Focus on: Tomás Clemens, Executive Director of Fundación Colorearte

August 7, 2019
Communications Colunga Foundation

“Our biggest challenge is to continue to be a contribution to quality education in Chile”

Strengthening the skills necessary for the 21st century through art is the objective of the methodological work of Fundación Colorearte. We talked with Tomás Clemens, Executive Director of the organization, to know in detail about his work.

How did you get to civil society?

My approach to this sector was along with Color, in the year 2018. Although we are a new foundation, the project began in 2004, when the dream of contributing to Chilean education emerges, enhancing soft skills through art. Personally, it makes me happy to be a contribution to civil society, understanding, making visible and impacting the problems of the community.

What is the organization currently working on?

We are in the process of accompanying teachers who participate in our annual contest, an initiative supported by the Mustakis Foundation and sponsored by the Ministries of Education, Environment and Cultures, Arts and Heritage. This year there are 797 registered teams, with 730 teachers and 17,822 students from 630 educational establishments in the 16 regions of Chile.

Photo: Color you

What is your biggest challenge?

Our biggest challenge is to continue to be a contribution to quality education in Chile. Support teachers of vulnerable, rural and unifying schools, and strengthen in them and their students the essential soft skills for the 21st century: critical thinking, creativity, collaboration and communication. All through the implementation of project-based learning methodologies and processes. We want to adapt to new times, new technologies and make the foundation sustainable over time.

How has your experience been at ColungaHUB?

We have been a short time, but it has been very pleasant, highlighting mainly the cordiality of the entire Colunga team. We find good spaces, good location and a climate of interaction with other organizations.

What results do you hope to achieve with ColungaHUB?

We hope to continue learning how to be a better foundation, to empower and consolidate it.

Photo: Color you

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