Andrés Yépez

Photographer & Anthropologist
    
Education through Whatsapp
Location: Quito, Ecuador
Nationality: Ecuadorian
Biography: Visual storyteller based in Quito, Ecuador. Member of  Fluxus Foto ,  Diversify Photo  and  The Everyday Projects . His work focuses on identity, memory and the relationship between humans and their environment, using... MORE
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Education through Whatsapp
Copyright Andrés Yépez 2022
Updated Jul 2022
Topics Children, Documentary, Education, Essays, Pandemics, Photography, Photojournalism, Portraiture, School/College
Education through WhatsApp is a visual project that aims to make visible the increasing social inequalities regarding access to education in elementary school in Ecuador, its consequences and responses during the COVID 19 emergency.

Most of the children from rural zones in the province of Pichincha, face some specific challenges, including lack of connectivity and economic recessions at home, to continue their studies through tele-education, during this health crisis. Their families have been affected due to the suspension of work activities because of the nationwide quarantine. 
Massive layoffs and business closures have complicated students' access to education due lack of resources. On other hand, quarantine in rural areas is carried out without losing the sense of community they live with, and their confinement is not limited to being inside the house. The countryside is part of their home and unavoidable daily life.

This part of the collective project shows the peculiar dynamics of the quarantine in rural areas, specially in access to education, and keeping in mind that their conditions were precarious even before the pandemic.

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Educación por WhatsApp es un proyecto visual que tiene como objetivo visibilizar las crecientes desigualdades sociales en el acceso a la educación en la escuela primaria en Ecuador, sus consecuencias y respuestas durante la emergencia COVID 19.

La mayoría de los niños de zonas rurales de la provincia de Pichincha, enfrentan algunos desafíos específicos, entre ellos la falta de conectividad y recesiones económicas en el hogar, para continuar sus estudios a través de la tele-educación, durante esta crisis de salud. Sus familias se han visto afectadas por la suspensión de las actividades laborales por la cuarentena a nivel nacional. Los despidos masivos y el cierre de empresas han complicado el acceso de los estudiantes a la educación debido a la falta de recursos.  Por otro lado, la cuarentena en zonas rurales se realiza sin perder el sentido de comunidad con la que conviven, y su confinamiento no se limita a estar dentro de la casa. El campo forma parte de su hogar y de su vida cotidiana ineludible.

Esta parte del proyecto colectivo muestra la peculiar dinámica de la cuarentena en las zonas rurales, especialmente en el acceso a la educación, y teniendo en cuenta que sus condiciones eran precarias incluso antes de la pandemia.
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