FOCUS ON HUMAN RIGHTS MONTH + 60TH ANNIVERSARY OF CUBAN LITERACY CAMPAIGN
IN MY OWN WORDS 63 minutes directed by Erica Glynn
Raw, heartfelt, sometimes painstaking but often funny, In My Own Words follows the journey of adult Aboriginal students and their teachers as they discover the transformative power of reading and writing for the first time in their lives.
Rita Sacay and Bob Boughton
Rita Sacay joined the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) 2013 to attend graduate school at the College of Education in Curriculum Studies. She coordinated the Writing Partners Program (WPP) at the UIC Writing Center, a first-year peer tutor-writer partnership program and tutored bilingual and monolingual GED students in the UIC Center for Literacy. Rita became an ACE Peer Success Coach in 2018 upon initiation of the program. In August 2020, Rita was recruited to join the UIC Academic Center for Excellence as the Coordinator for the Peer Success Coach Program.
Prior to her experience at UIC, Rita was a public school teacher for 13 years in Highland Park, a North Shore Chicago suburban school district, working as a dual language teacher (Spanish and English) and an ESL resource teacher. Rita has always been a strong advocate for equitable education for underrepresented students with a wide range of ability. Being raised bilingually in a Japanese and Portuguese speaking household and attending English language classes after school has influenced her decision to become a bilingual teacher. Her community-orientated personality has inspired her since she was a teenager in Sāo Paulo, Brazil, when she volunteered as a youth leader. Looking to the future, Rita will continue her community involvement aligned with both students and teachers.
BOB BOUGHTON is an adjunct professor of adult education at the University of New England, a small regional university in New South Wales, Australia. In 2005, Bob began working with a Cuban adult literacy mission using the Cuban model known internationally as Yo, Si Puedo. The program has since expanded, reaching Austrailian first nation communities and effecting over 200,000 people. The campaign in one of these communities, Brewarrina, is the subject of the film, In My Own Words. In addition to papers on the Cuban campaigns in Timor-Leste and Australia, Bob also writes about the relationship between the Cuban international literacy missions and the Freirian tradition of popular education.
First Nations Staff from Brewarrina