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Cooperative classroom: Súmate Foundation's commitment to re-enter school

March 25, 2019
Communications Colunga Foundation

Six years ago, the Súmate Foundation works to support young people who wish to finish school education through their re-entry schools. Today they are betting on a new form of education that they will perfect thanks to the support of the Strengthening Fund Colunga 2018.

In its beginnings, the foundation focused on the thematic classrooms, then they moved on to the classrooms of the future and in 2018 they began the implementation of the cooperative classroom. Thanks to an internship they did in Madrid, they were able to learn about the experience of Padre Piquer Training Center. "There we saw this model, where we were struck by the fact that the structure and organization that it had made it possible for students to be motivated, improve their attendance and their grades, but especially that they were in school every day," Monica Chacón, Executive Director of Súmate Foundation.

Photo: Súmate Foundation - Colegio Nuevo Futuro de Lota.

They did so as a strategy to improve the percentage of student attendance, since the foundation's re-entry schools have the objective of supporting children and young people excluded from the regular education system, who have already experienced desertion. However, the cooperative classroom model is not a true copy of the Madrid experience. The school professionals generated a special methodological strategy.

The social innovation of the project

Cooperative classroom focuses on three areas: the creation of spaces that respond to the educational needs of all students; that the student generates his own learnings and the teacher is a facilitator of the process; that teachers work collaboratively, both in the execution of the classes and in the planning. They use a methodology called Project-Based Learning (ABP), where students create a challenging question to something they want to answer and through that question a project is generated.

"This methodology allows the interaction of both teachers and students. All spaces are generated to respond to the different educational needs of our students ", emphasizes Mónica Chacón.

Photo: Súmate Foundation - Colegio Nuevo Futuro de Lota.

The support of Colunga

In 2018, Fundación Colunga opened a special call for its Strengthening Fund for Biobío, due to the fact that this region has the second concentration of people living in poverty throughout the country. Of the 15 applicant organizations, 10 went through an improvement process together with Colunga, where they perfected the design and management of their programs. Súmate Foundation was one of the winning organizations and will be supported by Colunga with financing, accompaniment and training for 3 years.

"One of the valuable things that the process had was to have new knowledge in relation to strategies that we did not handle, which allowed us to see the evolution of our project. It was an intense job, "says Mónica.

With the Strengthening Fund, they hope to systematize a methodology that "generates learning in the students of the re-entry schools and contributes to the creation of a public policy that responds to the young people who are outside the educational system", concludes the Executive Director of Fundación Join me

Photo: Súmate Foundation - Colegio Nuevo Futuro de Lota.

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