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Palabrario & Numerario has a new website

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Palabrario & Numerario (P&N) educational program has a new website, in which people can consult the general information about the program, his history, his results, and an online forum. It is designed so that people can discuss about education and learning processes in fields as reading and mathematical. The online forum has been created especially for teachers that work with the P&N program. Nevertheless, people can participate freely and to share their personal and professional experiences in these fields.

Palabrario & Numerario is an educational program designed by Genesis Foundation and the Fundación Corona. It was created 11 years ago and it has as objective to improve the reading, writing, and logical-mathematical thinking levels of the students in Colombia.

This primary school program implement in 94 schools of 27 towns in Colombia currently. It is benefiting to 48.052 students.

STEM training to Palabrario & Numerario Program

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Genesis Foundation and Fundación Corona, both founders of Palabrario & Numerario (P&N) Program, joined The British Council with the objective of improving the program through the training in science, technology, engineering, and mathematic, called STEM.

In May the first working session of this alliance took place, with the participation of regional allies from Antioquia, Valle del Cauca, and Cundinamarca departments as well as the professional team of Think Learn Challenge.

The main objective of the STEM training is to improve the student’s thinking abilities
through the problem solving, creative and critical thinking, collaborative work, communication, and research. 

With the integration of STEM to Palabrario & Numerario, the program will: consolidate the pedagogical principle of the program, to increase the strategies for abilities improving, and to strengthen of workshop methodology of the P&N. 

World Breastfeeding Week 2017

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Genesis Foundation joins the celebration of World Breastfeeding Week, promoted by the World Health Organization, WHO, which develops from August 1 to 7, 2017.

The First Learning Steps program has been work with pregnant women and nursing mothers, with the aim of promoting breastfeeding as a fundamental practice for the integral development of children. Currently, the program develops in three departments of the country: Chocó, Magdalena and Tumaco. Nutrition teams share their experiences and knowledge on this topic.

Margarita Vives, a program nutritionist in the department of Magdalena, says that breastfeeding offers great benefits to children, since it prevents diseases that may occur in the first years of life such as otitis, bronchiolitis, diarrhea, pneumonia, urinary tract infections, and flu among others. "Integrating nutrition with the psychosocial part, not only prevent diseases, also have children who grow up happy, safe, loved and protected"

According to Ronnie Olive and Maryanne Valoyes, members of the First Learning Steps program in Chocó department, breastfeeding favors the affective bond between the mother and the children and, in turn, contributes to the development of the emotional and social skills necessary to undertake the processes learning. "Breastfeeding is promoted in the territories by visiting home and in group meetings where good breastfeeding practices are strengthened."

The promotion of this practice does through the recognition of breast milk as a unique food, with all the nutritional support that children need in their first years of life. In addition, different training processes develops with pregnant women, breastfeeding mothers and their families, creating spaces to raise awareness about the benefits of breastfeeding and the importance of breastfeeding in the process of integral development of children.

In the period of the celebration of the World Breastfeeding Week, different activities carries out in places where the First Learning Steps program is currently implemented, such as carnivals, social mobilizations, and awareness talks, among others. All with the aim of encouraging exclusive breastfeeding during the first six months of life and as complementary in the first two years.

Genesis Foundation supports and promotes breastfeeding in public spaces. Breastfeeding saves lives, according to data from the World Health Organization, if 50% of newborns are breastfed for the first six months, it can save the lives of 823,000 children and 20,000 women per year

Breastfeeding allows boys and girls to have a better physical, cognitive and social development that will give them all the skills necessary to have successful training processes.

For more information on Breastfeeding, visit the official WORDL BREASTTFEEDING WEEK website and learn how this practice contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.

You can also read the latest report from UNICEF and WHO on the effects of the lack of investment in breastfeeding around the world.