Learning to Learn at the I Childhood and Youth Biennial in Manizales, Colombia

The I Biennial of Childhood and Youth: Democracy, Human Rights and Citizenship took place in Manizales, Colombia from November 17th to the 21st. Participants from different countries including Colombia, Brazil, Argentina, Spain and Mexico amongst others interacted and discussed about the situation of children and adolescents in Latin America.

A research paper about our program Learning to Learn (L2L) in alliance with CINDE, was presented in the panel: Quality institutional policies and strategies to guarantee the right to education for children and youngsters in Latin America and the Caribbean. The paper called “Perception that teachers have on the academic performance of children after the implementation of the program L2L” showed that the program has transformed teachers pedagogical practices and that transformation in teachers has helped to improve the academic performance of children in the classrooms. Teachers feel more motivated and this has influenced positively in the learning process of children.  Teachers perceive themselves as key actors in the teaching-learning process of students , as they enable participation, autonomy, reflexivity and critical thinking in the students. Interaction through playing has allowed teachers to perceive aspects in children related to their individual and social development  and learning through playing has promoted ethical and social and moral responsibility behaviors in children.

We are glad to announce that L2L is a program that is improving quality education in the schools in which it is being implemented in Colombia.



Genesis Foundation at the World Innovation Summit for Education in Qatar- WISE 2014

From November 4th to the 6th Genesis Foundation was present at the WORLD INNOVATION SUMMIT FOR EDUCATION (WISE) that took place in Qatar. This three day conference explored different topics like early childhood, empowering teachers, the role of play in education, and creative teaching and learning, among others.

WISE is hosted by the Qatar Foundation, a private non-profit organization that supports and operates education, science, research and community development programs in Qatar.

Genesis Executive Director Cristina Gutiérrez de Piñeres participated in the debate: How Do We Best Prepare the Youngest Ones For School and Life? joined by  Dr, Amita Gupta Professor of Early Childhood Education in The City College of New York, and Prof. Maureen Samms-Vaughan Chairperson of The Early Childhood Commission. The panel was moderated by Dr. Rebecca Winthrop, Senior Fellow and Director of the Center for Universal Education of the Brookings Institution.

Click here to learn more about WISE 2014 


Inauguration of preschool in Sevilla, Zona Bananera

Our early education program First Learning Steps inaugurated a preschool in Sevilla, Zona Bananera  this past friday. Early this year a $100,000 grant from the Japan Embassy early this year was invested for the expansion of this center. 

This infrastructure improvement allowed us to comply with the standards and safety requirements set by the government for early education centers. Additionally it allowed us to increase the center's capacity to 220 children up from 100, include additional community mothers bringing the number to a total of 9, and work with 70 additional families.

The inauguration event took place with the participation of children, community mothers and the team members.Genesis Executive Director Cristina Gutiérrez de Piñeres was joined by the Japanese Ambassador Mr. Kazuo Watanabe, Fundación Bancolombia´s Executive Director Catalina Echavarría and the Mayor of Sevilla. 


Fashion for a Cause: Meet The Genesis Bag

A new brand of luxury hand bags named Olillo just launched its inaugural collection brings attention to inspiring women from around the world, each devoted to a noble cause. One of the seven gorgeous bags of this collection was inspired in Carolina Esquenazi- Shaio, founder of Genesis Foundation.

The Genesis bag is a unique piece made in italy in a combination of leather with crocodile and stingray accents. Victor Arango and Kirsten Leimbach describe it as a bag "for the deserving woman who carries more than she lets on. The Genesis is built to withstand the daily grind of big city life and to ply only to the whims of female intuition"

Proceeds from the sales of this bag will benefit Genesis Foundation. Get yours!


Over 5,000 High School Students & 200 Teachers In Guajira, Tolima & Amazonas Join The Program "Juventud Rural, Educación y Desarrollo Rural"

High school students and teachers of 15 rural schools are part of the new implementations of the program that began in 3 regions of Colombia earlier this year. After a period when the program was being revised and validated by the Colombian Ministry of Education, Juventud Rural,  Educación y Desarrollo Rural began a new chapter with the support of a great alliance between Genesis Foundation, Fundación Bancolombia, Fundación Cerrejón and Fundación Manuel Mejía.

This program is an educational model designed to develop basic work and entrepreneurial skills as well as academic competencies for high school students in underserved rural communities. The program contributes to the improvement of the quality of education by increasing coverage and school retention while strengthening communities by transforming the way rural youngsters perceive themselves, their environment, and their civic responsibilities.

In Colombia, there are huge gaps in status and achievement between urban and rural schools, and by providing geographically marginalized rural students access to training and topics that emphasize the important connection between nature and society; we are instilling a better sense of citizenry, conservation and community pride.

The two year implementation of the program in Guajira, Tolima and Amazonas entails an investment of over $700,000 dollars.