About the Project
This project is one of the 2020 WISE Awards winners.
The Call for Applications for the 2021 WISE Awards is now open.
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E4S works in versatile contexts, where the following issues are a common threat:
- Educational systems that don’t respond to current social challenges (violence, discrimination, apathy, and corruption)
- Educators that lack of teaching tools to make learning a channel that responds to the needs and characteristics of their students. The traditional educational curriculum is focused in delivering information, just the basic theory.
- School contexts that doesn’t consider an approach based on sustainability (lack of knowledge about the greatest global challenges to share a sense of co-responsibility)
Solution and Approach
E4S model is based on the power of play, as an effective mechanism of dialogue between teachers and students. E4S connects current challenges with the syllabus of schools using Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a reference.
E4S uses a play-reflect-act framework that encourages educators to teach dynamically and to promote children’s participation:
The overall teachers’ experience:
Informative session > Initial training given by local facilitators of E4S operative team > Implementation of play sessions with their students
Teachers have the ability to make any adjustment of the model according to their context; they delimit the activities that will potentiate the skills of their students.
Impact and Future development
E4S evaluation show the following outcomes:
90% of teachers believe that E4S changed the way students learn science.
Teachers consider that E4S provided them with the skills and tools to plan and structure their classes.
After one and a half year of E4S intervention, teachers noticed that the reflective capacity of girls and boys had improved.
E4S long-term goal is to ensure the sustainability of its impact by:
- Strengthening teachers’ training.
- Developing a program that will include technological resources (downloadable audiovisual capsules) to reach Europe and Africa.
E4S team is working on a specialized training for early childhood educators. Its objective will be oriented to promote socioemotional and cognitive development for children between 3 to 6 years.