Getting started

Getting started

Begin by building a small team dedicated to transforming education

The first step is to negotiate with corresponding authorities access to public schools in which promoters of the NGO (Redes de Tutoría in our case) would present the methodology to teachers willing to receive help. Financial support comes either from the public authorities or from a private source.

A small team of promoters at the federal, state and regional levels is required. Benevolent administrators of public schools that invite the team to offer help to interested teachers in difficult, at times rather hopeless situations. The administrators provide political cover and the funds needed to support the intensive work of few promoters, which soon morphs into networks of convinced tutors and learners triggering what amounts to a grass-roots educational social movement.

Sustainability can be an issue. When governments change, the incoming administration may wish to change education policy. However, in Redes de Tutoría the strength of the innovation can be seen in the sheer number of schools, districts, and countries which have already adopted the innovation which lasts to this day.

In this documentary, K-12 students, educators, and families from the modest village of Presa de Maravillas, Zacatecas show us that another educational system is possible in which one teaches and learns with interest. Learning communities (comunidades de aprendizaje) have become the antidote within their schools by integrating mentoring networks that teach youngsters to become more confident in their ability to learn.