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- Developing a Plan for Environmental Education, which includes Darwin's Backpack tool
B- Southern Chile - Rural Schools Araucania Region
C- The Plan for environmental education lasts a school year.
D- At least 2 hours per day
E- Professional of the NGOs Socio-environmental AUGERN
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.
We cannot keep doing things the same way, this has brought us to where we are today. How we have our planet and how we are relating as a society. Therefore, we must change the way of doing things and one of them is to have new strategies for education; which are closer, empathetic, innovative and relevant to the cultural and environmental context in which they develop.
LEARNING THROUGH PLAY: What does “learning through play” mean to you and why it is a must-have, instead of a nice to have?
Whereas the children live daily interacting with the world through games. It is relevant to a learning tool that links the theme of "play". And even more on issues such as the protection and care of the environment, where many concepts, scientific and technical elements may be distant to children. Therefore, this idea of learning through play is key to getting information to children. Considering it as a key element to address thematic sometimes distant for them.
SUSTAINABILITY: Please list a quick breakdown of your funding, indicating the percentage that comes from each source.
Currently our funding source are the bidding funds from public and private entities. Our project aims to create a model of "sponsorship" of public agencies, private companies, social foundations and private schools, to rural schools.
MODEL: How does your mission relate to your business model (i.e. Non-profit, for-profit or hybrid)?
The mission of our nonprofit NGO is totally related to the model of "sponsorship" we seek to build our networks and partnerships. Since, funding seeks to establish Darwin's Backpack in rural schools and focused.
FUNDING PRIORITIES: If your organization were given $20K in unrestricted funding today, how would you use it? Why?
- Improving the design and production of Darwin's Backpack
- Study on the impact generated in schools and children
- Knowledge of the work of other tools for environmental education internationally
- Generating networks nationwide
PARTNERSHIPS: Tell us about your partnerships that enhance your approach.
We are creating partnerships with regional university, local municipalities, foundations and private schools. This is to generate a model of "sponsorship" to rural schools that we want to focus on.
COLLABORATIONS: Have you considered or initiated partnerships with any of the other Challenge Pacesetters? If so, please share.
Yes, we have received tremendous fed back. Which has us motivated to establish partnerships with some of the participants. And to bring our Darwin's Backpack to other countries and regions. Moreover, to know other experiences in this area; as it is environmental education.
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?
Established in all regions of our Chile. Generating Plans for environmental education with our Darwin's Backpack in rural schools in Peru, Bolivia, Argentina, Brazil, Ecuador, Colombia and Venezuela. This shows that our success is defined by our product is replicable in other countries and can be established in the cultural contexts of each zone.
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
- Amount of benefitted rural schools
- Amount of incorporated children
- Environmental Education plans generated
- Generated networks
- Backpacks given
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.
Providing a Range of Opportunities (providing the equipment and materials needed for various types of play).
AFFILIATION: Please specify if your organization has any existing affiliations with the LEGO Group.