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As part of the partnership between aeioTU and Fundación Social to transform the early childhood ecosystem of the UCG6 community in Cartagena, trainers from aeioTU started accompanying to the educators of this community focused on the development of strategies of participation of families in the educational processes of children under 5 years of age.
In this way, families are invited to share with the children the different daily moments in the center, nurturing the children's experiences and strengthening positive relationships and interactions between children and adults.
Additionally, during the first quarter of the year, the team of aeioTU trainers will initiate the process of accompaniment for the transformation of spaces into 25 reference units of Good Practices, ensuring that these become appropriate environments, which encourage exploration, detonating curiosity and investigative interest of children, thus promoting their development.
The aeioTU Toberin center opened its doors in February this year, offering comprehensive quality care to 50 children under 5.
This center, located in Bogotá, is the second aeioTU business center, an initiative designed by aeioTU as a response to the interest of different companies to offer an innovative - high impact benefit to their employees. The center was designed for the children of employees from Fundación Cardioinfantil and Fundación Neumológica, as well as for children from the Babilonia, Aranjuez and Dardanelos neighborhood communities, located in the northeast of the city.
The center has 5 different spaces where children can discover the world around them in a natural, cheerful way. From 7 am to 5 pm, its three classrooms and 2 sensorial areas. Light and shadow and Creative movement, offer children a variey of experiences to detonate in them amazement, and strengthening their natural curiosity and investigative capacity.
Families interested in this center as an educational option for their children can request a guided visit and admissions information by calling 316 257 2334.
Companies interested in offering this benefi to their employees can request an informational meeting by calling 310 308 7244.
Thanks to a partnership between aeioTU and the National System for the Integral Development of the Family (DIF) of Mexico, 70 early childhood educational centers from that public institution will enter Sharing – The aeioTU Network.
The decision, which was communicated at the end of the aeioTU Lab held in Mexico City from July 23rd to the 27th, will impact a total of 4,000 children attending the centers entering the Network. In total, 200 educators will receive training and coaching from aeioTU to improve their knowledge and experience; thus strengthening their educational practices.
The aeioTU Lab was the vehicle that allowed aeioTU to share its vision of the child and the role of the teacher with hundreds of educators from to the DIF. The event was a reality thanks to a partnership between aeioTU, the DIF, the LEGO Foundation and the Intercontinental University.
This professional development event included conferences for educators, workshops for children, workshops for facilitators and staff from the DIF and those responsible for attending the DIF-SEDESOL Children's Stations. Additionally, children, families and educators had the opportunity to visit the "We weave Communities" Exhibition, which makes visible the way children learn with the aeioTU educational model.
The addition of these educational centers to Sharing – The aeioTU Network, represents the materialization of a partnership between these two organizations to promote the development of Mexico´s children full potential; ratifying the aeioTU educational model as an innovative and sustainable strategy in the transformation of communities.
Today we celebrate that Nathalia Mesa Gärtner, founder of aeioTU and member of the Board of Directives, received the Klaus J. Jacobs award given by the Jacobs Foundation to social entrepreneurs in child and youth development. This award was given to Nathalia for creating aeioTU and leading it with the strategic vision and leadership needed to demonstrate that it is possible to give quality education to all the children to develop their full potential and thus transform the communities of our country. In the words of Alexandra Güentzer, Communications Director of the Jacobs Foundation, Nathalia was chosen as one of the 10 winners of the award for her “Dedication and personal commitment to transforming early childhood development in Colombia”.
This award represents a validation to the work that, with audacity and dedication, Nathalia carried out during 10 years to make aeioTU the leading organization in early childhood education that we operate today, recognized at a national and international level. The funds from this recognition, CHF 100.000, will serve as a counterpart to mobilize local companies in the opening of new early childhood educational centers. This will be a reality thanks to aeioTU in your business, business centers that constitute the latest innovation that our team has developed with the purpose of taking our Educational Experience to all the children in our country. These centers are an innovative and strategic benefit for the organizations who want to give back to their employees, while at the same time promoting the development of their communities.
The creation of aeioTU in your business is an initiative that also responds to the needs of operating the aeioTU centers that are subsidized in a sustainable way. In the same way as with the subsidized centers, the income that the business centers generate are reinvested to leverage the operation of the centers for vulnerable communities; thus contributing to aeioTU financial model being self-sustaining. http://www.aeiotu.com/centros/aeiotu-en-tu-empresa/
With the opening of the new centers that will be generated thanks to this award, the commitment of private companies, and the support of the government, we will guarantee that 550 children will have access to high quality services in a sustainable way. Additionally, the income received for the operation of the business centers will allow a sustainable operation for 2.500 children in the aeioTU centers for children in vulnerable situations.
For this reason, in aeioTU we are happy, grateful once again with Nathalia, because her tireless search to ensure a just and equitable start of life for every child in our country has penetrated our organizational culture, because her dream has become our dream; and because during the 10 years that she accompanied us leading the way to that dream, she gave us the tools to reach it. We have impacted the lives of more than 157.000 children; we have accompanied more than 10.000 educators in transforming their educational practices from a respectful and inclusive vision of the child as the protagonist of their learning; we have influenced parenting practices and relationship dynamics with the children of more than 279.000 parents and caretakers. We are achieving our dream!
Committed to the development of early childhood in less favored sectors, Alpina and the aeioTU Foundation presented the catalog Reutilizando Aprendo, which can be downloaded here, a pedagogical instrument that triggers children's learning and promotes environmental awareness. The tool makes use of the post-consumer packaging of Alpina products, which become easily accessible pedagogical elements, with proven effectiveness and which optimize the positive impact on children’s development.
"With this joint work we are contributing to the development of children in homes and communities in different parts of the country, we promote the reuse of our packaging and, most importantly, we convert millions of Colombians into agents of change because everyone can make use of these tools at home or in educational institutions, "said Juliana Correal, Alpina Sustainability Manager.
In addition to the pedagogical impact, this project has an environmental impact, since it sensitizes future generations about the possibilities of reusing the packaging of the products they consume. The development of the tool was thought from the educational experience aeioTU that has shown that it closes the cognitive gap of the existing development between children of families of high and low income. "Reutilizando Aprendo is a catalog which offers a number of possibilities, since they are articulated with the context, the interests that children are living from the exploration processes, the research projects that are being addressed, the development stage and the dynamics of each aeioTU center ", explains María Adelaida López, Executive Director of aeioTU.
Reutilizando Aprendo, is updated monthly, adding two new pedagogical tools made with Alpina post-consumption material; and can be downloaded here, free of charge, for educators and families to access their benefits.
Nathalia Mesa Gärtner, Chairman of aeioTU, has been nominated by the Jacobs Foundation for the Klaus J. Jacobs Award. This Swiss foundation, world leader in the field of child and youth development, will commemorate the tenth anniversary of the loss of its founder Klaus J. Jacobs with a special award ceremony on November 30, 2018, in which 10 prices will be awarded to social innovators and change creators in the field of child and youth development. Each prize is CHF 100'000.
Mesa is part of the group of 50 nominees who were shortlisted, who share a commitment to generating social changes; and who have made those dreams of transforming communities come true by providing sustainable and replicable solutions for the positive development of children and young people.
In aeioTU we receive this news full of joy and pride because the nomination represents a very important recognition of the work that Nathalia led with our team during the last 10 years; and thanks to which we have managed to impact the lives of more than 122,000 children and their families.
The aeioTU Lab comes to the country for the third year in a row, an appealing proposal for all those interested in getting to know the aeioTU Educational Experience, inspired in the Reggio Emilia educational philosophy, which considers the child to be an active protagonist of its own learning.
This Lab which will take place between the 9th and 13th of October, will be held in the cities of Bogotá and Cartagena. In these cities the Exhibit “We knit communities”; which shows the way in which children build their own knowledge in the aeioTU centers and how, through their own explorations, researches and interests, children discover the meaning of life and things in a natural and happy way, will be open to the public.
The aeioTU Lab offers its visitors two academic days, on the 10th and 11th of October respectively, with conferences and talks about the Reggio Emilia educational philosophy, led by to international guests: Filippo Chieli y Maddalena Tedeschi- atellierista and pedagogue of the municipal schools of the city of Reggio Emilia. These conferences will take place in Bogotá and Cartagena respectively.
This year, the aeioTU Lab offers professional development workshops, for educators that wish to know about the construction of knowledge with children ages 1 to 3 years old. These workshops will take place on Thursday the 12th and Friday the 13th of October in the aeioTU educational centers in Bogotá.
Finally, to conclude the Lab, on Saturday the 14th of October “MAMBO at the park-with the aeioTU know-how” will be held; an event with free admission, organized by aeioTU, the MAMBO and Idartes, especially thought so that children and adults enjoy a day filled with exploration and play in the Bicentenario Park in Bogotá.
aeioTU, the only Colombian foundation present in the IEFG international encounter “Equity in and Through Education”
The search for integral wellbeing and equality in childhood education, is one of the subjects that great world leaders explore and develop the most to help build a fair and equitable society.
For this reason, the IEFG (International Education Funders Group) international encounter was held last September, in which various foundations worldwide met in Toronto, Canada to discuss about practices and policies necessary to contribute to world education, battling inequality and exclusion.
Equity in and Through Education, was the theme of this year’s meeting. Within this debate the LEGO foundation had a special session which centered on showing the key elements of the equality programs for early childhood. Nathalia Mesa Gärtner, aeioTU Chairman, participated in this session; she led the team of attendees in a reflection session about the importance of quality in the early childhood Development Centers, through examples of good practices that are being developed in aeioTU.
Together with aeioTU, the BRAC Play Labs and Right to Play foundations participated in the LEGO session ´equality from early childhood´, and they showed how these quality and equality principles are being developed for the education of the children of Colombia, Bangladesh and Tanzania.
aeioTU and Fundación Social form an alliance to transform the early childhood ecosystem in a Cartagena neighborhood
aeioTU Fundación Carulla and Fundación Social created a 10 year interinstitutional alliance to potentiate the abilities of children between zero (0) and five (5) years of age from the UCG6 of the city of Cartagena through actions of transformation of the early childhood ecosystem that guarantee the improvement of the quality in the integral care service, contributing in this way to the development of their full potential and the promotion of solidarity, cooperation and respect for difference.
The communal unit of government 6 (UCG 6) is a zone in Cartagena that belongs to the La Virgen Sector. It is composed of 5 neighborhoods: Pozón, Nuevo Paraiso, Villa Estrella, Fredonia and Olaya Herrera. In this area 9% of the total population of the city is grouped, corresponding to 97,573 people belonging to the socioeconomic strata 1 and 2 of our society. The UCG 6 has the most amount of population with disabilities (more than 1.300 people) by Communal Unit according to the District Planning Secretariat
The problems that the UCG 6 community faces include low education quality, school drop outs, low commitment of teachers and parents in processes, low income of the population, inadequate practices in the relationship between institutions and community, gangs, homicides, robberies in public spaces, high rates of gender and children violence, low habitability conditions, bad management of solid residues, bad illumination of public spaces, urban furniture deficit and poor channel management, which produces floods and contamination.
There is a total of 237 Units of service (UDS) which benefit from this alliance; which thanks to the intervention and accompaniments of its organizations impacts the development of 4.337 children, improves the educational practices of 365 educators and the parenting skills of 3.772 families in this area of the country.