PROGRAM DESIGN CLARITY: We are hungry to know more about what exactly your model consists of. Please succinctly list a) what main activities are you doing with your beneficiaries, b) where you carry out the activities? c) how often? d) for how many hours? e) who delivers the services? and f) any other brief details
a) *Blind people: human development, training and labor inclusion
*Children and adults: playful and innovative Workshops, implemented by visually impaired coordinators, which strengthen their emotional intelligence and relationships with others
b) Public school
c) Every month during one semester
d) 2.5 hours per workshop
e) Visually impaired students trained as facilitators
f) We would like to bring evidence of how facilitators from a vulnerable group (disability) can help children become change agents and create healthier relationships and environments, preventing violence.
INSPIRATION: What do you consider the most important trends or evidence that inspire you to believe the world is ready to Re-imagine Learning? Please elaborate.
Traditional education is based on the assumption that knowledge can be transferred from a person in authority -the teacher- to another person -the 'passive recipient' or student-.
This passive role of students is the cause of declining motivation at the root of the so-called 'educational crisis', failing to educate for the needs of the individual as a member of a wider community.
We believe in the urgency of a new paradigm of education in which students have a much more active role and the valuable outcomes of the educational process includes growth of collaboration, empathy and creativity.
LEARNING THROUGH PLAY: What does “learning through play” mean to you and why it is a must-have, instead of a nice to have?
We believe ‘play’ fosters creative thinking and optimize child’s social, emotional, physical and cognitive development. We are certain that learning through play strengthens peer relationships and social skills.
We consider this is a must-have nowadays since we need to prepare our children not only to be enterprising and strategic thinkers but also to develop a strong sense of social awareness and team work. They will need this kind of abilities in order to face better the pressing environmental and social problems in an increasingly technology-driven and constantly changing world.
SUSTAINABILITY: Please list a quick breakdown of your funding, indicating the percentage that comes from each source.
FUNDING SOURCE AMOUNT PERCENTAGE
DINNERS 1,471,700 39
WORKSHOPS 174,010 5
EXPOS 32,500 1
DONATIONS 495,070 13
GIFTS WITH A CAUSe 317,341 8
PARTNERSHIPS AND ACTIVATION 1,316,000 35
TOTAL 2013 3,806,621 100
MODEL: How does your mission relate to your business model (i.e. Non-profit, for-profit or hybrid)?
We offer training and development of visually impaired and create social awareness towards the 'abilities of disability' through sensory experiences they lead. With these, we generate opportunities for labor inclusion for our blind students as we raise social awareness towards diversity and generate income for the association.
Our philosophy and hybrid system generates important social impact as well as sustainability of the organization.
FUNDING PRIORITIES: If your organization were given $20K in unrestricted funding today, how would you use it? Why?
We would use these resources to implement playful workshops for children in public shools, showing, by example of visually impaired, the importance of removing labels on people to go further and see the value that people have beyond those labels.
PARTNERSHIPS: Tell us about your partnerships that enhance your approach.
Our allies (associations and universities) are key to our mission: they provide us technology and adequate spaces to teach the classes and give our workshops.
We work with them on a win-win situation in which they provide something we need to carry out our activities, and they receive from us workshops for their personnel and students to improve they work and school environment.
COLLABORATIONS: Have you considered or initiated partnerships with any of the other Challenge Pacesetters? If so, please share.
VISION: If you had unlimited funding, and you could fast forward 15 years to when your program has been able to achieve wild success - what will it have achieved?
Given this scenario, we would have continued working to train more people with visual disabilities to become workshop leaders and through their experience, they wpuld have replicated the model in public and private schools.
The model would have helped create more peaceful, harmonious and diverse environments at schools and provide better disposition for learning.
IMPACT - KEY METRICS: Please list the key data points that you would cite as evidence that you are able to achieve lasting learning outcomes. Please also share one data point for which you most hope to see better results over time
As part of the construction of the case, we would carry out a school climate questionnaire before and after the workshops, in order to measure the impact of our experiences. Indicators would focus on directors, teachers and student’s perceptions of peer and student-teacher relationships -regarding acceptance, trust, empathy, collaboration and conflict prevention- and the effect those have on the learning environment.
APPROACHES: Given the complexity of play, it is not surprising that there have been numerous research attempts to categorize the different types and approaches! Please indicate which of the following your project focuses on.
AFFILIATION: Please specify if your organization has any existing affiliations with the LEGO Group.