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!
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