On January 18 and 19, in Mexico City , there was a meeting aimed at teachers in charge of implementing the program in the various institutions of EDUCA´s Network, with the aim of disseminating and integrating the objectives of the periods as well as the use and handling of materials working with children, the dances of tai chi, work manuals and simulators.
Currently the program is in Phase III: The age group for this phase should be six to seven. Our objective is to integrate empathy and compassion in a real framework in the child’s mind. This means that it allows the child to experience how he or she can apply empathy and compassion in real life. It is at this stage that we instil the roots for wisdom. The main materials used for this Phase are through Projects and Simulators. Projects aim at creating the necessary conditions where the child can practice his inter-subjective skills. On the other hand, Simulators create a virtual reality in the classroom where the child together with his or her other classmates will be pushed to the limits of ecological, social and ideological ethical dilemmas.
Dearest friends and donors,
Here at EDUCA we want to share our profound appreciation for the donations that have kept this project running and these children in school. We thank and recognize the effort each and every one of our donators has made; thanks to all of you we are almost reaching our goal of $41,000 USD.
At this point in the “Ethics, Empathy, and Wisdom” program our first cohort of teachers has attended and completed the training required to launch off our third phase of the program, at the end of September. Using as a base the core concepts taught to our kids during the first two phases, which include the ability to become a self-observer and develop loving kindness, we will begin phase three. Phase three has as its objective to teach the children how to integrate this newly learned concept of loving kindness into their everyday experiences.
One strategy used to get these lessons through to the kids is to create spaces in which the child is able to apply the attitudes and abilities being taught in the classroom. For example, during training teachers practiced using an ecological simulator in which the kids are given an imaginative ecosystem, which they must inhabit for 30 virtual years. They are given specific conditions, they must coexist and protect Mother Nature, and at the end of the 30 years they must return the ecosystem as close to the conditions that it was given to them. During this exercise every day or session is the equivalent to five virtual years. The children in this program are evidently learning and practicing social and environmental responsibility, lessons that are in much need in our ever-changing society in which environmental degradation and consumer individualism pervade human action.
Your support is what makes this early education program possible for these children, help us raise the remaining $5,199 USD so that we can begin to implement this amazing program in more marginalized schools throughout Mexico.
We greatly appreciate your support!
First and foremost, we would like to express our continued feelings of gratitude towards everyone who has supported this project. Your donations continue to make a significant impact on the lives of children who would otherwise not have access to the wonderful learning environment and resources that are provided by our “Ethics, Empathy, and Wisdom” program. Your donations continue to allow schools like SEDAC to not only provide basic necessities for these at-risk children such as breakfast, psychological services, and school supplies, but to also equip them with skills that will make them well-rounded conscientious adults.
As we hear back from teachers in our SEDAC pre-school, it becomes evident that the seeds of change each one of you has helped us plant within each child through our early education program is coming to fruition. Teachers have noted a significant change in the attitudes, concentration levels, meditation and tai-chi skills of their students. The gap between home and school environments has also seen a decrease as parents have become more involved in their children´s schooling and partake in the lessons taught through the program. Home has become a space in which children teach their parents the lessons learned in school, improving communication and understanding within the home. What follows is a teacher’s testimony about a student,
“One of my most notable successes was that of Elian Alan, who during the past two parts of the program had not been able to achieve focused attention and concentration during meditation, and who during active participation demonstrated very little if any desires to participate. The child also had little continuity between lessons and his mother was not very supportive, which only influenced his lack of interest in the class. However, by the end of part two we were able to talk to his mother about the importance of her support in the home and surprisingly we were able during this period to get Elian Alan to integrate himself into the activities and even more, complete his meditations and visualizations with a pleasant attitude, this I say due to the smile I observed.”
-Andrea De Leon Diaz
These are some of the results of the first phases of the early education program “Ethics, Empathy, and Wisdom”. Our teachers now find themselves in phase II, part six of the program. During this phase of the program they will teach their students what the essence of compassion is, what it means to be and act with compassion. Here in EDUCA, we are very excited to see the results that this holistic and ethically responsible curriculum will have on these little ones. It becomes apparent, as with the case Elian Alan, that these kids are transforming themselves and using what is taught in school to lead a better lifestyle and teach their parents, friends, and siblings along the way. Your continued support will therefore not only have an impact on the lives of these children, but it will impact the lives of many others as well.
This time, we would like to share with you a testimony of one of the teachers in charge of giving this program to children of 4 and 5 years old.
“The Ethics, Empathy and Wisdom program has allowed the children to improve their capacity of thinking and resolution of the problems they face in the school. Also, they are being able to uphold their opinions and ideas among their classmates.
They are asking a lot more for new activities with higher difficulty level. In class, when a conflict comes out, some of the children guide the others until they reach an agreement that benefits all or most of them. They achieve this by paying attention to other’s opinions and hearing the group’s necessities. I can conclude that this program has given my students some skills that they have been able to identify and use efficiently to satisfy their requirements.”
In EDUCA, we are very happy of having these great results and we wish to continue improving them for the next school year.
Hope all is well with you.
As we previously announced you, we recently opened two new groups of the Ethics, Empathy and Wisdom program in Sedac. Both of them are starting the phase 1, while the other four groups are now studying the second phase of the program.
This program’s objective is to develop new skills in the children, and it offers a great opportunity to the teachers who implement it, as well. The persons who were initially selected to teach it are in constant training and supervision by CIDEL (Center of Investigation in Ethical Development).
Both Sedac’s teachers who implemented the program last year, finished with great results and have received the opportunity to continue their training for two more years to obtain a Masters degree. For them, these new phase includes the mentorship to one more teacher each, who will be under their supervision and training along the whole year. This new generation of teachers (Claudia and Andrea) is in charge of the children who recently started phase 1.
Because of these great opportunities that the program is giving to the whole community to improve their quality of life, we are very happy to continue sharing with you these news!!
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