Background III International Congress of Escuelas Nuevas

The 2015 EFA Global Monitoring Report states that “there has been tremendous progress across the world since 2000 [regarding education] – but we are not there yet. Despite all efforts by governments, civil society and the international community, the world has not achieved Education for All.” (p. i)

Reaching the 2015 deadline established in 2000 at the World Education Forum in Dakar around EFA goals -aimed at meeting the learning needs of all children, youth and adults- is still a work in progress. Worldwide, there are 58 million out-of-school children and around 100 million do not complete primary education. Furthermore, the most vulnerable of all remain deprived of their right to education (UNESCO, 2015). According to Schiefelbein (2000), Latin America has made great efforts to reach the EFA goals but with scarce results. Although there has been an increase in public spending on education, quality is still a challenge in the region. Lack of evaluation/monitoring and teachers’ training, as well as poor educational policies, contribute to this situation. In addition, failure to study and learn from past failures and successes impedes adequate educational planning, spending, and intervention.

The Third International Congress of Escuelas Nuevas (the Congress), that will be held from 10 to the 11th of November 2016,  builds on the previous two editions and seeks to contribute to the global discussion around issues of quality of basic education; particularly about innovative and flexible educational models that promote active, cooperative, and personalized learning. This congress will mobilize different levels of reflections, alliances and debates around an education that improves the lives of the underserved in Latin America and the world.

Fundación Escuela Nueva Volvamos a la Gente

Fundación Escuela Nueva (FEN) is a Colombian NGO founded in 1987 by the authors of the Escuela Nueva pedagogical model and the core team that pioneered and developed the program. It provides educational solutions to improve the quality, efficiency and sustainability of education and leads a global movement focused on improving the life chances and opportunities of the underserved through quality education that promotes active and cooperative learning, centered on the learner empowering and enabling them as individuals.

The Escuela Nueva pedagogical model is a world renowned social innovation that provides a low cost, systemic, replicable and scalable solution to the challenge of quality education. According to the World Bank (1989), it is one of the three most outstanding reforms in developing countries worldwide that has gone to national scale and positively impacted public policy. In addition, numerous studies and evaluations conducted over the last decades on the Escuela Nueva model have evidenced results in improving academic achievements as well as the formation of democratic behaviors and peaceful social interaction among children. Originated in Colombia, the Escuela Nueva model has been implemented and adapted to more than 16 countries worldwide reaching approximately 5+ million children.

Further, the Congress is a launch of a global movement being led by FEN, which aims to improve the learning and life opportunities of the underserved through quality education that promotes active, empowering and cooperative child centered learning. As designed, the Congress will contribute to the global discussion around issues of quality of education; particularly about innovative and flexible educational models that promote active, cooperative, and personalized learning.

Concept

Fundamentally, the Congress responds to the post-2015 Education for All agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals.  Through a variety of presentation modes, the Congress will contribute to the transformation of the educational status quo by showcasing relevant research from academia and examples of the Escuela Nueva Activa™  (ENA) pedagogical model in practice, with a focus on critical factors required to develop/reform educational systems to address the world’s current educational challenges.

The Congress focuses on engaging networks for systemic change and holistic education system reform, particularly related to the right to education, teacher training, and the adequate use of technology. Within these overarching themes, the Congress will address current and vital issues in education to which learner centered pedagogies that promote active, cooperative, and personalized learning, such as the ENA model, contribute; specifically, a) peace and democracy; b) conflict/post-conflict; c) vulnerable and hard to reach populations; d) deep learning; e) life skills development; f) new teacher’s role; g) equity and social justice, and h) non-formal education. Conference participants are invited to address these topics from their particular expertise.


 Objectives

  1. Analyze pedagogical, political and strategic implications of addressing current and vital issues through learner centered pedagogies that promote active, cooperative, and personalized learning.
  2. Discuss lessons learned and best practices from different Escuelas Nuevas experiences in Latin America and the world.
  3. Strengthen a long-term community of practice (CoP) around issues related to varied experiences about innovative and flexible educational models that promote active, cooperative, and personalized learning.
  4. Enable discussion and interaction among members of the CoP to leverage their networks, strengthen their work and generate knowledge.

Participants

Featured presenters include renowned scholars such as Michael Fullan (U Toronto), David Kirp (U Berkeley) , Santiago Rincón-Gallardo (U Toronto), Thomas Luschei (CGU), Angela Little (London U), Andy Hargreaves (Boston College), Enrique Chaux (U Colombia), Robert Arnove (Indiana U), Michael Nakkula (UPenn), Ernesto Schiefelbein (Unesco), and Denise Vaillant (U Barcelona), among others. In addition, community-based practitioners will be invited to bring their expertise in the field to enrich the conversation in various topic areas.

Our target Audience is teachers, students, scholars, educational authorities, community leaders and representatives of governments, NGOs, international development agencies, etc. More information

Estimated number of participants: 1.500 (1/4 international).

Register

The registration process consists of two parts:

  1. Filling out participant’s information
  2. Make payment

Please note that if you don’t complete the registration process (i.e., participant’s info + payment) you will not be included in the database of participants of the III CIEN. More information

Participation Opportunities

Underwriting for the Congress will keep the registration cost affordable, assuring that all who wish to participate in the Congress, especially practitioners/teachers from the region, will have the opportunity to do so. Information for participation opportunities is available on a separate document. More information

Our Allies

  • IDB Inter-American Development Bank 
  • Secretaría de Educación de Bogotá
  • Ministerio de Educación Nacional de Colombia
  • Universidad del Rosario
  • Cydesys
  • BDO
  • Fundación Bolívar Davivienda
  • Ashoka
  • Fundación Promigas
  • Cotopaxi

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