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Education for Sharing (E4S)

location_on Mexico

Forming better global citizens from childhood through the power of active play.

E4S is an educational model focused on the holistic development of children, their teachers and parents through a playful methodology that follows the process of playing, reflecting and taking action. The offer of E4S is based on SDGs and civic values to leverage 21st century competencies such as systemic thinking, anticipation, collaboration, self-awareness and problem solving.

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Overview

HundrED has selected this innovation to

21st Century Skills in Latin America and the Caribbean

2007

Established

448K

Children/users

8

Countries
Organisation
Not-for-profit
Target group
All
Updated
November 22nd, 2022
When children participate in E4S, they become aware of their potential to become global changemakers at a young age, with the help of our play-reflect-act education
Dina Buchbinder, Founder and President of Education for Sharing

About the 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: alianzas@educacionparacompartir.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.

Impact & scalability

Impact & Scalability

E4S enables children to understand complex issues related to local and global challenges in a fun way, later analyze problems and, finally, take actions to actually solve them. In other words, this inicitive enhances the dialogue between children and the world through a play-reflect-act framework that develops their 21st century skills in a holistic way.

HundrED Academy Reviews
After 13 years of work, E4S is already present in 8 countries and reaches 1.3 million people. In the future, E4S intends to expand its presence in Latin America and will enter Europe and Africa.
An outstanding initiative paving the way for children and youth to become better citizens of the world by developing solid 21st Century Skills through playing, reflecting and acting towards global change. Playing at the core of learning. Brilliant!
- Academy member
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