Dina Buchbinder, Founder and President of Education for Sharing
Education for Sharing (E4S)
HundrED shortlisted this innovation
Why did you create this innovation?
Behind the creation of E4S was the need to have an educational model where children learn employing all their senses. If they only stay still in the classroom taking down notes, they don’t have a chance to unleash their potential.
E4S identified that children need to be interested in knowing, participating and collaborating in matters related to their development and the world that surrounds them
How does your innovation work in practice?
The E4S model uses a play-reflect-act framework that encourages educators of every context to teach dynamically, promote children’s participation and let them apply the tools learned. This model opens the dialogue between children and teachers on issues that seem complex to understand - such as the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) - so they become part of the solution.
Once teachers are trained with the E4S methodology, they replicate the learning with their students in sessions where children can:
(1) Play to understand complex issues in a fun and accessible way.
(2) Reflect to analyze problems related to local and global challenges.
(3) Act by taking individual actions to solve problems in their context.
By connecting a school’s syllabus to the 21st century competencies and SDGs, the E4S methodology also provides teachers with the skills and tools to structure their classes in a way they can empower their students to be problem solvers.
How has it been spreading?
E4S’s history begins in 2007 with the implementation of its first program in three Mexican states, benefiting more than 243 children. After 13 years of work, E4S is now present in Argentina, Bolivia, the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, New Zealand, Panama and the United States, reaching 1.3 million people.
From having a program implemented in 1 country, the growth of the organization has brought the E4S play methodology to 8 countries, through 6 educational programs. The E4S offering has been expanded to develop 21st century skills with a focus on diverse topics such as: sports, science, art, finance, project management and responsible use of information technologies.
In the future, E4S will expand its presence in Latin America and will reach new latitudes venturing into Europe and Africa
If I want to try it, what should I do?
E4S is for everyone!
If you want to try it, you can contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org to map together the best way to form better global citizens, wherever you are based at.
We work in versatile environments and educational systems: from public and private schools to public shelters, parks or wherever the need is to form better global citizens.