WE BELIEVE IN LEARNING! Quindio, Colombia

 
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Quindio, Colombia
Quindio, Colombia

"Life is an experience of the imagination. Learning is a necessity and every person has the right to education, no matter if they have the resources to do so or not." (Click the video link and learn about Fundación Escuela Nueva and our philosophy). It is not a mystery that education is a founding tool for creating greater opportunities. However, education alone is not a sufficient instrument to improve quality of life, QUALITY education is the key ingredient. Unfortunately as we all know, this basic human right does not reach everyone, especially those who need in more to escape vulnerable situations. Help transform the way we learn, join us in the silent revolution!

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 (EN) school. In EN 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 and active learning. Each student is focused, excited, engaged and seems to know exactly what he/she is doing.

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 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 fulfilling 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, communicate, interact and 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, and especially the importance of teamwork! 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 on an equal footing.

We believe this kind of approach yields quality education and fundamental  life learning. But we need your help and generosity to bring about this transformation in this urban-marginal Colombian schools. 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 to this project that believes that with adequate learning materials and training of teachers, all children can learn, increasing their opportunities and quality of life! If you cannot afford to donate, please spread the word and share via email, Facebook, Twitter and more! Your donation today will be matched by 30% by GlobalGiving.

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Kevin, the student body president
Kevin, the student body president

Today is a Partner Rewards Bonus Day, meaning your donation between now and 11:59pm EDT tonight will be matched by 30%! Furthermore, there are awards of $1000 to be the campaign with the most funds raised or the most unique donors. Please donate now to help improve the state of global education, starting at middle school in Quindio, Colombia.

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 EN 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 and active learning. Each one is focused, excited and seems to know exactly what he/she is doing.

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 fulfilling 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 especially how to 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 to this project that believes that with adequate learning materials and training of teachers, all children can learn, increasing their life chances and opportunities! If you cannot afford to donate, please spread the word and share via email, Facebook, Twitter and more! Your donation today will be matched by 30% by GlobalGiving. 

Engaged students enjoy working together
Engaged students enjoy working together

Summer is approaching in the U.S. and for many of you that might mean you, a sibling, a child or other loved ones are also approaching graduation from school, whether elementary, middle, high school or higher education. In that case, celebration is certainly in order and what better way to celebrate than to give back to that 134 students from rural Colombia can work towards their own graduations!

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 EN 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 and active learning. Each one is focused, excited and seems to know exactly what he/she is doing.

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 fulfilling 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 especially how to 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 to this project that believes that with adequate learning materials and training of teachers, all children can learn, increasing their life chances and opportunities! If you cannot afford to donate, please spread the word and share via email, Facebook, Twitter and more!

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! 

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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