Fundacion Escuela Nueva will provide school materials and teachers' formation to improve the quality of education for 70 students at the Cartagena School in Zipacon, Colombia. Students will improve academic results and develop civic and democratic values, social and entrepreneurial skills needed to respond to challenges of the 21st century. Our model transforms the education paradigm to one that focuses on the child, promoting an active, participatory and collaborative learning approach
The education provided at this school is based on rote learning and instruction, which has resulted in poor academic achievement of students as well as a lack of development of social skills.The school is short on learning materials and resources to support and enhance the learning process. These factors contribute to demotivation, leading to high repetition, drop-out rates, and the perpetuation of inequality. Teachers want to use the EN model to improve quality education and life opportunities.
The Escuela Nueva model is a social innovation based on active, participatory, and cooperative learning. With a systemic approach, our model impacts the student, the teacher, the community, and the administration. As a result, we transform the classroom, the learning process and the education system. Through teacher training and provision of education material such as Learning Guides (equivalent to textbooks), we will improve the quality of education at this school.
Poverty, injustice and exclusion can be addressed through education. We see quality education as a tool to protect children, but also as the cornerstone of social and human development. The Escuela Nueva model and pedagogy develops an ethos of peace and participation where children, teachers, and communities are the primary drivers of change. Children learn how to learn and their education is key to improving their lives and that of their families, producing a large-scale social change.