Skoll Foundation

 

Posts Tagged ‘Escuela Nueva’

2013 Wise Prize for Education Awarded to Vicky Colbert

October 29, 2013 by
 
 

Congratulations, Skoll Awardee Vicky Colbert of Escuela Nueva! The above video was shown at today’s awards ceremony in Doha, Qatar.

From WISE:

The 2013 WISE Prize for Education, the first distinction of its kind to recognize an individual or a team for an outstanding, world-class contribution to education, has been awarded to Ms. Vicky Colbert of Colombia. Founder and Director of Fundación Escuela Nueva, Ms. Colbert is co-creator of the Escuela Nueva education model, widely known for its effectiveness in improving the quality and relevance of basic education in underprivileged schools across Colombia and beyond.

The Prize was presented by Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, Chairperson of Qatar Foundation, at the Opening Plenary Session of the fifth World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) in Doha, Qatar, before more than 1,000 experts from diverse fields and over 100 countries. The WISE Prize for Education was established in 2011 to enhance the status of education by giving it similar prestige to other areas for which international prizes already exist, such as literature, peace and economics.  The Laureate receives an award of $500,000 (US) and a specially minted gold medal. Initiated in 1975 in rural Colombia, the Escuela Nueva model began as a bottom-up approach by bringing together a team of experienced rural teachers to transform education at the highest level.  Leading this approach, Ms. Colbert created important links between communities, families, teachers, research institutions and policy makers.

This unique pedagogical model became a national policy in Colombia in the 1980s and was replicated in various regions around the country.  It has since been adapted by a number of countries around the world and recognized as one of the most successful public policy reforms among developing countries by organizations including the World Bank and the United Nations.

In congratulating the 2013 WISE Prize for Education Laureate, H.E. Sheikh Abdulla bin Ali Al-Thani, Ph.D., Chairman of WISE, said: “Vicky Colbert has dedicated her life to revitalizing education through effective and relevant student-centered pedagogical methods that involve families and entire communities as well as teachers in the process. Her work has had a significant impact in Latin America and beyond, greatly expanding access to affordable quality education for the less-privileged.”

Ms. Vicky Colbert said: “I am very honored and humbled to receive the 2013 WISE Prize for Education. This Prize recognizes that bringing education to all children and empowering them for lifelong learning is an important foundation for human development, and it is something that can be achieved when teachers and children are given the right tools to lead change.”

Despite the political conflict that has plagued the country for several decades, Ms. Colbert has worked tirelessly as a quiet revolutionary to develop real opportunity through education.   To date, Escuela Nueva has been implemented throughout Latin America – including Brazil and Mexico – in the Caribbean, East Timor and Vietnam reaching more than five million children around the globe.

 

Escuela Nueva Featured in Documentary

October 12, 2012 by
 
 

Skoll Awardee Escuela Nueva is included in the Argentinian documentary, Forbidden Education, which you can watch above (choose the English subtitles). The group of young filmmakers travelled through eight countries in Latin America and Spain “looking for experiences like Colombian Escuela Nueva. The experiences promote the development of an integral education centered in love, respect, freedom and learning. This documentary not only presents an idea long ago proposed by education professionals. It aims for mainstream diffusion of its message, raising awareness of the need for a different education model. The combination of critical analysis of social issues with free distribution ignited social media, revealing the key to’forbidden education.’ Fundacion Escuela Nueva is a proud participant in the project and wants to join the distribution effort,” according to their web site.

Read more: http://www.escuelanueva.org/portal/en/press-room/news/212-la-educacion-prohibida.html?utm_content=azacapa%40skollfoundation.org&utm_source=VerticalResponse&utm_medium=Email&utm_term=here&utm_campaign=Newsletter%206%20-%20August%202012content

 

One-Third of Skoll Awardees named to Top 100 NGO list

January 26, 2012 by
 
 

The Global Journal,  a new publication aimed at opinion leaders and policy makers in the development sector, has just put out its Top 100 Best NGOs in the World, and 31 of them are Skoll Awardees. They started with a list of 1,000, then narrowed it down to 400, then these. Read about their criteria and metrics. Congratulations to all:

Partners in Health, Barefoot College, Water for People, Pratham, APOPO, Ceres, Digital Divide Data, Teach for America, Landesa, Root Capital, Saude Crianca, Population and Community Development Association, Gaias Amizonas, Tostan, Escuela Nueva, Aflatoun, Gram Vikas, Search for Common Ground, Center for Digital Inclusion, One Acre Fund, Kickstart, One World Health (founder Victoria Hale, is a 2005 Skoll social entrepreneur), Room to Read, Free the Children, IDE-India, Friends International, ICTJ, Witness, International Bridges to Justice, Injaz Al-Arab, and Global Footprint Network.

 

The Henry R. Kravis Prize In Leadership Awarded To Vicky Colbert: A visionary committed to improving education in developing countries

March 7, 2011 by
 
 

Claremont, Calif., February 3, 2011—Claremont McKenna College (CMC) announced today that Vicky Colbert was awarded the sixth annual Henry R. Kravis Prize in Leadership. The Kravis Prize, recognizes extraordinary leadership in the nonprofit sector. Ms. Colbert will be presented with The Kravis Prize at a ceremony on March 22 in New York City.

Ms. Colbert founded the nonprofit organization Escuela Nueva Foundation, which aims to improve the quality of education in low-income schools across the globe. Since its inception, the organization’s innovative educational model has reached more than five million children in Latin America and has influenced education models in Africa and Asia. read more

 

The Henry R. Kravis Prize in Leadership Awarded to Vicky Colbert

February 24, 2011 by
 
 

The Henry R. Kravis Prize in Leadership Awarded to Vicky Colbert

A visionary committed to improving education in developing countries

Claremont, Calif., February 3, 2011—Claremont McKenna College (CMC) announced today that Vicky Colbert was awarded the sixth annual Henry R. Kravis Prize in Leadership. The Kravis Prize, which carries a $250,000 award designated to the recipient organization, recognizes extraordinary leadership in the nonprofit sector. Ms. Colbert will be presented with The Kravis Prize at a ceremony on March 22 in New York City.

Ms. Colbert founded the nonprofit organization Escuela Nueva Foundation, which aims to improve the quality of education in low-income schools across the globe. Since its inception, the organization’s innovative educational model has reached more than five million children in Latin America and has influenced education models in Africa and Asia. read more

 

Vicky Colbert Wins Kravis Prize in Leadership for Achievements at Escuela Nueva Foundation

February 4, 2011 by
 
 
 

The Henry R. Kravis Prize in leadership awarded to Vicky Colbert

A visionary committed to improving education in developing countries

Claremont, Calif., February 3, 2011

Claremont McKenna College (CMC) announced today that Vicky Colbert was awarded the sixth annual Henry R. Kravis Prize in Leadership. The Kravis Prize recognizes extraordinary leadership in the nonprofit sector. Ms. Colbert will be presented with The Kravis Prize at a ceremony on March 22 in New York City.

Ms. Colbert founded the nonprofit organization Escuela Nueva Foundation, which aims to improve the quality of education in low-income schools across the globe. Since its inception, the organization’s innovative educational model has reached more than five million children in Latin America and has influenced education models in Africa and Asia. read more

 

Significant Skoll Foundation Presence at 2010 Clinton Global Initiative

September 24, 2010 by
 
 
 

The 2010 Clinton Global Initiative kicks off tomorrow in New York City with a series of plenary sessions, keynote speeches, breakout sessions, and small group discussions. The Skoll Foundation will have a significant presence at CGI this year, with 20 Skoll social entrepreneurs participating as delegates to the conference, five of whom will be speaking on various panels. Skoll Foundation CEO Sally Osberg will be moderating a session and Foundation Board Member Debra Dunn will also be on a panel. read more

 

Skoll Social Entrepreneurs Honored at Global Education Summit

November 16, 2009 by
 
 
 

Two Skoll social entrepreneurs, Vicky Colbert of Escuela Nueva and Martin Burt of Fundacion Paraguaya, were among six awards winners at the World Innovation Summit for Education, taking place in Qatar this week.

Vicky was honored under the “Pluralism” theme, with a write up that includes:

Escuela Nueva’s boldly original approach has enormous potential for implementation worldwide, within various educational levels and for addressing rural, urban and migrant populations’ needs. Its collaborative learning approach unlocks entrepreneurial skills and attitudes and strengthens life skills, curriculum and learning materials.

Martin received an award under the “Sustainability” theme for his Self-Sufficiency School model.  From the write up on him:

This year UNESCO selected the Financially Self-Sufficient School model as a “best practice in youth policies and programs.” In addition, over 20 institutions in Latin America and Africa have adopted the model or are preparing to do so. As this replication process proceeds, this “education that pays for itself” will enable very large numbers of young people worldwide to overcome chronic poverty.

Both Vicky and Martin are great examples of social entrepreneurs who have achieved scale not simply by growing their organizations, but by practicing an “open source” approach to their models, encouraging replication by others in Latin America and across the world.  Congratulations to both for the recognition.

 

Talking Social Entrepreneurship with New York Grantmakers

September 24, 2008 by
 
 

The Skoll Foundation and a nice cohort of Skoll social entrepreneurs met yesterday with a group from the New York Regional Association of Grantmakers to talk about social entrepreneurship.  As it name suggests, NYRAG is a group that pulls together foundations and other organizations in New York that finance social ventures and non-profits.  Skoll CEO Sally Osberg gave an overview of how the Skoll Foundation got started, with Jeff Skoll’s interest, from before his eBay days, in driving social change, leveraging the power of innovative individuals,and building community.  David Bornstein, who’s been writing about social entrepreneurship for nearly 15 years, also gave a talk, as well as hosted a panel with two Skoll social entrepreneurs, Willie Foot of Root Capital and Jeroo Billimoria of Aflatoun-Child Savings International.

David made an important observation about social change, broadly, and social entrepreneurship, in particular.  Citing something he called “availability heuristics”, he said that studies have shown that people hinge the probability of success of something based on the number of examples they’ve seen.  Tapping into the Wall Street mess, he pointed out that, a few months back, no one would have thought it remotely possible a major Wall Street bank could fail.  Now, if you asked, people would say, “sure, it’s possible.”   The challenge of social entrepreneurship, he argued, is similar.  There’s one shining example that many people know – Mohammad Yunus and Grameen Bank – but few other well known examples.  David’s mission, as a writer, is to get more of those examples of success out there.  (Incidentally, David also had a great definition of vocation:  where your deepest yearning meets the world’s greatest needs.)

In the panel discussion, Willie and Jeroo made a number of interesting points.  A few that stood out for me… Root Capital plays in the financial arena, seeking to create a new class of capital for the “missing middle”, organizations too small for commercial banks and too big for microfinance.  Citing the current Wall Street difficulties, he said the problems arise when you don’t know whom you’re lending to.  The Root Capital model is high touch, involving lending, training, and closely engaging local finance industries in the emerging markets where Root Capital works.  When asked about how to manage risk in complex environments, Willie emphasized both the importance of working with local finance groups to share and help them understand risk better, as well as the role philanthropy can pay in buying down risk.

Jeroo, whose organization delivers social and financial education for children, highlighted the importance of partnership.  Her goal is to keep the central organization of Aflatoun small, focused on development of curriculum, and leverage other networks – schools, training programs, banks, governments – to expand the program.  She partners with several other Skoll social entrepreneurs in this process – Fondacion Paraguaya, Afghan Institute for Learning, Escuela Nueva, among others. She told this group of grantmakers she didn’t want their money, but wanted them to provide money to organizations that would then partner with Aflatoun to deliver financial training to children.  Aflatoun is already in 20 countries, with curriculum in 11 languages, so the model is working.

Both Willie and Jeroo exemplify a concept Sally Osberg has been talking a lot about this week in her various meetings around the Clinton Global Initiative:  outsized impact.  Successful social entrepreneurs are able to take their ideas, identify assets that will let them expand their ideas, and really grow their impact well beyond what fairly modest budgets might suggest.   By leveraging local resources and a variety of partners, Root Capital and Aflatoun – and many of the other social entrepreneurs with whom we work – have been able to reach ever broader constituencies with their services.  This is how impact happens.

 

Ten Innovative Social Entrepreneurs Receive Million-Dollar Awards from the Skoll Foundation

March 14, 2007 by
 
 
 

PALO ALTO, Calif.—March 14, 2007—The Skoll Foundation today announced it is awarding $10,150,000 to 10 recipients of the 2007 Skoll Awards for Social Entrepreneurship. The recipients, who will each receive three-year grants of $1,015,000, are organizations that target social issues in need of urgent attention.

This year’s Skoll entrepreneurs include a former French businessman who is building networks to prevent the abuse of street children, two longtime environmentalists whose “Ecological Footprint” enables businesses and governments to measure their role in depleting the world’s ecological assets, a community activist who helps villages in India run sustainable sanitation and clean water facilities, and a former accountant who is helping replenish the world’s collapsing fish stocks with an international seafood eco-labeling and certification program. read more

 
 

© 2014 Skoll Foundation.