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Dear SOLE Colombia friend,

We hope you are safe and healthy. We know that the last 3 months have been challenging for all of us, no matter in which corner of the world we are.

At SOLE Colombia we also have been facing a new reality, in the way we work and interact with the SOLE Colombia Community and with our different partners.

This worldwide situation brought us to rethink the importance of what we do. We have a big challenge: How to respond to this situation with the tools we already have, what can we do? what other ressources are available to respond?. Sitting at home, we saw how a new window of opportunities opend for us and many people and communities we are connected with.

We reconnected to other people doing SOLE worldwide, who had similar challenges, and this is how we received the support and great company form the StartSOLE team (www.startsole.org) to have access to a great platform to do virtual SOLE sessions with different people all around the world. This has been a big oportunity to open different spaces to talk, chat and learn together, and this has become the core of what we do at this moment.

Even if the actual crisis is hard, is has opened an opportunity for people from different regions and contexts to connect and start new conversations about the future we want. This is how we also are becoming part of the biggest worldwide conversation that the UN has started as part of their 75th Aniversary (https://www.un.org/en/un75). We at SOLE Colombia are being part of this, connecting 120 different communities all around Colombia to this great conversation. We have the challenge to do the whole project online and are thinking of and working on new ways to connect the people who are isolated and need more urgently that their voices are heard. We know that this actual situation has shown more cleary many problems, like inequality, that have been always under the surface and want to build together with many others the solutions that are needed for our actual and future world.

In this context the Playground in The Cloud has gained a new meaning and we're planning this virtual space to be the center that brings people together to have new conversations and gives them the access to different tools to support them. For UN75 we already started to build the toolkit that you can find here: https://parqueenlanube.padlet.org/solecolombia/home.

We will keep you up to date with this great conversations with many different people all around Colombia and the world. If you would like to join us on this big new adventure, please send us an email to hola@solecolombia.org and we will give you more information.

And also, if you would like to support us with your donation to help us bring more people in remote and isolated areas to this conversation, you would be contribuiting to a one of the big steps in the peace building process of our country. Here you can see other projects that are linked to this one: https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/sole-all-over-colombia/ and https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/build-a-school-in-the-cloud-for-pisamal-colombia/

Thank you for your support in so many different ways.

We wish you all the best and hope to hear from you soon, you'll definitely hear from us again during the coming weeks.

Stay safe,

Sanjay and Maryam

SOLE Colombia Team

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First Virtual SOLE_March2020
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Julio's students

Join us on a walk on the Playground in The Cloud!

As you might have read from our last report, we alerady have been inviting different people around Colombia to come and visit, share, learn, connect and have fun on the Playground in The Cloud.

There are already people like Julio sharing their stories on how they're working to transform learning in their own commuinities. 

"We use SOLE with the students from 3-6 grade as a pedagogical strategy to develop mental skills and abilities in the formulation of questions, teamwork, collaborative work and appropriate use of ICTs." Julio, teacher in Bucaramanga.

Julio is a passionate and motivated teacher from the city of Bucaramanga who is working hard and has a big dream, to have a SOLE Lab, or special place in the school, where the students can create their own Self-organized Learning Environment and develop other skills necessary to navigate our present and future world. We invite you to read more about Julio's story here: https://parqueenlanube.padlet.org/solecolombia/compartetusole

There's also a lot happening in the rural community of Pisamal, in the coffee growing region in the department of Caldas. The community has re-activated their SOLE, and children and adults are coming together every week to learn together starting from their own questions and interests. Now, thanks to the generosity of many donors and SAP Colombia, they're preparing to build a SOLE Lab, an important place in the community with internet connection where the neighbours can come together to learn, research and solve their own challenges using the internet and connecting with other communities around the world. They're now learning how tu use The Playground in The Cloud, and you'll see soon some of their stories published on the platform. You can also read here more about this beautiful community in the middle of the mountines: https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/build-a-school-in-the-cloud-for-pisamal-colombia/

Like Julio and the neighbours of Pismal, there are other SOLE ambassadors, librarians, teachers, community leaders and others, from different corners of our country who are starting to visit the Playground in The Cloud to connect with others and share what they're doing.

Even though we have this great news and have invited and reached many people, there are many other we would like to join us on our daily trips to the Playground. There are still thousands of people who are isolated and who would love to learn with others and connect to the world.

We thinks we're living in a special time where we have the opportunity to use the power of the internet to connect, know more about each other, learn from other realities and build together better ways of living, all these without having to move from our own community or special place in the world.

This is why we are also inviting you to join this effort to connect with each other using the Playground  in The Cloud and to share with us any idea you have in mind that could help us find more awesome people interested in supporting what we do, with their donations, time and any other great idea that could help us grow. All of our donors are for us part of this transformation and we are convinced that we together, are already changing the world. If you have any idea you would like to share with us, we're inviting you to share it on The Playground in The Cloud: https://parqueenlanube.padlet.org/solecolombia/home. You also can write to us anytime to hola@solecolombia.org

Thank you for your constant support and stay tuned for the coming news!

Maryam, Sanjay and all the SOLE Colombia team

Children during a SOLE in Pisamal
Children during a SOLE in Pisamal
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Julio from Bucaramanga shares a story

Have you already visited the Playground in The Cloud?

In our last report we shared with you some BIG NEWS about the Playground in The Cloud: https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/help-build-a-playground-in-the-cloud/reports/#menu. Thanks to all the support we have been receiving from you and many other supporters from all over the world, we have now a platform where people who are interested in learning -no matter from what backround they come-, can connect, share, talk, ask, learn and have fun together with other people around Colombia and the world. 

After having the platform ready, we have been working during the last 3 months to reach and invite more people to visit our platform and share with the world their stories, questions, experiences and more. 

There are already more than 170 people registered in our platform who come from all over the country and from very different backrounds: teachers, librarians, entrepreneurs, community leaders, students, activists, educators from different kind and many more.

On the Playground in the Cloud all people can find useful information, connect, share, talk and enjoy feeling they're part of a larger community.

If people are looking to start a SOLE (a Self-Organized Learning Environment) in their own communities (schools, libraries, public spaces and more) they can go to the section PARA APRENDER (to learn). There they can find the steps and tools to start SOLE where they want. 

If people want to share who they are, their SOLE experiences, their questions and other kind of information, they can go the PARA COMPARTIR (to share) section.

And because we don't want anybody to feel lonely in this journey, if people are looking for connections with others involved in SOLE, they can go to PARA CONECTAR (to connect) and there they can coordinate a joint SOLE session with another SOLE in the world, connect to the Granny Cloud (Nube de Abuelitas) or just connect to other people who are interested in the future of learning.

We also opened a space for the people to start a conversation about any theme they want. Anybody who's interested, just has to go to the PARA CONVERSAR (to talk) section and start the conversation or participate in any other that someone else already started.

And last but not least, like any other playground in the world, people go to play and have fun. That's why there's also a section called PARA JUGAR /(to play) on The Playground in the Cloud. On this section people can find any kind of information and we are inviting all to share anything they find cool, useful, amazing, fun or just interesting.

Thanks to all the generous support you and many others have given us, many people all over Colombia and other countries and regions can have access to this platform and enjoy diverse aspects of SOLE and get more in touch with the future of learning. 

And even if we already reached many, we still want more people in remote places that have been isolated, -due to the armed conflict-, for many years from the rest of the country and the world, to get involved and connect with others.

From our initial goal of $10,200 USD, we already reached $7,749 USD. We are thankful with you and many people around the world who have donated to this beautiful project. To reach other regions with SOLE through the Playground in The Cloud, we still need to reach our initial goal so we can have the ressources needed to engage more people and dedicate more of our time and effort to those regions that need it most.

We will be working on this during the next months and will send you some news about the next steps we're taking. During this time we invite you to visit The Playground in The Cloud. Enjoy, explore, connect, ask Big Questions and have fun!

Thank you and stay tuned!

Sanjay, Maryam and all the SOLE Colombia Community.

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Another story from Barranquilla
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This is how the Playground in The Cloud look today
This is how the Playground in The Cloud look today

After many months working on the Playground in The Cloud (Parque en La Nube) we have some Big News to share with you!

We are very thankful with you and so many other people, who have joined our cause and helped us build a Playground in the Cloud, where SOLE ambassadors and other people who want to explore SOLE, can connect, learn, talk, share and play! Our platform is ready and there are already people who are part of the Community using it. Here you can check it out: https://parqueenlanube.padlet.org/solecolombia/home

We want to invite thousands of people around Colombia and other countries to come to this amazing Playground, and we will be sharing it soon with the bigger SOLE community and other people who might be interested.

The Playground in the Cloud is also a place to share with you and many other people the great news and stories happening in different corners of our country. That's why we also want to share with you other Big News! As you already might have heard, we started another project together with the community of Pisamal (a rural community in the coffee growing region in Colombia: https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/build-a-school-in-the-cloud-for-pisamal-colombia/. Last week we participated in #littlebylittle campaign and different people got to know some amazing stories about the neighbours of Pisamal using SOLE.

The good news is that SAP in Colombia decided to support this beautiful project with a big contribution and now, together with the neighbours in Pisamal, we can start to make the Big Dream of the community - to have a SOLE Lab - a reality. 

A SOLE Lab is a place where the neighbours can meet, use the internet and learn together. They already started using SOLE 4 years ago, and now they need a facility with the proper infrastructure to take bigger steps and continue learning and find new and innovative solutions to their challenges together. 

We are already coordinating with Robsinson, other neighbours of Pisamal and Fundación Promedio - another great organization we work with - to start the construction of the SOLE Lab.

With the generous contributions we have received until now, we have advanced in our way to reach our goal, but we still need some ressources to make of this place a real Self-Organized Learning Environment connected to the world. That's why we are asking you today to support the neighbours of Pisamal. If you already supported us with your donation, we invite you to become a recurrent donor with a monthly donation. Even a small amount counts and the community of Pisamal will have the chance to be connected to the internet and have electricity for a much longer time.

If you still cannot support with your donation, we would be very thankful if you could tell other people about this project.

We invite you to read more about Pisamal's story with SOLE and many other stories of SOLE ambassadors all over Colombia: https://parqueenlanube.padlet.org/solecolombia/compartetusole

Thank you and stay tuned for more Big News from Pisamal and the SOLE Colombia Community.

Robinson Pisamal, Sanjay and Maryam (SOLE Colombia Team)

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Robinson y su comunidad hacen SOLE

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Students in La Presentacion School in Pamplona

This year we have been learning together with the SOLE Colombia Community how a Playground in the Cloud looks like and works. Now it’s time for more than 2000 local educators and other people interested in SOLE to discover it!

We designed on Padlet (the platform we chose for this project) the first version of this online experience based, not only on our own experience as the SOLE Colombia team, but also on the experience of different SOLE ambassadors who already use SOLE in their own communities and were interested in sharing their stories, reading the stories of other members of the Community, learning more about SOLE, connecting with other ambassadors and having fun!

After showing the first version of the Playgrund in The Cloud to some of the members of the SOLE Colombia Community, friends and other people involved in the project and receiving important feedback, we shared this online experience with a much wider audience of new and old SOLE ambassadors.

Last week we had a wonderful chance to share about SOLE with two different groups of teachers. We went to Pamplona, a colonial town in Norte de Santander, and Floridablanca, Santander, in the North of Colombia. For some of them, SOLE was completely new and a big surprise, while others already started doing SOLE 3 years ago. We showed them the Playground in the Cloud and invited them to dream about all the things they could do on a “common online place” like this. It was beautiful to hear that they would love to meet other people, share experiences, play, have fun, talk to each other… Then we invited them to explore the platform to do exactly that: learn, share, play, connect, talk.

This was the first time that we showed, in person, to a larger group of SOLE ambassadors The Playground in The Cloud, and were happy to receive a positive feedback from them. It is a big step to have a “place” like this, where people from all over the country can “go”. It’s different than the regular social networks, this is a place where everybody, anytime, anywhere can contribute.

Now the challenge is to reach more than 2000 local educators who are in different corners of Colombia and that, due to the armed conflict, have been isolated from the rest of the country and the world.

This is why we have been working during the last months, hand in hand with our volunteers, on our marketing campaign. We are still learning and working on the best way to reach local educators all over our country.

So, it is not finished yet...Over the next weeks, we will be working on:

  • The improvement of the Playground in The Cloud, so everybody can understand and navigate it more easily.
  • The marketing campaign to reach the people all over the country.
  • Accompanying the first users of the Playground in The Cloud more closely to support and learn from their experiences.

We are very happy for this big step and it couldn’t have been possible without the support of all of our donors and other people who believed in our project. We believe that together, with big small steps, we are changing the world. We are very close to our USD 10,000 goal and invite you to share this project with your friends and family.

A big thank you and stay tuned!

The SOLE Colombia team

SOLE ambassadors in Floridablanca
SOLE ambassadors in Floridablanca
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Playground in The Cloud - HOME
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Teachers in Pamplona learning about SOLE
Teachers in Pamplona learning about SOLE

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