Fundacion Escuela Nueva Volvamos a la Gente

Our mission is to improve the coverage, quality, efficiency and sustainability of rural and urban basic education, focusing primarily on developing countries, through the implementation of the Escuela Nueva model and with the support of private and public partnerships.
Nov 20, 2015

We need your help!

Laura Moreno with Circulos para ENprender team
Laura Moreno with Circulos para ENprender team

After 12 months of work, our program Círculos para ENprender in Bogota's Egipto neighborhood has slowed due to lack of funding. The project in the Egipto neighborhood impacted over 60 children. Unfortunately with our current limited resources we can no longer support this critical initiative.

This new scenario has been very difficult for the entire educational community. Laura Moreno, Director of the Foundation Egipto con Futuro, where Círculos para ENprender has been implemented, expressed: “There are many reasons why we want this program to continue! It’s a program that offers comprehensive education and changes the lives of very vulnerable children.. This program helps us to create “society”, starting from the children. Tools like the Student Government or the Plan Gestor Humanizador are very important to our children.

In Egipto, FEN made positive gains in increasing students’ motivation, parent involvement, and reducing the dropout rate. Teachers received training to help children cope and overcome the emotional trauma, develop fundamental life skills to make healthy decisions, and cultivate their capacity for leadership. Students thrive in a democratic learning environment, where they are treated as capable actors in their education and life, and realize their power to improve their community. For example, Laura Moreno shares the story of Pablo*: “He used to have very violent attitudes. Once, he tried to burn down a classroom and he also had suicidal thoughts. In Círculos para ENprender he began having different attitudes and now he is very motivated, he is a leader. The program taught him that he was a leader and that other people can follow him for his ideas.

The school year is coming to a close, and FEN looks forward to swift return to Egipto after an important fundraising campaign during this year’s end. In order to achieve our funding goals, we modified our budget so we can restart the project and return happiness and to this group of children.

¡Your contribution will promote this shift toward peace for Colombia’s youth!

*Pseudonym

Circulos para ENprender
Circulos para ENprender
Reading outside!
Reading outside!

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Aug 5, 2015

Catalina, the pride of her mother

Catalina
Catalina's Mother

"I didn’t think she had so many qualities!" That’s what Catalina’s mother told us during an exchange with other parents about their children´s achievements in the program “Circulos para ENprender”.Catalina, nine years old, was chosen by other children of the program, as the President of the Student Government.

The Student Government, which Catalina is a part of, is an essential element of the implementation of “Circulos para ENprender”. This strategy works to help children develop democratic values, participation, citizenship, and several skills such as argumentation, empathy, and critical thinking. Student Government’s elections begin with electoral campaigns and speeches by candidates, such as Catalina, and electoral juries supervise the voting; it is indeed a very experiential process for all children.

"It's very exciting for them [the children] and for us as parents; I didn’t know that Catalina was the President. It's very exciting; she cried and that made me excited because she takes all her activities very personally" Catalina’s mother said with quivering voice.

Parents’ meetings are also a very important element of Círculos para ENprender; they allow families to share their children’s achievements and be proud of their progress. The testimony of Catalina's mother is just one example of the experiences children have had as part of the program.

The implementation of the Círculos para ENprender program began in 2014 in a low income neighborhood in Bogotá called Egypt. FEN has worked hand to hand with Fundación Egipto con Futuro (FECF), a local grassroots organization whose purpose is to offer assistance to vulnerable children and youth. Through the FEN-FECF alliance children and youth have a dignifying environment that offers food, tutoring, and a safe and caring environment in which they are able to envision a better future.

Stories like Catalina’s are the result not only of FEN’s work and the support of our funders/sponsors but also of to your contributions as donors. As the Escuela Nueva Activa® itself, Círculos para ENprender is a comprehensive program that includes/requires teacher training, continuous advise, materials supply, and, in this particular program, psychosocial assistance.

Sustainability in programs such as Círculos para ENprender is always a major challenge when working to restore the right to education and to transform children’s lives. Your donations will allow us to continue Círculos para ENprender implementation and expand its reach.

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Jun 12, 2013

Final Report

We inform that there have been no donations received within this project hence we were not able to realize the project or parts of it.

The project in the school in Zipacón aimed at providing Learning material for 70 students. The Learning Material is proven to help children to improve not only their academic results but also to develop civic and democratic values. The pedagogy Escuela Nueva has been adapted to the new challenges of the 21st century, including subjects of entrepreneurial and social skills. The projects of Escuela Nueva don't only concentrate on the Learning Material but also on the important part of Teacher Training, which shows the teachers how to use and teach the contents of the Learning Guides.

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