As the classes unfold, the kids begin to understand what the program is all about and start to create their own vision and opinion on different topics, they have made a lot of progress expressing their ideas and started a blog where they report on the news from the different activities that occur in El Desafío.
Creating a news blog, means that the kids need to be focusing on creating visual content, making questions to other participants and teachers and taking notes about it. Also putting it all together brings up some discussions on what are the priorities in terms of what should go first and what second.
The blog, also allows the opportunity of exploring different leadership roles, such as editor, or head of visual content, that we are still working on to determine the best way to implement it so that every kid has the chance of taking over that responsibility.
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It’s been two months since we started working again on the e-learning program and the results so far have been really interesting. For the first time the kids where challenged to make a presentation on something that they had developed in groups. They had worked on the “music” issue for a month and it was time to show the results. So one group created a video where they featured the importance and relationship between music and soccer, two of their passions. Another group created a blog where they discussed the history of music and the importance it had in each time. And the last group created a podcast based on their interests trying to mix every music style.
For many of the kids this experience meant listening to classical music for the first time and discovering that Beethoven is not just the name of a lovely dog from a movie. It made them realize that lyrics many times tell a story of a community and that videos weren’t always there.
The second topic they are working on is advertising. And although they hadn’t made their presentation yet, they already discovered that every advert has a meaning, and that not everything on tv is real.
We are back from summer holidays and as promised on the last report, I can now share with you how our space looks like after the renovation we did. The space is designed to provide flexibility to our daily activities and to inspire the kids´ creativity.
Besides the renovations during the holiday season we were busy planning the activities for the rest of the year to be fun, inspiring and creative. We also implemented a custom- made information system that allow us to easily track the results of our activities, and the participants’ development.
For this 2014 we have signed in 108 kids in our activities and we still have some more open spots to fill.
This year at the E-learning program the main objective will be to develop the kids critical thinking as they use new media and digital tools. They started the year working in groups investigating about music, and created a blog, a video and a podcast as a result of their investigation during a month. During april they will be focusing in the advertising world.
As we reached the end of 2013, we had our annual event where we shared inspiring stories about the year that was ending, and our plans for the future, where nearly 450 people assisted and the kids from e-learning had a stand where they showed the assistants their blog and talked about their experience on the program. Check out some pictures in this link http://www.flickr.com/photos/eldesafio/sets/72157638551312154/ and the blogs on the following links: www.pibespiolas.tumblr.com www.muchosdesafios.bogspot.com
Now, 2014 had arrived and the kids enjoying the long summer holidays down here, in the meantime, our team is putting a lot of new ideas into paper so that when kids come back we can wow them once again. With that spirit we are making a big renovation for our space that will be kept as a secret for now so that we don’t spoil the surprise. I promise to show you pictures as we put it in place. The other big new project is a new mentoring program that will be available for all the participants and for that we are bringing an expert from the US to Argentina to help us develop the program and train our team to become the best mentors possible.
Our last quarter has been full of challenges. We had to say goodbye to our program coordinator since he is moving abroad seeking for new adventures, and of course the children were sad to see him go. But as always someone new comes full of new energy and enthusiasm. Our new program coordinator brought new ideas and inspired the kids to innovate and go beyond their limits. The result was a blog in where all children create, edit and produce content about their reality and their social issues. To do that they had to become 'reporters' covering other events organized by their peers in other programs. Was very fun to see how they built stories, interview their classmates and took pictures in order to make things 'news-worthy'.
Meanwhile in the US, our program director Luz Amuchastegui took part of the Global Mentoring program of the US Government for Emerging women leading for development (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7IHXop_mie4&feature=youtu.be). During her participation on the program she had the chance to improve her skills and plan some new strategies for the future, and even meeting Oprah and tell our story.
Thanks to your support we could have another quarter of quality activities and we are able to look to the future with more challenges and dreams!All the best to you and looking forward to our next contact.
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