Fundacion Escuela Nueva Volvamos a la Gente

Our mission is to improve the coverage, quality, efficiency and sustainability of rural and urban basic education, focusing primarily on developing countries, through the implementation of the Escuela Nueva model and with the support of private and public partnerships.
Nov 26, 2013

Now is the Time to Give

If your education has been an important asset to open opportunities in your life, we encourage you to give back through this project so that 134 students from rural Colombia can have the same opportunities that you had! With the Thanksgiving holiday in the U.S. right around the corner, we can’t imagine a better way to give thanks and give back!

A school in the coffee growing region of Colombia is lacking quality learning materials for its 6th and 7th grade students. With a little more of your help donating and spreading the word, we will be able to provide all 134 students with updated learning materials in 6 subject areas (Language, Science, Social Studies, Math, Human Values and Technology), as well as adequately train the school teachers in a collaborative learning approach centered around the learner. 

In other words, with a little more of your help, we can transform this school into an Escuela Nueva school. In these schools, children sit and work in small groups, grouped by grade level. When you enter a classroom, you immediately see it is quite different from a conventional one and you instantly shift your attention towards the children and what they are doing. Some are working on their assignments or discussing in groups. You hear the buzz and hum of work getting doing and learning taking place. Each one seems to know exactly what he/she are doing and is focused.

If you ask them what they are doing they explain very eloquently and confidently and, most importantly, they explain to you how they are learning. They know they are learning through observation, reflection, working individually and then in groups, they receive feedback from their teacher, share their work with others, and advance in their learning at their own pace. In this school the teacher is really doing the right role. She is a facilitator and guide instead of a lecturer and transmitter of facts. This is the real role of the teacher. 

In an Escuela Nueva school students collaborate, participate, dialogue, interact, exchange. It is a school that fosters self- paced and cooperative learning where learners develop social and emotional skills such as learning to learn, lead processes, the ability to plan, but specially work in teams! Children are organized in a Student Government and have Committees where they learn to participate and have genuine responsibilities. The student government promotes the involvement and leadership of both girls and boys in equal footing. 

We believe this kind of approach yields quality education and learning for life. But we need your help and generosity to bring about this transformation in this urban-marginal Colombian school. So far, with the funds raised, we have not been able to fully fund the materials for all students, only for a small percentage of the 6th grade, and we find important to also train the teachers.

Please help us by donating or spreading the word on this project that believes that with adequate learning materials and training of teachers, all children can learn, increasing their life chances and opportunities! 

Sep 3, 2013

Help us improve childrens life chances!

Students working with learning guides
Students working with learning guides

A school in the coffee growing town of Armenia, Colombia is lacking quality learning materials for 6th and 7th grade students. With a little more of your help donating and/or spreading the word, we will be able to provide all 134 students with updated Escuela Nueva learning guides in 6 subject areas (Language, Science, Social Studies, Math, Human Values and Technology), as well as train the school teachers in the Escuela Nueva methodology, which transforms their role from transmitters of facts to facilitators of learning and advisers of children. 

These learning guides are "dialoguing" texts that encourage active, participatory and cooperative learning and enable students to advance from one grade level to another, completing units at their own pace. With these materials, students learn in small groups, thus, are permanently dialoguing and interacting. This way of working allows the management of handling diversity: in age, grade, gender and culture; as well as practicing tolerant, civic and democratic behaviors.

In addition to delivering standard academic content in the 6 subject areas, these Escuela Nueva learning materials develop throughout the curriculum skills in entrepreneurship, leadership and 21st century skills (following instructions, learning to learn, leading tasks, meeting deadlines, taking initiative, working in teams, thinking critically, and synthesizing information.)

So far, with the funds raised, we have not been able to fully fund the materials for all students, only for a small percentage of the 6th grade. Please help us by donating or spreading the word on this concrete project that believes that adequate learning materials and training of teachers all children can learn, increasing their life chances and opportunities! 

Happy children
Happy children
Children with their teacher
Children with their teacher

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Jun 12, 2013

Final Report

We inform that there have been no donations received within this project hence we were not able to realize the project or parts of it.

The project in the school in Zipacón aimed at providing Learning material for 70 students. The Learning Material is proven to help children to improve not only their academic results but also to develop civic and democratic values. The pedagogy Escuela Nueva has been adapted to the new challenges of the 21st century, including subjects of entrepreneurial and social skills. The projects of Escuela Nueva don't only concentrate on the Learning Material but also on the important part of Teacher Training, which shows the teachers how to use and teach the contents of the Learning Guides.