Last March we kicked off the activities in our new space. We rented a warehouse located between the two neighborhoods we are working with and turning it into 190sqm of happiness and social innovation. Currently we are renovating our place, so it’s still a bit empty, but the children are back and fill the space with laughter. They really love it and it already feels like a second home.
Besides our home, we have been renovating the programs. A key element for (social) innovation is to always be open to change and being critical to your own work is essential. Not that we made too many mistakes in the past; change is something natural, especially in the work we do. It all comes down to giving the community a bigger voice and more responsibility. It also means including committed volunteers in our programs to cut costs, be more effective, make connections between people from different background and generate a bigger social impact.
In the case of ‘E-learning’ this means that we have new volunteer helping our professor Julieta. The e-learning program is a quite challenging program, because there are big differences in digital knowledge and basic skills like reading and writing. For example, some younger kids are more ‘digital native’ than older, but lack the skills to read or write, and in the older group there are big differences in digital knowledge. We are increasingly focusing on making the children ‘media wise’. The media landscape in Argentina is still dominated by television, but increasingly social media networks like Facebook are gaining importance. We want the children to understand that what is said or written in the media is not necessarily the truth. To develop a critical view is the ultimate goal. The internet is often still seen as something that can harm kids, and we definitely work on these possible dangers, but it offers more possibilities to get different viewpoints on what a centralized medium like television claims as the Truth. The first stage of the program consists of getting to know better the media knowledge of the children and explaining them the basics of communication. We did not even use the computer yet – not only because we are currently renovating the e-learning room.
Thanks so much for your generous donations. 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. You are really making the difference!
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