Activity: Improving the quality of basic education in low income schools through an innovative educational model
Name of the Organization: Fundacion Escuela Nueva
Geographical reach: International
Number of beneficiaries: 5,000,000
Project Representative: Ms Vicky Colbert
About the Project
Initiated in 1975 in rural Colombia, Escuela Nueva – “New School” in Spanish – is a learning model set up in response to problems of education, incomplete schooling, high dropout rates, high repetition, weak school-community relationships, low teacher morale, ineffective teacher training and the lack of children’s learning materials. Since then, it has been adapted to urban and migrant populations and adopted by 14 countries, reaching over 5 million children.
Modules allow students to advance at their own pace. Children use learning corners with local materials, a small classroom library and are organized in school governments with committees and instruments promoting participation. This has proved an excellent way of handling diversity in age, grade, gender, and culture. Teacher training is experiential and teachers modify their role from transmitters of facts to facilitators and advisers of children. They support each other and promote positive attitudinal change through learning circles and local networks.
Close partnerships with: Ministry of Education Colombia, Secretary of Education of Boyaca / Santander / Putumayo, etc., Ecopetrol, The National Federation of Coffee Growers, Maslaha, Motorola Foundation, Skoll Foundation, Clinton Global Initiative, UNICEF, World Bank, Plan International, Yidan Foundation etc.