In 2023 we are re-empowering 30 indigenous/rural communities, survivors of the armed conflict, with SOLE Methodology: transforming public spaces into Self-Organized Learning Environments, where a few computers and Big Questions are the path to learn, dialogue and take action collectively around themes like mental health, economic growth and real life challenges... weaving lives with hope and building peace, together. Since 2014, SOLE Colombia has reached over 420,000 people.
Since the signing of the Peace Agreement with the FARC in 2016, SOLE Colombia has been determined to participate in the consolidation of the peace process as a civil-society non-profit. The pandemic has further deepened the education crisis and widened existing inequalities, especially for rural and indigenous communities. Those children and youth who lack necessary skills and knowledge to live decent lives due to the poor quality of education, are now in an even worse situation.
A SOLE is a space where children, families and communities can come together to discover and explore self-organised learning using the Internet. We will provide at least 90 educators in 30 communities most affected by the armed conflict with the skills and tools to set up SOLEs and support them with a network of volunteers- called Grannies - who connect remotely to provide over 7,500 participants with warm encouragement and the opportunity to experience worlds far removed from their own.
We aim to inspire people to become creative and curious problem-solvers with the confidence and skills needed to tap into the global network of tools available. Once people are motivated to pursue answers to their own Big Questions together, those who need it the most, will claim their voice and agency to solve their own challenges, leveraging new technologies. The tipping point in Colombia is about better solutions created from the ground up and the power of networks to accelerate progress.
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).