COVID-19 emergency online education in Colombia

by Fundacion ABLE
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COVID-19 emergency online education in Colombia
COVID-19 emergency online education in Colombia
COVID-19 emergency online education in Colombia
COVID-19 emergency online education in Colombia
COVID-19 emergency online education in Colombia
COVID-19 emergency online education in Colombia
COVID-19 emergency online education in Colombia
COVID-19 emergency online education in Colombia
COVID-19 emergency online education in Colombia
COVID-19 emergency online education in Colombia
COVID-19 emergency online education in Colombia
COVID-19 emergency online education in Colombia
COVID-19 emergency online education in Colombia
COVID-19 emergency online education in Colombia
COVID-19 emergency online education in Colombia
COVID-19 emergency online education in Colombia
COVID-19 emergency online education in Colombia
COVID-19 emergency online education in Colombia
COVID-19 emergency online education in Colombia
COVID-19 emergency online education in Colombia
COVID-19 emergency online education in Colombia
Fifth graders presenting their final project
Fifth graders presenting their final project

It's the end of a school year and we want to say THANK YOU!

It was a beautiful year full of surprises and new goals achieved. Our students had a wonderful time sharing with partner schools, welcoming new international teachers, taking swimming lessons, programming and more! We can't thank enough for all the organizations who joined us this year to amplify our impact.

On December 8th we celebrated the graduation ceremony for students in fifth grade who are now moving to middle school in other schools. We make sure they continue their education by keeping in touch with their families and by opening English courses on Saturdays for our them. They leave our school well equipped in terms of skills, knowledge and personal development. We are so proud of them! As part of their final projects, they presented a research about their community where they told the history of their neighborhood as well as thought about the main problems that surround them and ways to solve them.

We close this year with a big project that launched today! WE WILL BUILD 3 NEW CLASSROOMS FOR 2020! It is a fact that we are growing and we need to open room for more students who want to attend our school. In this new area we will have classrooms and an auditorium for our cultural activities and students meetings. We are so excited that we can't wait to write again and share what the new spaces look like! We also want to acknowledge that thanks to your support we were able to fund 30% of this construction project. 

If you want to support us and spread the word in this time of the year we would really appreciate it. Up to December 31st, Global Giving's Year-End Campaign has Bonus Prizes totaling $12,000. There are many incentives such as Matching funds to 100% to new monthly donations, prizes for projects with the most unique donors, and more. Please tell your friends and family, all of our students will be thankful.

We wish for you a wonderful time of the year, surrounded by loved ones and receiving blessings from above. Have a great 2020 and let's keep making the world a better place for all!

¡Feliz Navidad y Próspero Año Nuevo!

Familia ABLE- La Fontaine

Girl power
Girl power
Farewell party
Farewell party
Students from partner school give presents to Gabi
Students from partner school give presents to Gabi
3 new classrooms for year 2020
3 new classrooms for year 2020
Construction starts to welcome 170 children in2020
Construction starts to welcome 170 children in2020
Graduation ceremony- Fifth grade
Graduation ceremony- Fifth grade
We wore our pijamas on the last day of school
We wore our pijamas on the last day of school
Goodbye to teacher Jasmin from Germany
Goodbye to teacher Jasmin from Germany
Thanksgiving day with partner school- Kindergarten
Thanksgiving day with partner school- Kindergarten
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Kindergarten students singing
Kindergarten students singing

With an attendance of over 200 family members and 2-hour show we celebrated English Day!

Every year we gather along with families, students, teachers and sponsors to celebrate English Day. During the event our children share their progress in the language and also prove their creative skills through dancing, acting and singing. Families participate in the planning as they design and make their child's outfit for the big show. We had fish, elephants, food and many more costumes. 

Teacher Katie, one of our international volunteers helped prepare students with their songs and plays.

Some of the main achievements with English Day are:

- COLLABORATION: Students develop team-work skills as they collaborate to put together their show. For example, Fifth grade did Romeo and Juliet. The girl who played Juliet did not want to share the stage with Romeo at the beginning because they had had some conflict in the past but during the rehearsals they came closer, had fun and had an opportunity to rebuild their friendship.

- CREATIVITY: The process of making their own costumes helps students and families to bring out their creative skills and the result is just gorgeous! Moreover, students gain confidence when they go on the stage to face their fears to speak or dance or sing in public.

- CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING: While students prepare for the show they study the different contexts in which that story or song takes place. Second grade learned about healthy food and how precious our Colombian fruits are! Fourth grade reminded everyone of the importance of friendship thorugh the song "Count on me" and fifth graders taught their families about the important author William Shakespeare. These are just examples of how English helps promote cultural understanding among children and their families.

Finally, we would like to share that the school was donated software for 20 computers in order to support the teaching of English with technology. The students will be using the software February next year.

We want to thank you again for believing and supporting this mission that brings not only quality education but also EQUITY, making it possible for low-income families to have access to English language learning which in the past had been a priviledge of the rich.

¡MUCHAS GRACIAS!

Fundación ABLE

Juan Pablo from third grade wearing a Kimono
Juan Pablo from third grade wearing a Kimono
Kindergarten students dancing to the rhythm
Kindergarten students dancing to the rhythm
I have a pet, it is a dog. Pitufa joined us today!
I have a pet, it is a dog. Pitufa joined us today!
Our big audience
Our big audience
Count on me by fourth grade
Count on me by fourth grade
Our superheroes from third grade
Our superheroes from third grade
Little Red Riding Hood- 2nd grade
Little Red Riding Hood- 2nd grade
Food song
Food song
B I N G O
B I N G O
Romeo and Juliet
Romeo and Juliet
Final show with BABY SHARK!
Final show with BABY SHARK!

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David Mobley, cofounder of Mango Languages
David Mobley, cofounder of Mango Languages

Dear friends,

We would like to start today with a big THANK YOU! It is because of people like you that we are able to maximixe our impact for the benefit of our children and youth.

This term we launched a new project to develop skills in leadership, entrepreneurship and English with 24 senior students from a public school in our community. We all know that at this stage in life many young people wonder what their future will look like given the fact that they don't have the best academic or professional opportunities. Matter of fact, only 2,2% of youth in our community can complete a college degree and many just take on a job after finishing high school.

In order to carry out this pilot project, we invited 24 students (selected out of 300) who demonstrated a will to learn English and who want to be involved in leadership roles in the community. Some of them are artists and the others are very talented as well but have no clues on what path to choose for a career. That is when Fundación ABLE helps them envision a future and develop skills they will need to excel in life. These skills involve leadership, entrepreneurship, communication, public speaking, emotional literacy and English. Throughout the program they get to reflect on their community's strengths first and then come up with ideas on how they can contribute to the progress and development of their neighborhood or city. We also invite guest speakers from all over the city who share their story and make connections with our students. Moreover, in partnership with Mango Languages, a mobile App company, our students can learn English independently.

In the future, this program might evolve into an opportunity to create a tourism industry in our community where young people can be part-time self-employed while pursuing their university degree. Right now they are already volunteering as tour guides for tourists in the stations of the community's cable car.

On the other hand, by the end of June we had the Global Giving site visit by Viktorija Noreikaite. She got to be present at our school facilities, learn from our programs and hear our story. We also took a ride through our neighborhood in the cable car. It was fantastic! You will be able to read her visit report soon.

Last but not least we want to call your attention on the Little by Little Matching Campaign which starts on August 12 and ends on Friday August 16 at 23:59 ET. This campaign will match donations up to $50 at 50% with $60,000 in matching funds and $8,000 in bonus prizes. So if you can contribute during this week it will be really awesome! Remember the African proverb: If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.

So... we're all in this together!

Muchas gracias

Yours truly,

Lilibeydy

Global Giving site visit in the Siloe cable car
Global Giving site visit in the Siloe cable car
Ikigai reflection: "the reason for being"
Ikigai reflection: "the reason for being"
We see potential in their eyes
We see potential in their eyes
Global Giving visiting our school
Global Giving visiting our school
Opening opportunities to volunteer as tour guides
Opening opportunities to volunteer as tour guides
Creating strong links to grow together
Creating strong links to grow together

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Our students expecting the great moment
Our students expecting the great moment

Last month we celebrated Language Day and we celebrated with the opening of our school library with a collection of around 5000 books!

Our library project started over a year ago when our partner organization Educambio donated over 5000 books to us. Books included children literature, science textbooks, novels, magazines, comics, and more both in English and Spanish! We went through a process of selecting books one by one and piling them into categories. It took two months and many hands to help. By February the room was ready, the shelves installed and the flooring all set up. 

It was April 23rd, Language Day, and our students gathered to witness the opening of our library. Some shouted, some leaped of joy and they all happily went one by one into the room to experience the delight of reading books. Students now have a beautiful tote bag which they made and decorated by themselves to take books home for the weekend.

Having a library in our school means we have opened a new door to knowledge and learning. Books will allow our students to travel in time, learn about the people who changed the world and dream of the places they will go! Malala Yousafzai said: One child, one teacher, one book and one pen can change the world. Let's keep changing the world together!

Our 140 students and their families appreciate it. 

Sincerely,

Lilibeydy Manrique

School director

Our student leader delivered her speech
Our student leader delivered her speech
Cutting the string!
Cutting the string!
Going through the books
Going through the books
Reading time with first grade!
Reading time with first grade!
Surprise!
Surprise!
Volunteers in the selection process
Volunteers in the selection process
Shelves with reclaimed wood
Shelves with reclaimed wood
Flooring installation
Flooring installation
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Group of homeroom teachers year 2019
Group of homeroom teachers year 2019

Dear friends and supporters, 

It's a new year and we are all excited to receive our new students. 

We worked hard in the Holidays to have everything ready for this new year. We painted the school walls again, we gave the doors a new color, we built the computer lab and the library and we had a beautiful wings mural made! It all looks so pretty, welcoming and inspiring!

Last Tuesday we opened back the doors of our school to welcome 130 students enrolled for year 2019. It was so exciting to see new families walking by the door to join our learning community. Please watch the video to share our excitement.

We also wished our prom 2018 of 15 fifth grade students all the best in their journey and will invite them to participate in an English program especially tailored to their needs, knowing that they won't have the same English instruction in the new schools where they are enrolled now.

It is also great to share that 20% of our school population is studying under the sponsorship program. That means that 26 students have a scholarship and there are a few more waiting to receive one. Thanks to your support on GlobalGiving YOU are making education possible for a child in need.

Finally, we would like to tell you that we have written a book to tell our story. This task took over six months. During this period we did interviews, surveys, we heard personal stories and also did a self reflection of our growth process. It is so rewarding to see the result in a 70 page book that we are sharing with our friends. The book is now available in Spanish and will share the English version with you once it's ready.

We wish you a blessed new year 2019 and we hope to continue counting on you to write a new chapter in the history of education for Colombian children.

All yours,

Lilibeydy Manrique - Cofounder and director 

Kindergarten students Sara and Camila
Kindergarten students Sara and Camila
Parents invited to experience English class
Parents invited to experience English class
Juan, one of our sponsored  students
Juan, one of our sponsored students
Scholarships by partner organization Educambio
Scholarships by partner organization Educambio
Volunteers help categorize 5000 library  books
Volunteers help categorize 5000 library books
Our library almost ready to be open to the public
Our library almost ready to be open to the public
Education gives you wings to fly!
Education gives you wings to fly!
Making of computer lab tables by founder Adarley
Making of computer lab tables by founder Adarley
Computer lab looking nice and pretty. Almost done!
Computer lab looking nice and pretty. Almost done!

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Location: Cali - Colombia
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