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Palabrario & Numerario



Palabrario & Numerario is an educational program that seeks to promote the development of literacy skills and mathematical thinking in students of preschool and elementary school, through the transformation of the pedagogical practices of teachers. The work involves a joint effort between teachers, students and parents.

Beneficiaries 24627 students, 932 teachers, 38 educational institutions

Regions Antioquia, Antlántico, Bolivar, Cesar, Cundinamarca, Meta, Nariño, Santander, Valle del Cauca.

Allies and Donors Fundación Caicedo González Riopaila Castilla,  Universidad de Antioquia, Fundación   Carvajal,  Fundación Scarpetta, Fundación Sociedad Portuaria Regional de Buenaventura, Corporación Educativa Minuto de Dios,  J.C. Kellogg Foundation, Fundación Restrepo Barco


Main objective

Implement a training program with emphasis on methodologies and use of teaching resources which seeks to qualify the pedagogical practices of teachers for the development of literacy and math competencies of preschool and primary students.


Despite the great advances made towards reaching various Millennium Development Goals, the country still faces significant challenges in terms of quality and equity in education. To address these challenges, the Government has called for help in improving the quality and relevance of education and skills development, especially of the impoverished and vulnerable populations. The Ministry of National Education (MEN) has joined this effort through its National Literacy Plan (PNLE) and All to Learn (PTA) programs. In spite of the important progress in the schooling of children, the crisis in the quality of learning continues to be a critical worldwide problem. According to UNESCO, there are currently 250 millions children in elementary school age or out of school, who doesn't know how to read or write. In addition, Colombian students have performed very poorly in national and international standardized tests showing that elementary schools students do not have the level they should in reading, writing and math according to their age group.

In this context, Palabrario & Numerario is a program that aims to encourage the qualification of mathematical thinking and the development of  writing and reading skills from the early years of basic education to develop children's problem-solving capacities within different contexts. It furthermore contributes to the construction and strengthening of their self-recognition as individuals capable of learning and participating actively in this world of constant motion. Palabrario & Numerario focuses on the quality of education,responding to the needs that the country has identified, through teacher's training and implementation of a series of educational tools that allows to transform the classrooms practices and directly impact on children's competencies.