La Vida de Mi Mama
Grade #7 La Vida de Mi Mama
(The Life of My Mother )
This oral history project is designed to build a tighter bond between mother and daughter, to enhance the daughter’s appreciation for the educational opportunities available to her, and to strengthen the mother’s resolve to assure that her daughter can complete her education.
Most adult women were not allowed to attend school beyond several years in primary. They often married very young, at 12 – 14, had large families, and, typically, lives of real hardship in a shifting economy which increasingly marginalizes subsistence agriculture. Over the course of the year, as the mother tells her story, the daughter see her own life in the perspective of increased
possibility and commits more fully to continuing school. Each girl creates an elaborate book covering 4 stages of her mother’s life, filled with drawings and photos, which they present to their mother in a final year-end ceremony. Working together on a personal project strengthens the bond between mother and daughter and supports them to work in tandem to keep the girl in school.
In the project evaluation at the end of the 2013 school year, the girls stated that the strength of their relationship with their mother had grown from an average of 5.73 on a scale of 1 to 10 at the start of the project to 9.46 out of 10 at the end of the project. The average amount of change during the school year for each girl was 4.08, which represents a major attitudinal shift, and indicates the project is achieving one of its primary goals.