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Innovation leadership awards

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  • 1. Shape the Future "Aulas de Inmersión" •Description of the initiative (key innovative changes, key actions, resources used Promote the ambition for education and self development, by making children and teenagers understand the importance and benefit of being citizens of the world. S hape the Future - "Aulas de Inmersión" project is an initiative that seeks to enhance, diversify and broaden the educational path for unprivileged children and teenagers of public schools in the city of Bogota, Colombia. By involving foreign facilitators, multiculturalism and the concept of world education, it aims to feed the ambition of the youth for education and better opportunities for life. Its implementation starts with the task of improving the foreign languages speaking skills of the children and teenagers involved, with the usage of basic IT tools, but goes beyond when students get the chance of knowing different perspectives of the world through the culture, experiences and life of facilitators from different countries around the globe, most of them with a background of international experiences and a common sensibility for world’s development contribution. From a general perspective, the first phase of the project involved 21 public schools of Bogota and impacted the lives of more than 10.000 children and teenagers, but the surprise came up when we realized the impact also reached their teachers and families, all of them raising a particular increasing awareness about the power of education. The second phase will involve 50 public schools and about 20.000 students.
  • 2. The "aulas" are meant to break the classical concept of schools education, no rigid rows of chairs exist but circles and areas of participation, building an atmosphere of equiality and inclusiveness. Multiculturalism is brought live when facilitators of diferent countries share the why of education through their stories and adventures, it is complemented by a collorfull environment composed by books, didactic materials and some basic IT tools. Each "aula" is provided with a smart (interactive) board and audiovisual implements, helping to instantly change the perception and expectations of students towards the things they can learn and gain inside the "aulas de inmersión". Key innovative The unequal share of wealth in Colombia is a key factor to create bitterness among social groups, mainly intolerance is one of the results of it, because a large population group feels they get a lot less opportunities than the others. Access to technology is one of the tangible proofs of this, very few people from the lower social classes in the country have it. Colombia has also been described by the media as a very violent and dangerous place for the last decades, this has reduced the number of visitors from other countries and has made very unlikely to have the chance of having contact with non-national societies, just people with more economical solvency were able to interact with other cultures, and this became a privilege reserved for just one group of the population. Interacting with foreigners and having access to IT tools used to be one of the ways in which the social bitterness was expressed in the country, and it seemed like a very difficult achievement to break this gap. But this project will provide the kids and teenagers from public schools with fun lessons in which they will be in direct contact with these two things (foreign culture and a smart board) proving that it is possible to innovate in education so it becomes more inclusive, enjoyable and impactful
  • 3. T he children and teenagers that are directly involved in the project come from a social background in which they have had to give up on most of their dreams in order to face their day to day situations. By giving them the chance of sharing experiences with a foreign person that not only has a different social background but also comes from another different culture and has different points of view of life, the project is not only providing them with the tools for developing a broader cultural understanding -therefore improving their tolerance towards diverse situations and personalities- but also remembering this children and teenagers that there are a lot of opportunities waiting for them in the future, they get to discover what the world is about and they recall that their immediate reality, that can be sometimes very sad for a child their age, is not the only thing that is out there to live. They start dreaming again, making plans for their futures, they learn that they can change what's around them because they become aware of better opportunities, and very eager to new things, very curious to see the world. It broadens their understanding, their tolerance and their dreams
  • 4. Project Strenghts The project is sponsored by "Secretaría de Educación de Bogotá", part of the Mayoralty of the city and responsible of all initiatives regarding local education. They trust and support the capability of a youth organization as AIESEC in Colombia both to provide international talent as to run all logistics regarding the project. The project gets to reach a huge indirect impact, raising awareness about education in the families of the students, the community and other allies. All foreign facilitators involved also manifest to become ambassadors of the development efforts of Colombia. All students radically broaden their projections of self-development and professional education. Resources used Operative capacity The first stage of the project , in terms of finding and managing the foreign facilitators, was lead only by a full time project manager and a volunteer coordinator, the starting of the second stage counts of six full time people but we still face big challenges regarding work capacity. Budget The "Secretaría de Educación" made a huge effort by providing the general budget to operate the project; nevertheless, we still miss a proper financial capacity for matters such as transportation, materials and general logistics. Organization and alignment As the project involves many parties, it `s been difficult to properly align some responsibilities
  • 5. Impact achieved by this initiative in comparison to previous state T his project aims to give the children and teenagers of public schools in Bogota an approach to different realities through practical learning environments with foreigners, where they have access not only to a new language but also to other topics regarding global culture. The impact is not only oriented to gain an improvement of their languages skills, but also to raise their awareness on civic and international culture, this way, they become an immediate multiplicator of such message and impact with their families and communities, demonstrating, after about the half of the project, their capacity and protagonism on spreading the logic of diversity and respect. Direct and Indirect Impact Direct beneficiaries: Children and teenagers. Through the interaction in a global learning environment they get the chance to learn a new language and a global and entrepreneurial outlook about life. Indirect beneficiaries: The families, being interested about learning a new language through their kids experiences. The teachers, learning new techniques and methods to teach. The community, with the interaction with the foreigners they are not used to. And the International facilitators, having a professional but high social impact experience, getting to know a different environment, changing a mindset about the country to become ambassadors, taking a positive message abroad about Colombia. During its first stage, the "Aulas de Inmersión" project reached a total of 10.000 beneficiaries, children and teenagers from public schools of Bogotá, plus their families. It was executed in 21 public schools of the city with the assistance of 26 International Interns from more than 13 different Nationalities. For the second stage in 2014, the project aims to impact 20.000 children and teenagers from 50 public schools of the city with 100 International Interns from 25 different countries.
  • 6. 4. Prediction of the impact in next years towards 2015 if possible. Getting to reach the more than 300 schools of Bogota and getting to spread the idea of the project in other regions of the country. This way, the objectives stated for the next five years are oriented to the main goal of AIESEC as an organization, and it is “To engage and develop every young person in the world”, which for the project and for AIESEC in Colombia would mean to get to every public school of the city and as many as we can in the country. This requires the presentation of the project to possible new allies in terms of budget and logistics as very probably the "Secretaría de Educación de Bogotá" would not have the capacity to keep sponsoring its operation.
  • 7. Aspects of the Impact in a future E D U C A T I O N Education is a happening of sharing and inviting, is the experience of building within a space of limitless imagination, respect and envisioning. These could be some of the words to describe the transformation that the "Aulas de Inmersión" project seeks to print in the minds of the children, the teenagers and the communities involved. For Colombian social reality, the fact of breaking the concept of "one to team" education is definitely a challenge of transformation to what our culture has generally taught to the generations about learning something, the "aulas" work under the unique rule of promoting equality and inclusion of as many differences as possible, the foreign facilitator is the first example of this. The immediate effect is, doubtless, the overall bigger interest of students to be part of a learning environment where no strict structures are present. The type: a social impact project, based on the psychological effect of expanding the vision and perspectives of individuals. The depth: more than the mere contribution to knowledge and learning, with the driver of bilingualism, it goes beyond by promoting the ambition to have an overall better quality of life, motivating the students to be ambitious for their own education and development, to travel and to be open to respect other individual`s contexts and differences, to respect diversity. The scale: 10.000 students from 5 to 17 years old in the first phase of the project, 20.000 projected for 2014.
  • 8. C O M M U N I T Y I N V O L V E M E N T One of the core strenghts of the project is the access to local development resources provided by the "Secretaría de Educación de Bogotá", this, taking into account that the project got to stand as the most promising innitiative for them to invest in, its quick gaining of positioning and the request of many other schools to take part, generated a kind of volunteering will of many parties and people to join. This way, not just the students but also the parents, siblings and other externals wanted to support the project somehow; that was the case of one school (Nuevo Keneddy IED) where the program even got volunteer cofacilitators supporting the delivery of the learning environments, and even the general services staff of the school wanted and got the opportunity to attend the activities inside the "aula". It was an incomparable surprise to receive, by the end of the first phase of the project, videos, letters, hand drawings, gifts, cards and other demonstrations of gratitude not just by the students but also by other people not directly impacted by the project.
  • 9. 1. Name of the initiative: Sika Project-Colombia and Brazil 2. Description of the initiative (key innovative changes, key actions, resources used) The Local Committee AIESEC Andes and the Colombia MC structured an initiative with Sika S.A to provide IGIP to the company in Colombia and they also showed interest to provide international talent for Brazil. So we developed a strategy with AIESEC Brazil to achieve an IGIP negotiation to be provided from Colombia; the idea was focused on providing Colombian talent to the Sika Brazil TNs to ensure Colombia talent transference. The BD Team Colombia and the BD Team Brazil worked together to develop a Business Proposal and also with the idea to share incomes between the entities. -Key innovative changes: 1. Collaboration between BD teams 2. Share incomes between the BD teams 3. Sell IGIP and OGIP at the same time with national companies.
  • 10. 3. Impact achieved by this initiative in comparison to previous state (impact can be shown in various measures but the final impact needs to be shown in MoS) -Collaboration between BD team from AIESEC Colombia and AIESEC Brazil -GIP balance growth -Sika talent development between Brazil and Colombia Brazil- IGIP Match 9 Colombia EPs Realizations 12 TNs Colombia-OGIP Realization 9 EPs
  • 11. 4. Prediction of the impact in next years towards 2015 if possible (impact needs to be presented in the same way as the impact achieved = connected to MoS) Through this project we hope to grow in terms of internships and in term of entities. Sika is looking for developing talent in Latam focused on their human resources needs. At the future we expect to make a talent mobilization around LATAM to ensure competitive companies that allow the countries development. We expect to grow in 2015 with more TNs in Brazil and Colombia. Also Sika expects to recruit the EPs that worked in Sika Brazil to work in Sika Colombia because the want to retain the talent.