Supporting Learning Opportunities to Deepen Enseña Por Colombia's Impact

Donor: Felipe Medina
Local Ally: Enseña Por Colombia

Beneficiaries: N/A

The current education system in Colombia is not providing all children with the required education level necessary to achieve their goals. One million children remain outside of the education system (70% rural and 30% urban). The distribution of Colombian students in terms of levels of achievement shows a worrisome situation: almost half (47.1%) of students are below level 2, while for OCDE countries, such percentage reaches only 18.8% (PISA 2009). Therefore, support is still needed to overcome gaps in terms of quality, access, attendance, regional inequities, literacy, early-childhood access to integral assistance, system coverage, and access to higher education. 

For this project, Give To Colombia partnered with Enseña por Colombia, a non-profit organization that strives to build a social movement towards the improvement of the Colombian education system. It is part of the "Teach for All" global network, which also includes highly successful high-impact organizations such as “Teach for America” in the U.S. and “Teach for All” in the U.K.

The project included the design, implementation, and administration of a virtual platform for channeling small to medium-sized online donations to Enseña por Colombia, thereby helping the organization continue to implement its work. The donation also went towards operational support for Enseña por Colombia.

The main premise of Enseña por Colombia’s work is that the single-most important factor in guaranteeing a significant impact on the academic performance of students is not class size, students’ attendance rate, or the amount of public expenditure per student, but the quality of teachers. This is why Enseña por Colombia seeks to attain the goal of improving Colombian students’ academic performance by including human capital of the highest quality to the Colombian educational system. 

In the past, Give to Colombia has facilitated the channeling of two grants for  Enseña por Colombia. In 2011 and 2012, thanks to the support of the JP Morgan Foundation, Enseña por Colombia undertook a process of recruiting, selecting, training, and placing 30 participants of the program, the first cohort of teachers, to make a significant impact on the lives of more than 6,000 children and teenagers of low-income community schools. During the second semester of 2012, 56 teachers were selected to be part of the “Transformational Leaders” movement within Enseña por Colombia. These 56 new teachers that joined Enseña por Colombia’s program thanks to the support of JP Morgan began teaching in 2013, which means that they had an impact on more than 11,800 children in the areas of Urabá, Bogotá, and Vichada.