LINES OF WORK
EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION:
We support early education through a comprehensive model that fosters the development of children under 5 years of age in marginal urban and rural regions. Due to its success, our program has become one of the vehicles to implement the government’s national public policy on early education De Cero a Siempre. In this line of work we have also developed a model that seeks to find the best route to successful transit of children and their families to formal education.
SCHOOL STRENGTHENING FOR K12:
We implement programs in vulnerable public schools to improve their academic quality by training teachers with innovative teaching skills, guiding curriculum changes that reflect best pedagogical practices, and providing students with up to date materials and learning tools. We also empower parents and the community to participate as responsible actors in the children’s education.
INTELLECTUAL DEVELOPMENT AND INFLUENCING PUBLIC POLICY:
In this transverse focus, we work closely with the government and public and private institutions to positively influence and shape education policy in Colombia. In addition, we articulate our programs with public policies to ensure its relevance and potential sustainability. We evaluate and document our work generating knowledge, lessons learned and good practices available to others.
Why education in Colombia?
Where we work:
It is universally acknowledged that education is one of the most impactful means through which to support a child in need. It yields immediate returns that resonate in their life and that of their families, and long-term prosperity for the society at large. However, inspite of the important progress worldwide in increasing the quality and provision for schooling and comprehensive childhood care, over 250 million children of elementary school age are unable to write. According to the UN, around 70 million children worldwide are unable to attend school.
In Colombia alone, around 1 million children do not attend school, with 500,000 children unable to read or write. Recent nationwide exams have shown that many elementary school students in Colombia are still not performing to a satisfactory standard reading, writing and mathematics. With reading and writing considered the base for successful performance in school and in life, extra focus is needed to reverse this predicament.
Although Colombia is preparing for a peaceful end to a conflict that has lasted over 50 years, poverty rates in rural areas that have hosted conflict activity remain high and the need to increase education coverage in these areas especially has never been more appropriate. Despite the conflict backdrop, Colombia has experienced sustained economic growth that has enabled the government to increase education provision. Nonetheless social and economic development problems persist and education ought to play a key part in dealing with such challenges. Multidimensional and comprehensive training and education platforms are key components in the development of a child’s capacity to adapt and develop socially. From this, a significant need to foster conditions and create opportunities for comprehensive education and early childhood care has arisen. Such tools enable people in need to develop autonomy and widen their skills base with a view contributing towards their social development, right from infancy and through into early adulthood.