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La Aldea: Stories to stay at home

In partnership with UNICEF La Aldea becomes a strategy for education in emergencies during COVID-19

This multi-platform curriculum based on fables aims to educate children in citizenship and socio-emotional skills, encouraging them to have fun while reflecting on their reality. During 2020, and in partnership with UNICEF, La Aldea reached 87,667 Colombian families and 4,220 teachers. Since 2016, the strategy has reached 150,000 students and 5,000 teachers in Colombia, Mexico and Venezuela.

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June 2020
"And then, the unthinkable happened, La Aldea closed its gates. The quarantine was in effect, and no one could have imagined the challenges it would bring."

About the innovation

Strategy for education in the context of COVID-19

What is La Aldea and why was it created?

School closures necessitated by COVID-19, created an education crisis, but also a unique opportunity to conceive how children can home-school by harnessing existing and emerging resources. La Aldea, the project, is an education strategy, designed to provide schools, government institutions and cooperation agencies with the necessary tools to implement a ready-to-use and scalable educational emergency strategy which involves students, teachers and families. 

At the beginning of April 2020, 15 days after the national government announced the total closure of schools in Colombia, La Aldea began to be disseminated as UNICEF Colombia’s strategy for education in emergencies, while it continued to propagate in different regions of Latin America with diverse stakeholders and users. By the end of April 2020, a comprehensive printed, digital, and radio emergency curriculum was extended to students, teachers and families around the country. 

The project uses an imaginary universe, a make-belief village of animals called La Aldea, which allows children and associated caregivers a safe haven in which to face, acknowledge, reflect on and accept themselves and the world around them. Inspired by Orwell’s Animal farm, its characters and situations become a metaphor of real life, involving critical social emotional elements that are associated with resilience, and critical thinking. 

It is a multi faceted platform. It includes printed books, radio programs, songs and digital content. La Aldea also supports teachers in different contexts with orientations, hand-holding, printed and digital content, lesson plans and virtual accessories to implement La Aldea as well as to integrate it into the magic they already weave in their classrooms. 

The objective of La Aldea is to demonstrate that real-life, current themes can be integrated into the mainstream curriculum through carefully crafted stories for children in a playful manner. The stories and activities create a springboard for integrating interdisciplinary learning: socio emotional, curricular in different areas: language, maths, science.

(See more in www.LaAldea.co )


How is La Aldea innovative?

  • Learning is relevant for kids, parents and teachers: La Aldea is a deep, accurate and informed educational content that is also fun and aligned with the interests of both children and adults, which encourages thinking and conversation in users for them to better understand, question and transform the world around them. Through the stories and the activities in the book, kids explore issues related to their times and contexts.
  • Learning by having fun: La Aldea stands out in the midst of educational materials, as it looks like a game full of colors and challenges. The stories and its characters mirror kids and create an emotional relationship that breaks into family challenges and fun activities. Children don’t feel at school with La Aldea. The interaction concentrates on experimentation and discovery, thus completely shifting the relationship between a teacher or a parent and a student. Play, conversation and engagement become the inner teacher, curiosity arises and self confidence appears. Children navigate the contents at their own rhythm which gives them the freedom needed to learn.
  • A transmedia educational strategy: Most territories where the strategy is being implemented face considerable connectivity challenges. Book distribution to over 120.000 students served as an anchor of the learning process, becoming the link between teachers and families. We also produced audiovisual and radio content to grow our reach and make the learning experience more powerful. 

                    - Books: www.LaAldea.co

                    - Mindfulness videos: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m-8tXPYYDAs

                    - Songs: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ypNJwbnpbl0

                    - Partnership with UNICEF: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ypNJwbnpbl0

To check all our videos of La Aldea in english and spanish, click here: Youtube Channel

  • Focus on 21st century skills: The contents we produce are related to a pedagogical approach that favors self-evaluation, emotional value, empathy and teamwork. They generate a dialogue which transforms the child’s role in learning: whether they are content consumers or spectators, they become agents of change, able to make their own decisions and influence their family and community environments. The fact that La Aldea created a mirror effect on children: the same questions, doubts, fears and challenges faced by the animals had the possibility of empathising while processing their own answers, made learning easy, engaging and joyful. The biggest challenge has been dealing with emotions during the pandemic: fear, uncertainty, stress, etc. La Aldea provided simple physical exercise for teachers, kids and parents through animated videos by whatsapp.


              Gallery:  http://bit.do/laaldea


How did we respond to COVID-19?

  • Design curriculum & contents: In the COVID-19 scenario, strategies aimed at delivering entertaining, quality educational content which foster curiosity, socioemotional wellbeing and connection with others are much needed. ClickArte created a flexible, fun, engaging and easily adaptable emergency curriculum accessible by print, radio and digital platforms to cope with the emergency and become a tool for teachers and families. (www.LaAldea.co)
  • Distribution of books & digital contents: Internet connectivity is a problem for more than 85% of Colombia’s rural areas. To tackle this problem, in partnership with UNICEF Colombia, we delivered more than 112.000 books to kids in 17 regions (a logistical challenge in the midst of the pandemic). We also distributed digital resources and grew partnerships with local radios to broadcast audio contents.
  • Build teachers communities: We organised 1000 hours of training with 4500 teachers in 600 school communities, making La Aldea relevant for them for distance learning and to foster the autonomy of their students. Those teachers experienced a high degree of belonging with the strategy. 



  • 150.000 children (aged 6 to 14) benefited, belonging to primary and secondary schools, from communities in conditions of poverty and low connectivity, including Venezuelan migrants. Of these, 87,667 were reached alongside UNICEF Colombia. 
  • 150.000 books were distributed in 17 regions of Colombia (15 of them with UNICEF Colombia), in formal and non formal education environments, making La Aldea's one of the most printed and distributed books in Colombia.
  • We developed a 1000-hour training process with 4.500 teachers from 600 public education institutions as well as 130 tutors of the Ministry of Education.
  • La Aldea has built a network of 23 partner organisations including UNICEF, Save The Children, IRC, World Vision, the Lego Foundation, the World Bank to implement this nationwide emergency education strategy.


What's next?

  • We plan to increase the number of students using La Aldea to 250.000 in 2021
  • We are creating 20 radio programs for migrant children in Venezuela and Colombia for IRC and the Lego Foundation
  • We are publishing two books in 2021 to accompany school communities in the transition home-school 
  • We are creating our first La Aldea's Tv show
  • We are consolidating our Digital learning platform (MOOC) for teachers


Who is behind La Aldea? 

ClickArte has assembled a multidisciplinary team of educators, writers, journalists, political scientists, psychologists, artists and designers who, together with a team of consultants are dedicated to producing objects of learning and crafted editorial material, video, audio content and apps.

Standing alongside partners including UNICEF, the European Union, the Inter-American Development Bank, the World Bank, Corpoeducación, the International Red Cross and the UNHCR, Click’s work has impacted more than 180.000 students and 5.000 teachers.   

For further information about our work visit us at: www.clickarte.co

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Our hope
Education should not be a burden for children, but a fun and rewarding enterprise. We believe the road to achieve this is by stimulating imagination, critical thinking and meaningful discussions.
We are curious!
We believe every child is curious, creative and eager to learn. At ClickArte we want to provide tools that allow them to use all their potential in an educational setting, in a way that is fun and captivating.
A book for learning
This is a book designed specifically for learning. Students and teachers can interact with it, and use all the digital materials in their educational process.
Books and audiobooks
La Aldea mixes engaging stories, with fun activities and multimedia materials to improve learning. Every book is accompanied by an audiobook to help children and teachers enter this unique universe.
Creative teachers
Through these innovative educational materials, teachers can feel empowered and motivated. They can adapt the stories and activities to their own environment, and unleash their own creativity.
Teachers and distance learning
La Aldea has been a precious resource for teachers during lockdown and distance learning. It has become a way to ensure the continuity of education despite the health emergency, by encouraging autonomous learning processes in children.
For everyone
We think quality educational materials should be accesible to everyone. La Aldea in Wayuunaiki is a complete adaptation of our methodology to the particular context, culture and needs of the indigenous Wayuu people. This way, our vision of transiciplinarity and social-emotional learning can reach even the most vulnerable communities in Colombia.
La Aldea in indigenous languages
At ClickArte we want to make our contents available for the widest possible audience, and make sure our books reach those who need them the most. Which is why we have translated La Aldea COVID to Wayuunaiki, the language spoken by the indigenous Wayuu people from northern Colombia.
Learning about our minds through Yoga
With La Aldea, in times of confinement, yoga and breathing exercices can become part of children's daily routine. 
Yoga in La Aldea
Lucy, the turtle, is the leader of La Aldea. She has many tasks and responsibilities, which can be stressful sometimes. So she uses these beathing exercices to relax and quiet down her mind. You can use them too!Click here!
La Aldea and transdisciplinarity
Transdisciplinarity is one of the main reasons teachers adopt La Aldea in a school environment. Science, language, civic education and maths are all comprised in a single methodology that keeps children engaged and allow them to have fun while learning.
Harry's Garden
The activities in La Aldea are designed to appeal to every child, and drive them to discover and learn by themselves in their own environment. 
Song Arnold Cleanpaws
In this fun song, Arnold, the opossum, teaches us how to properly wash our hands. Sing along! Click here 
La Aldea at home
La Aldea is a powerful resource for home learning, which allows families to get involved, think and learn alongside children. 
La Aldea in different contexts
La Aldea can be used in many different contexts and backgrounds. Children from both rural and urban areas are able to adapt the stories they read to their own life and community.
Exploring La Aldea through art
We envision art as a cornerstone for learning. For ClickArte, beautiful materials and contents are not a privilege, they are a necessity in quality education. 
Imagining solutions
Teachers can use La Aldea to awaken children's imagination and creativity in order to address social problems in their communities.
Education in emergencies
La Aldea has become an important tool for public health education during the COVID-19 pandemic.
La Aldea and families
With La Aldea, families can get involved directly in children's learning processes, creating conversations and allowing the collective construction of knowledge.
Children and the characters of La Aldea
The characters of La Aldea are brought to life through the eyes and imagination of children.

Implementation steps

Check out the digital Book

Check out the digital book: www.LaAldea.co

The book is designed to engage in 8 weeks of homeschooling.

Check out the audio book: www.LaAldea.co

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