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Coschool develops character skills in youth and teachers in Colombia.

Coschool

Bogotá, Colombia
Coschool is a B Corp founded in 2014 by English and Colombian teachers that are part of the Teach for All network. We have developed innovative programs to tackle the skills gap facing Colombian youth growing up in a post-conflict era: such as programs for students, teacher training, and school directives. In 2019 we received funds from Gates & Templeton foundation to scale up and measure our work
Introduction

Coschool - building the best methodologies in SEL for Latin America

“Teaching and learning require a high level of empathy and connection, and this course (Edumoción Móvil Virtual) has contributed a lot to it in my teaching. ”

Andrés Benavides, teacher, Medellín, part of the firt cohort of Edumoción Móvil 100% virtual

Why we do it?

First and foremost, we are educators. We believe that the education system needs to change. At Coschool, we are particularly obsessed with figuring out the answer to this question: "How might we develop the character skills/life skills of young people in Colombia and Latin America?". We all know by now that young people need to develop these skills, but there are few examples of successful methodologies or models of how to do so.  

How we do it?

Since 2014 we have been working with schools across the country on several types of project that aim to support schools, teachers, and students to develop skills such as self-awareness, empathy, determination, and decision making in youth. We are organising our approach in our own model, called Edumoción. We run programs for teenagers, teachers and school directives and implement the methodology in a variety of formats. 

We focus our work increasingly on teachers and school leaders and recently (late 2018 and 2019) won major grants from Gates Foundation, Templeton Foundation and Fondation Botnar to build scalable initiatives in this area.  

We are focussed on measuring our work and proving what works (and what doesn't) so that we can start to help Governments in Colombia and Latin America make better investments in social & emotional learning. We have worked with 100 + schools, in 10+ regions of the country, impacting over 15,000 students and 2,500 teachers. 

Covid-19

With Covid-19 we discovered the importance of developing initiatives that will reach every teacher and student in our country, taking into account the lack of internet accesibility in rural areas of Colombia. We have united forces with different organizations in order to make our contents available in various formats to the communities. 

With the Ministry of Education we were able to compile SEL contents from different actors in Colombia to present them all together for teachers in a Webpage designed for it. Additionaly, we developed a radio program for teenagers in order to reach the regions where we had been working in-person and where internet is not the best option to continue the activities. We have created booklets for other regions and Whatsapp gaming strategies in order to continue impacting the communities. 

We have new partners with whom we are creating different virtual courses and platforms that will reach several LatinAmerican countries. This courses address various issues that the region confront and are directed to more than one group. 

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Innovation Overview
ALL
Target Group
15 500
Children/Users
2
Countries
2014
Established
For-profit
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Tips for implementation
We are learning that: - Character education/SEL needs to be lead by adults in schools through modelling, instruction, and planning. - Focus investment on CE/SEL on head teachers and teachers - In person interventions are most effective but not very scalable; we are exploring blended approaches
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