Towards a new education

October 9, 2019
Communications Colunga Foundation

Chilean children and adolescents suffer from the worst mental health in the world, they reveal studies carried out by the department of psychiatry of the University of Chile and reports delivered by the World Health Organization (WHO).

With the aim of lowering these rates and avoiding excessive school stress, the Education Commission of the Chilean Senate approved, on Wednesday, September 4, a Bill that seeks to eliminate numerical grades up to the 4th Basic year.

However, this aspiration has opened a broader debate around the learning experiences we are giving in educational establishments.

Alejandra Arratia, Executive Director of Education 2020, an organization belonging to ColungaHUB, says it agrees with the Fund of the Project, as it promotes a necessary conversation that separates the concepts of evaluation Y qualification: “We still have the fantasy that a number tells me a lot about learning. But, in reality, it is not very clear about what I have learned and what my next challenge would be. ” In that sense, he warns: "The world changed and the classrooms, many times, remain the same as a hundred years ago."

That is why, currently, Education 2020 is driving innovative learning experiences, "that allow linking different disciplines, such as mathematics and language, and linking students to the territory in which they are inserted." Alejandra concludes.

In this same line, Grow with All Foundation, supported by Fundación Colunga since 2017, it aims to ensure that all children, who today live in vulnerable contexts, read and write comprehensively from 1st Basic, applying an interactive and innovative methodology that motivates critical thinking and ability of argumentation.

Paula Cruzat, founder and Executive Director of Grow with All, emphasizes that it is essential to start a debate regarding the lessons that students should obtain in the classroom, especially considering the high access to information we face in the 21st century: “It seems key that the students develop their reading comprehension capacity from the first years, and learn not only to look for information, but, above all, to evaluate it ”.

Meanwhile, the Observatory of the Game It addresses the new challenges of learning in the classroom with the use of analog games. Supported by the Colunga Innovative Fund since 2017, the project Playful Laboratory, seeks to promote well-being, inclusion and participation of students, teachers and guardians of four schools in Chile, through recreational strategies.

Daniel Barría, Executive Director who heads this latest project, reflects: “You have to understand what kind of people you learn today. How do we generate motivating activities in children and young people? That is the challenge we are trying to overcome. ” In that sense, he explains the innovation generated in the classroom by the proposal of guided games: “Board games reinforce things that digital is taking away from us, such as the one-to-one relationship, looking into each other's eyes and empathizing with the other".

Undoubtedly, there are more and more innovative proposals that arise from organized civil society to overcome the challenges that lie ahead, to improve education in the context of the global changes we are experiencing as a society.

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