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Meiry: The YCW transformed me into an activist! PDF Print E-mail

A testimony from Guatemala


altMeiry de León is 26 years old. She works as a teacher at the Cumbre del Guayabo primary school, Chinautla, Guatemala. She has been working for four years under contract agreement. Her temporary contract can be renewed or cut depending on her appraisal results. This means that she cannot gain and retain seniority over the years and the benefits she gets remain the same.

 

Meiry reported that her school encounters quite serious problems with respect to salaries. Besides being too low, they are always paid late. In many cases, she and all other teachers receive their salaries with a three-month delay, or even longer. As far as infrastructure is concerned, her school is far from being a decent school since they do not have the necessary tools in the classroom, e.g. blackboard, chairs, books and desks.

 

Another problem is transportation; she has to travel a long way by public bus, around 2 hours, and there is no compensation from the school.

 

“I have to take my little girl to daycare every morning and run quickly to the bus that will take me to school. I have to pay 4 Quetzals each trip,” Meiry says.

 

She got to know the YCW in an initiation meeting in 2008. Afterwards she participated in several meetings that the YCW organised. At that time, together with other YCW members who were unemployed, she was selling food on the street as an informal job and they were using the money that they earned to get together and to go and apply for jobs.

 

Long story short, Meiry got a job in the education sector and started the YCW process among the teachers. She organises a meeting every weekend, reviewing their lives as teachers in order to understand the concrete reality and plan action.

 

“Now I am a YCW activist thanks to the process with and among the teachers and I take more responsibility accompanying the YCW process in the Pocitos base group. Since I joined the YCW, I have been able to break the chains and to gain more dignity as a woman. Now I also look at life as a protagonist who can bring about changes in society,” Meiry emphasised.

 

Meiry insisted that all teachers should fight for their right to just work. This struggle is not only for salary increase but for a change in the educational infrastructure of the country and in society. The work they do will eventually raise awareness among the education population and will have impact on their community as a whole.

 
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