Parsons / The New School

BFA Communication Design

Thesis 2016–17

Rosaurora Cardenas
TOSOMA

Today in Mexico, the education gap is widening. This issue is due to a number of factors that provoke the educational system to be beneficial for some while leaving behind millions of Mexicans in the battlefield without any tools. Mexico is one of the highest-spending countries when it comes to its educational system, but this does not equate to its extremely low levels of education. According to the documentary “De Panzazo” at this rate, it will take Mexico 327 years to catch up with the educational levels in the rest of the world. While we cannot reconstruct the entire educational system, we can build something small by provoking other learning habits. TOSOMA (Todos somos Maestros / We are all teachers) is my small change for Mexico’s educational issue. TOSOMA, is a new way of learning where everyone is involved, regardless of age: peer learning. Anyone has the capacity to teach and there is something really natural and interesting in a learning environment with different ages. TOSOMA gives you the directions to start a new community of learning, in which the only requirements are to contribute abilities, knowledge, and experiences. It could be something complex as the process of surgery or even as simple as how to bake a cake. The important thing is not what you teach but how it is shared between different ages, the naturalness in which it shapes, the habits that are created, and the community that is built.

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Parsons / The New School

BFA Communication Design
Thesis 2016–17