza de Lectura, or Reading Guelaguetza, and Puerto Escondido was the first of five stops in the the Coast region.
From 9 a.m. until 2 p.m., the Hermenegildo Galeana Primary School, located in Colonia Aeropuerto, hosted this cultural event, along with reading-writing and robotics workshops, and a science and technology block coordinated by the tech preparatory CBTis 240.
The event also enjoyed the participation of Carlos Antonio Reyes, Alberto Uriel Rivera-Ortega and Hugo Textil Campos, who shared with the students their knowledge with talks on topics like the potential of mathematical intelligence, and learning physics through technology demonstrations.
The invited specialists also discussed the STEAM educational approach, which incorporates the arts into the STEM model (science, technology, engineering, and math).
As this novel implementation of STEM is multidisciplinary and can include visual or performance arts such as dance, design, painting, photography or writing, the Guelaguetza de Lectura was scheduled to take place at the same time as the CBTis Science and Technology Week, as both events seek to empower children and young people in the area with more comprehensive training.
The Guelaguetza campaign intends to visit 24 municipalities throughout the state between October 22 and November 8, and is joined in its itinerary by the Librobús, a bookstore-on-wheels where books can be purchased at low prices.
These two programs are backed by state authorities and non-governmental organizations with the goal of promoting the culture of books and reading among students through recreational activities, presentations, storytelling, music, workshops and a sociocultural program.
With reports by NVI Noticias