The aim of Colegio San Ignacio is to educate students and teach them to read reality in order to improve it.
About Your Organization
Colegio San Ignacio San Sebastián, Jesuitas
Spain, GP, San Sebastián
Country where this project is creating social impact
Spain, GP, SAn Sebastián
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Established (past the previous stages and has demonstrated success)
How long has your solution been in operation?
Operating for 1‐5 years
The Need: What problem are you trying to solve?
The school’s mission is to educate our students in their social and cultural context, offering them a place to learn including experiences and opportunities for being and becoming individuals with capacities and desire to compromise in social transformation.
With this in mind, we are developing in our School this Project called “Migrations”. Students are made aware of the causes and consequences of this phenomenon.
We thus intend to achieve a deeper, more individual and human analysis that would drive the student’s desire to action, to concrete options of values and personal attitudes and to compromise with social transformation in the context we are living in.
The Solution: What is your solution? Be specific!
This is an interdisciplinary project. Each work team analyses the situation of migrating individuals from each of the continents from different perspectives, according to the project’s section (South America and Central America, Europe, Africa, Eastern Countries and Asia). Within each section, a group of three students prepares a brief regarding different issues as proposed by each teacher. We evaluate the fulfillment of each objective per competence. For example, we evaluate the competences of social transformation or the sympathetic look at reality. After this, each group of students interviews a migrating individual to analyze the attitudes of our students towards multiculturalism and to prepare two concrete transformation initiatives. Finally, the whole project is presented to all the students.
The Model: Walk us through a specific example of how your solution makes a difference; include your primary activities
We have learned several things through this Project. On the one hand, the project brought a change of attitude, since students were able to see that their way of life and culture does not necessarily needs to be imitated; they were able to realize that they were lucky to live in the “rich” side and that this does not mean they are superior; students became aware of their prejudice, they have learned to work as a team and see reality differently.
On the other hand, our students became aware of the creative ideas they can develop to devote themselves to others and to transform the world we live in through the different initiatives proposed. Some of them are listed below:
- creating an orchestra composed by individuals from different countries and our school’s volunteers in order to perform in nearby retirement homes.
- meeting the different migrants in the school’s environment. Several workshops can then be created (cooking, folk dance, clothing, languages, etc.) where we could all learn from each other.
- training – help for migrants: students at school can help migrants who have recently arrived to the city to learn the local language, and they can also – through their testimony, help change the way young people see them so that we can all live in a more inclusive society.
The Marketplace: Who are your peers and competitors? Identify others also working to address the needs you are and what differentiates you from them. What challenges could these players pose to your success or growth?
We can see how other schools in our environment are also working with evangelic and human values differently. Similarly, within Company of Jesus Schools we have different projects with the same objectives and we are working together to make a better world. These are facts that bring us together and enable joint work. They are known within the Company as good practice projects and make us stand apart from other schools.
Now that you have thought out your entry, help us pitch it.
Define your company, program, service, or product in 1-2 short sentences [136 characters]
This project’s aim is to build students’ awareness of the causes and consequences of migration
Identify what is innovative about your solution in 1-2 short sentences [136 characters]
The Project is innovative as it promotes new attitudes in students and takes them to transforming action.
This Entry is about (Issues)
What has been the impact of your solution to date?
The generated impact is that students are willing to carry on in practising the initiatives they have planned. In this case, and together with other social insertion work of the Company of Jesus, Loiolaetxea, we will carry out one of the initiatives proposed by different groups.
What is your projected impact over the next 1-3 years?
We expect for the next few years to have the project introduced in other Company centers, thanks to the promotion of this and other projects, also being developed in the Company.
What barriers might hinder the success of your project? How do you plan to overcome them?
Although this project is defined in the school’s strategic plan as a priority, we believe it would be necessary to deal with it at an interdisciplinary level, in order to loosen the barriers we would have to face.
Winning entries present a strong plan for how they will achieve and track growth. Identify your six-month milestone for growing your impact
Socialization of the Project as good practice in our school network and initiatives kick-off.
Identify three major tasks you will have to complete to reach your six-month milestone
.Preparing the presentation for promotion.
Organizing students so that they may carry out the initiatives.
Evaluating the project throughout the course, in order to be able to present areas to be improved for the following year
Now think bigger! Identify your 12-month impact milestone
Being able to carry out the same project in other Company schools.
Identify three major tasks you will have to complete to reach your 12-month milestone
Formally present the Project before the school Management and teachers’ staff.
Look for individuals involved with the project that are willing to undertake the same.
Carry follow-ups to help with its introduction and improvement.
Founding Story: We want to hear about your "Aha!" moment. Share the story of where and when the founder(s) saw this solution's potential to change the world [125 words]
The truth is that this project was created by a group of teachers who saw that through the different school subjects, each of us was working on the same topics but just differently. We found the need to centralize energies and resources and set out a common task, a common project. What started as a simple wish of transforming the way our students looked at migrants has turned out to have a greater impact than the one we had originally expected, since the Company of Jesus has acknowledged it as a good practice. They could see the real potential this project has as a possible change of the society we live in.
Tell us about your partnerships
Our Alliance is formed by the Company of Jesus, several of its Works such as Loiolaetxea, Deusto University, CVX, Alboan, which support our project through their teachers.
What type of team (staff, volunteers, etc.) will ensure that you achieve the growth milestones identified in the Social Impact section? [75 words]
The school’s teacher staff, the Management and the above mentioned allied entities.
Please elaborate on any needs or offers you have mentioned above and/or suggest categories of support that aren't specified within the list
Educators who are willing and committed to embracing the project, they truly believe in it and bring their bit so that we would all be able to transmit to the students the idea that they can also help in social transformation.
Being able to inspire other Company centers this enthusiasm.