Learning Workshops

 The Foundation considers education to be the strategy par excellence to defeat poverty and violence, so from the outset it focused its actions on helping children and young people succeed in their primary and secondary education studies with a view to their entry into higher education.

Is the set of actions by which they discover the joy of learning, they are being attracted and challenged by knowledge. They discover that they can, that they are competent, and thus they strengthen their confidence and move on at their own pace. This is a way for them to start dreaming about going far.

One condition for admitting children and young people at the Foundation is that they are enrolled in an educational institution. If they are not, deadlines are set for them to do so as soon as possible. The aim is to get children and young people go to school and make the most of the opportunities it offers them.

In many cases, moms enroll their children in the Foundation because they do poorly in school, among other reasons because they do not do their homework. So, the question is: How to plan and work from the Foundation to make children and young people enthusiastic about learning?

So far, we have two answers. The first one is that we need to help children and young people improve their academic performance at school, which includes being sure they do their homework. This avoids the risk that they will be poorly evaluated and may fail. Second, the big challenge is to get them enthusiastic about learning and inquiring, so they start to build the answers themselves. To this end, we have focused on the following four areas: reading and writing, mathematics, English, and the arts.

Reading and writing, as the activity that opens the doors to all knowledge, questions, and inquisitiveness. Children can choose freely among the available books suitable for their age, and we guide and motivate them to enjoy the pleasure of reading.

Mathematics, as one of the critical areas for understanding the world and to promote the ability to think logically, to think abstractly, to create and imagine.

 

 

English, to maximize reading skills. ability, because reading in Spanish is a great step, reading in English the leap towards knowledge is gigantic.

 

 

 

Arts, as strategies that invite children to learn actively. Through the arts, children and young people discover the pleasure of dancing, performing, playing an instrument, painting or singing. They discover that they can create and produce. Rehearsals help to enhance skills such as concentration, discipline, and teamwork, and when performing in public, self-esteem is strengthened.

     Methods and resources 

The 50 children in the morning are grouped into 4 classrooms. The first one is for children in the foundation stage and in 1st grade, the second one for children in 2nd and 3rd grades, the third one for those in 4th and 5th grades, and the last one for children from 6th to 11th grades. The same distribution is used in the afternoon. This means that each classroom holds an average of 12 children and that there are children from the foundation stage to 11th grade.

The challenge is how to look after all of them, providing individualized attention, adjusting to their own level and speed of learning and with tutors who are mostly university students, some of them in the pre-university stage.

To that end, a method was chosen according to which every child progresses according to their level, without relying on others, with the tutor having a role of mentor, helping when the child experiences difficulties, recording progress and helping to create an atmosphere of concentration and learning, where the tutor is also a learning subject, and perhaps the one who learns the most.

This methodology of individual work is best served with computer platforms, as every child progresses at their own pace. The platform itself tells them if they are wrong and how to correct their mistakes. Every child determines their learning pace. The role of the tutor is to analyze and detect whether the children are adapted to the learning process if they are having difficulties, and, more importantly, to help them set challenges and monitor whether or not they meet them and why.

 For reading training, there is a wide collection of books of children's and youth literature of the best quality, as they are part of the specialized collections distributed by publishers and used by state and independent schools. In addition, there are newspaper and magazine materials whose contents interest children, as well as a varied collection of readings and literature on the Internet that is available to children. Tutors and other volunteers who come to collaborate on this task with children have designed a varied and creative number of reading strategies.

In terms of mathematics teaching, the most interesting tools are specialized platforms or programs, which are used by every child according to their level and rhythm. Every child progresses at their own pace, depending on the topic for the day, and the platform itself tells them whether they have answered adequately to the suggested exercises and assessments.

Since the beginning of 2019, the following three platforms have been mainly used: first, the subscription-based learning site IXL, which ranks highly among the world’s tools for learning mathematics; secondly, Khan Academy, a free, non-commercial platform developed by Professor Khan in the United States with the aim of teaching mathematics to the world's children; and thirdly, the CODE platform that, assimilated to the field of mathematics, aims to allow children to learn to program.

The Foundation aims to enable children and young people to be trained to produce computer developments, avoiding being only consumers of technologies.

English teaching is one of the areas that require more effort and creativity. Without specialized teachers, various motivational strategies must be used for tutors to learn with children as they use the tools provided by the Internet. The web offers countless resources, such as stories, songs, and literature. It is one of the most useful, in addition to other resources specialized in teaching English to children.

 

  

 

The innovative aspect is not really that children use technology to improve their learning, this has been proven for many years. The novel part lies in the organization and structure of the Foundation, which has allowed it to work with these children.

As a social project, we seek to adopt different forms of learning with the intervention of technology, generating conditions for it to be operational and developing learning and communication skills in such a way that they contribute to increasing the participation of all beneficiaries.