Mayela Solórzano, National Coordinator Aula20, Aseinc
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Why did you create this innovation?
Aula20 was created as an alternative for the demand of updated training for teachers working in urban and rural slums where levels of learning and teaching standards are constantly reported as very poor. Chevron requested a teacher training program to support schools in their areas of influence. Since 2010, +3,2K resilient teachers from 6 states have improved their pedagogical strategies.
How does your innovation work in practice?
The highest grade for Venezuelan schools is 20. Aula20 aims to raise student's levels and grades through upgraded teacher training in areas like math, language and IT. Aseinc has a group of professional facilitators who identify and train a team of Aula20 School Promoters, one for each school, who will support teachers participating. The program has been carried out in Venezuela as a long term initiative. Aula20 includes constant training, activities and follow-up during a 3 year period, strengthens school managers' capacities, develops youth leadership, fosters ecological awareness, offers the Aulas de Paz program (to build a culture of peace and non-violence in vulnerable schools) leads activities to empower communities. Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, Aula20, has been readapted to offer virtual support to school promoters and teachers. Subprogram “Aula20 in Pills” was adapted as a shorter version with intensive workshops, to be deployed in remote rural areas.
How has it been spreading?
Aula20, -created and executed by Aseinc- has trained more than 3,200 teachers and facilitators, benefited 71,766 children and adolescents and has 300,084 indirect beneficiaries from 174 schools. To date, Aseinc has provided 381 training workshops, 7 national collaboratively meetings for teachers participating in the program, 31 forums including 25 forum-chats, 6 pedagogical discussion days, 18 days for school for parents and 4 days dedicated for forums for young people. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Aseinc created and delivered 390 Aula20 workbooks and more than a thousand electronic flyers, providing technological incentives, a pedagogical and a didactic kit for teachers. Since March 2020, more than 5,200 accompaniments have been made via WhatsApp, text messaging and phone calls.
If I want to try it, what should I do?
If any organization or community is interested in Aula20, Aseinc (Asociación para el Desarrollo de la Educación Integral y Comunitaria - Association for the Development of Comprehensive Education and Communities) is happy to share information on how to adapt the program to other vulnerable communities and increase the impact in more regions. Contact via email Carolina Orsini, Executive Director.