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Romina Oviedo is only 11 years old, but many kilometers traveled on foot. This little girl was born in Lutti, a town located in the department Calamuchita, province of Córdoba, which is located in the south-west departmental, near the border with San Luis. It is a village nestled in the middle of the mountains of Cordoba and crossed by the stream of Lutti. From this point in the world, Romina was trying to access a basic right: education.
Romina and her family live in a country house, made of adobe, 15 kilometers from their rural school named after Leopoldo Lugones. With the changes that were experienced by the global pandemic, the girl, along with other students at the school, stopped attending the institution to start taking classes online. However, this situation tested his (and that of his family) to continue studying , as access to education would now be mediated by factors such as the internet and technological devices.
From March 19, Romina walks 3 km uphill to access a little internet signal and get the task that the Lord sends to the boys. Teacher Sandra Suárez is 48 years old and teaches classes in various grades , from initial to sixth year. The quarantine had to be reorganized and engineered to avoid losing contact. Sandra dictates the tasks from her home in La Cruz, 40 kilometers from Lutti, where Romina is located. Virtual classes usually start at 9 in the morning and end around noon.
From that hour, Romina is in the stone desk that was improvised to take classes . With sun or rain , the master student and her mother walked 3 km to access a basic right such as education. The teacher learned about the situation in one of the many classes and asked them permission to share the photo of the little girl on the net. So the story of this student went viral and reached every corner of the province.
The story of commitment and responsibility of the girl, thrilled a group of independent Internet providers who joined, determined to bring the service to her home. It took four days to move the necessary tools, on a four-hour trip, with two gravel routes. Despite all the obstacles, they did not give up. And they were able to give the little girl access to a basic service to learn in times of pandemic: the internet.With the connection at home, Romina studies agilly. “ We are happy with the solidarity of the people, it changed our lives. Now Romi does the homework from the kitchen while I take care of the house,” says Claudia, his mother. A mother who did not have the opportunity to finish her primary education, and who values the right to education as anyone else. A mother, regardless of sacrifice, walked every day so that her daughter could take classes with her master.
With the perseverance and courage of a family that attaches the necessary importance to education, Romi continued to have access to his classes. This history of sacrifice shows us that we do not all have the same opportunities and that sometimes we need the solidarity actions of others to be able to move forward . In addition, it highlights the connectivity gap that thousands of children live in the country , a situation that is very serious since, in times of pandemic, education depends exclusively on the accessibility to the internet and technological devices that families have.
No child should have to sacrifice himself in order to access a basic right. It is not the task of every child, or every family, to access education. It is a task of the State to ensure that networks and institutions reach where their students are.
That's why we applaud Romina and fight so that no other child has to go through the same situation.
Publication Date: 07/11/2020
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