Education is the best opportunity for the world to become a better, healthier, and [more] peaceful place to live. As a local scientist and advocate for education, I can see the great educational opportunity that CSU brings to the local community of Todos Santos region and the State of Baja California Sur (BCS).
The role of CSU Todos Santos Center as a hub for education, cultural exchange and community engagement is unique. This blend is leading to different opportunities and possibilities that benefit both the local and regional communities of BCS and the CSU community.
CSU Todos Santos Center lives a continuous process of learning and understanding the social, economic, environmental and cultural realities of the local communities; an initial effort was a participatory-based community assessment conducted last summer to listen and learn about the priorities from the community of Todos Santos region. We learned that the top community priorities (in no specific order of priority) are youth engagement, language classes (English and Spanish), education system, valuing the environment, water, waste management, proposed mines, public health, sustainable development, business training and alternative models. (The full report of this research can be found online here.)
The findings of the Todos Santos community assessment are of great value and have been very helpful for the CSU community to focus and orient ongoing and future educational programs and research projects towards addressing those needs. Most importantly, we have engaged directly with members of the local and regional communities, including educators, researchers, government officials, civilians and non-profits to co-create and collaborate in diverse activities and initiatives that aim to fulfill the CSU vision of thriving communities through collaboration.
The invitation is for you to make the educational opportunity that CSU Todos Santos Center represents a reality of significant learning experience, as it has been to me during this last year of collaboration with the Center.
- Aines Castro-Prieto, PhD., Local Partner and Research Associate