Democratic values in the School

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Democratic values in the School

SpainMadrid, Spain
Project Stage:
Idea
Budget: 
$10,000 - $50,000
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

Concise Summary: Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

Explaining Democracy to children through the Constitution in order to help them better understand how we have arrived to where we are today.

About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

- Explaining 7-8 years old children (and older) the principles of the democratic system and promoting its assimilation in order to help create collective awareness through values such as solidarity, empathy and respect. These values are to be made part of how they lead their lives and shall prepare them as citizens capable of improving and transmitting the same. - Providing a supporting resource for teachers for managing coexistence problems and conflict resolution. - Introducing democratic system rules in primary schools Coexistence Plans as preventive tool for conflict resolution and for reducing the application of punishments. - Improving school coexistence and reducing bullying.

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

The Solution: What is your solution? Be specific! A program including: - Teaching material: a) a text explaining the Spanish Constitution and fables on the origin of Democracy and on how our system works to children; this material should be read by teachers during the “General Meetings” or tutorships held weekly in each class, b) debating in class on how to apply certain values to common situations, c) class activities covering different subjects, d) activities suggested to be discussed at home and later in class. - Why did we choose the Constitution? Because it gathers our society’s coexistence values and rules, independently from the ideology and religion of their citizens. - Why should it be read by teachers? In order to reinforce the perception of moral authority by students. - Why is it directed to 7-8 years old students? Because at that age children start to be interested in coexistence rules and how to solve their conflicts.
Impact: How does it Work

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

My aim is to introduce the initiative (material and specifications for the project) to the State or Self-Governing Community Observatory of School Coexistence so that it may be studied in a commission formed by representatives of the school community. Once the project has been discussed, the program would be carried out in a 25 public schools sample, creating work teams with participating teachers in order to draw and present its conclusions. The program has 15 workshops divided into 6 modules. Each workshop includes: - Reading part of the text of the Constitution explained to children or one of the fables explaining the origin of Democracy and how it works. Teachers should read these texts to the students. - Debating among students and their teacher on the concepts dealt with in the text and applicable to real situations and conflicts that may have taken place among them. - Arts and crafts, plays and musical activities in which teachers for different school subjects may participate, aimed at reinforcing assimilation and application of the concepts learned. - Home activities aimed at establishing a dialogue with the families on the concepts learned in class linking what is learned at school and at home. - Creating a web page to coordinate the work, connect the schools involved in the study and provide complementary material.
Sustainability

Marketplace: Who else is addressing the problem outlined here? How does the proposed project differ from these approaches?

The school community is deeply concerned about “educating on values” and several interesting initiatives. The Ministry of Education has recently announced the creation of a school subject on Civic Education and the Constitution. Its application to primary school has not been defined yet, as a joint decision together with other organizations is still pending. Since the project is not limited only to explaining the constitution but rather to analyzing the values inspiring the same, the project “Democratic Values in the School” will give all children the possibility of learning shared values in a multicultural society – learning the values shared by the different religions – and would help them get ready to assimilate more complex concepts in High School.
About You
Organization:
La Consti en el Plan de Convivencia
About You
First Name

Cristina

Last Name

Calle Alvarez

About Your Organization
Organization Name

La Consti en el Plan de Convivencia

Organization Country

, MD, Madrid

Country where this project is creating social impact

, MD

Your role in Education

Parent.

The type of school(s) your solution is affiliated with

Public (tuition-free)

How long has your organization been operating?

Less than a year

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Innovation
How long has your solution been in operation?

Operating for less than a year

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]

Explaining Democracy to children through the Constitution to help them better understand how we have arrived to where we are today

Identify what is innovative about your solution in 1-2 short sentences [136 characters]

We incorporate democratic rules and values in schools’ Coexistence Plans for prevention and resolution of conflicts.

Social Impact
What has been the impact of your solution to date?

Celebrating the Constitution’s first 25 years, three years ago we started a workshop for two months in 3rd grade primary school in Madrid. The result was that, surprisingly, children showed great interest in the content and activities offered. According to the teacher, children’s behavior in class improved.
During the days prior to “Constitution Day” celebration, the blog featuring the text of the Constitution explained for children registered between 200 and 300 daily visits.

What is your projected impact over the next 1-3 years?

Reaching other Self Governing Communities with this program in their school coexistence plans in order to improve school coexistence and increase tolerance and empathy. The latter can be obtained helping students speak their minds and expressing how they feel in class in debates coordinated by teachers.
I also expect this Project to impact on children, their schools and families and to extend its impact on society as a whole. It could serve as model for other societies, particularly those with high levels of multiculturalism.

What barriers might hinder the success of your project? How do you plan to overcome them?

1. In spite of the fact that at present the school community seems to agree on the need of transmitting democratic values at school, disagreement arise due to the different approaches, none of which are against teaching the Constitution. In order to overcome this barrier, I plan on filing the initial proposal for evaluation to the school community through State or Self-Governing Communities Observatory in order to obtain consensus on the material.
2. Taking part in the initial study may include extra work for teachers: holding meetings, gathering information, drafting conclusions. In order to overcome this barrier I propose to have teachers motivated to contribute to the development of a tool to help them manage conflicts and improve school coexistence.

Winning entries present a strong plan for how they will achieve and track growth. Identify your six-month milestone for growing your impact

Creating a work team in the State or Self-Governing Community Observatory and starting the program during the next school term i

Identify three major tasks you will have to complete to reach your six-month milestone
Task 1

Filing the School Coexistence teaching material proposed as well as the project’s specifications before the State or Self-Govern

Task 2

Having 25 public schools interested in being part of the pilot test.

Task 3

Developing a web page to coordinate teachers’ work and share information and experiences.

Now think bigger! Identify your 12-month impact milestone

Extend the project to other Self Governing Communities and adapt the same to highly multicultural locations.

Identify three major tasks you will have to complete to reach your 12-month milestone
Task 1

Introducing the project’s conclusions to other Self Governing Communities.

Task 2

Introducing the project’s conclusions to other locations with wide cultural diversity.

Task 3

Adapting the material to make it possible viable in children’s homes.

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]

As from the day my son started school, and due to the conflicts arising among classmates, I have had the opportunity to detect the need to transmit children the values of a “collective awareness” and to explain them how our system, rights and duties actually work, as well as the ideas behind those rules. I was able to prove that, once explained, we satisfy the curiosity on subjects that starts to show as from the early age of 7 or 8. As we give children the opportunity to talk about these subjects, we help them assimilate and apply these concepts to everyday situations. Also, both parents and teachers agree on the need of teaching democratic values and ask for tools to manage conflicts. The Constitution and democratic values that inspired this constitute our “coexistence manual”; these are the rules of the game we all need to know, and whenever possible, to improve. Adults’ values should apply to children as well.

Sustainability
Tell us about your partnerships

I have received support from different types of entities – such as Ombudsmen from several Self Governing Communities, and the Ombudsman for Children, to whom I have sent the project.

What type of team (staff, volunteers, etc.) will ensure that you achieve the growth milestones identified in the Social Impact section? [75 words]

- State or Self Governing Community School Coexistence Observatory: for creating a work team, debating on the subject and agreeing on the project’s contents and shape.
- Training centers for teachers: the same resources and trainers used for “Education for Citizenship” can be used for this project.
- School Principals and teachers involved in the project
- School parents associations for the activities suggested at home

Please elaborate on any needs or offers you have mentioned above and/or suggest categories of support that aren't specified within the list

In order to develop the Project “Democratic Values in the School” we will need a small budget (corresponding to the salary of the entrepreneur) approved by the School Coexistence State Observatory in order to create a work team as well as the help of 25 schools taking part of the initial study.