We just finished our two weeks winter holidays in Argentina, bust since our last report many things have been going on.
So far the experience of working with girls and boys separately have shown it’s benefits. Through social media, watching on line videos and gaming experiences, the girls see the e-learning workshop as a safe environment to talk about difficult topics such as gender violence, sexual behavior, and how to prevent diseases. Another topic that is permanently analyzed are role models, who are they and what makes them worth imitating.
During this period the boys have been focusing on civic participation and on how their actions have impact on others. They’ve been investigating specifically about traffic rules and recycling, and playing with this subjects in different simulation games.
As I have mentioned on previous reports, you are more than welcome to visit us if you are traveling through Argentina and see with your own eyes what you are making possible with your support. We are very grateful for your help.
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Great period we just finished. Many children signed in for the 2013 project and they are making incredible progress. We decided to split the groups based on gender, in order to tackle some issues in a more convenient environment. With the girls specifically, we are aiming to give them the space and a safe environment in where they can talk of their private issues comfortable. Thanks to the Elearning program many topics showed up and talked in the workshops: gender violence, discrimination, sexual behaviour, health, role models, etc. All these topics were triggered by gaming experiences, watching videos in the social media and interacting with technology. It was amazing to see how the girls could express their issues and develop and sense of community and group support around them.Boys in the other hand, were focus in working other topics like civic participation (using Simcity as a tool), realizing about the impact of own actions in others.Meanwhile, we added 8 laptops to our equipment, and Microsoft and Techsoup donated to us all the licenses for the latest software available in the market. Also, the renewal of our space made great progress and we keep on moving to have the perfect place where children can be properly stimulated and unleash their creativity. Thanks to your generous donation we keep in the road of excellence and development, and we will keep on growing with your help and others. Please help us to spread our story, it's a great way to support us. Also join our Facebook fanpage in where we share day to day information please.Thanks a lot again, till next report!
After holiday season in Argentina (December and January) and well deserved resting period, children and staff are ready to kick off 2013 official activities. But before telling you the renewed plans, a quick update on what happened in the last months.The children finished their radio project, in which they created podcasts and shared it with their peers. The experience was very interesting to understand the process of making a radio show: thinking about the content, looking for information, become an expert on the issue, making good questions about the theme and finally communicating it. The children became a true team thinking of their skills, who was better for doing what, etc. The result was great, with deep programs in where they talked about their reality, crime, drugs, etc.Late November we had our yearly presentation in Rosario, Argentina, in where we put together some speakers of our staff, show of the children and volunteers in order to connect with the local public and inspire them to join in our cause. It was a great way to finish the year, nearly 340 people came that day and joined as volunteers or social investors (becoming recurring donors). 2013 is full of new projects: we are renewing our space, adding more equipment to our Elearning program, more children and new objectives too. One decision our team took was to split the teenagers group by gender, that way we will be able to address specific issues for girls or boys in a more comfortable environment.Thanks to your support we are able to keep on growing every year and children are developing in a healthy environment; avoiding truancy, criminality, early pregnancy and becoming owners of their own destiny. Let's keep on writing together then!
We are almost finishing the year and by this time we have some interesting news on regards the e-learning program. First of all, we added a new professor to work together with Julieta, he is called Lucas and has a lot of knowledge on new media and technology. As for the program itself, the kids are divided into two different groups according to their age, and therefore the activities delivered on each group are quite different. For the youngest kids (7/10 years) it’s all about playing with the computer, and on the way, learning about the different parts of the computer, how to handle the mouse and the location of the letters on the keyboard. Meanwhile, they are also learning the ABC, mathematics, and how to read and write easily.
The “older” kids (11/14 years) have been working on developing a critical view on media, and they been doing that by analyzing news on different media and creating their own radio show. They’ve also been playing SIMCITY - a game that consists on creating your own virtual city- and that creation implied decision making on what is important for each one of them and the consequences on the rest of the society among other learnings. By playing this game, we were able to develop skills and values such as leadership, planning and communication.
As we mentioned in previous reports, when visiting Argentina you are more than welcome to visit our programs and see with your own eyes what you are making possible. We are very grateful for your help.
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In this update about the e-learning program I can’t tell you too many new things about the content of the program itself; it is going very well. Our professor Julieta got assistance from a very dedicated young volunteer – and digital native – Agustin, who is giving her a hand with the latest tech news. Once a week he shares the funniest YouTube videos with the children which made him already a very popular ‘profe’.
As I mentioned in the last update, we rented a new space; a warehouse located between the two neighborhoods we are working with and we are turning it into 190sqm of happiness and social innovation. The computer room is almost finished and we got the final design plans for the rest of the place. I included some pictures.
We have been investing a lot in renewing our programs and communication over the last period. It cost a lot of our resources while we were growing rapidly which lead to a period of financial challenges. Your generous donations helped us a lot. Fortunately our investments are really paying off and we are getting more and more social investors in Argentina. Besides that, last week the US embassy let us know they will support our programs, which is amazing news. This month we are organizing our first big fundraising dinner in Rosario, and we expect 100 people to tell them about our activities, network and fund raise by auctioning art from great local artists. If you have other fundraising ideas, please let me know.
As I mentioned in my previous report, when visiting Argentina you are more than welcome to visit our programs and see with your own eyes what you are making possible. We are very grateful for your help.
For questions, remarks and ideas, please contact me on Facebook, Twitter or via mail:email@example.com. You can sign up for our renewed newsletter by clicking here. And of course ‘like’ El Desafío on Facebook. Thanks!
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