Story - Fundación Escuela Nueva Volvamos a la Gente

Our history

Some milestones to highlight:

1987

1987

The authors of the Escuela Nueva model found FEN to advance quality education through ENA. FEN adapts its strategies and elements to urban populations and new contexts and continues innovating and promoting its expansion nationally and internationally.

With support from the Inter-American Foundation (IAF), the FEN team designed and adapted Escuela Nueva’s strategies and materials to urban settings. The program was named Escuela Activa Urbana pilot projects initiated in several cities of Colombia.

1994

1994

EN goes international supported by organizations like UNICEF, Academy for Educational Development (AED), the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Plan International, The World Bank, and the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB).

2001

2001

We designed the Escuela Nueva Learning Circles Program as a strategy to restore the educational service for out of school and displaced children and youth. This adaptation of the Escuela Nueva Activa model -which is based on its core principles and technical and pedagogical framework- responds to the needs and realities of displaced and extremely vulnerable children, luring and retaining them and facilitating their transition to the formal educational system.

2003

2003

Along with the support of the Ministry of Education of Colombia and the International Organization for Migration (IOM), and funding from (USAID), we started the implementation of the Escuela Nueva Learning Circles program in the municipality of Soacha (Colombia).

2003

2003

In the academic field, FEN has been a pioneer in organizing and hosting International Congresses of Escuelas Nuevas. These events have allowed us to share the progress of ENA in Colombia and other countries, as well as to socialize other educational experiences inspired by the model. The first International Congress of Escuelas Nuevas was held in Armenia, Quindio (Colombia) in 2003, and had the participation of more than 1.000 attendees from 15 countries.

More information

2006

2006

The II International Congress of Escuelas Nuevas took place in the city of Medellin, in Antioquia (Colombia), and was attended by more than 1.500 participants from 18 countries.

These Congresses have also served as a scenario to share the developments of ENA´s adaptations to new contexts and in highly vulnerable populations, and to make explicit how it promotes and develops XXIst century skills.

More information

2009 – 2010

2009 – 2010

FEN offered technical assistance to the governments of Vietnam and Mexico to initiate ENA pilots in these countries. Since our inception, we have promoted and led the internationalization of the model in several countries.

International projects have included countries like Brazil, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, India, England, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Dominican Republic, East Timor, Zambia, and Vietnam.

2011

2011

FEN launched its ENA Learning Guides collection for secondary education.

2012

2012

We launched a collection of Elementary Basic Learning Guides for the Escuela Activa Urbana program, which includes basic areas and contents of Technology, Ethics and Human Values.

2014

2014

FEN started the implementation of ENA in Zambia (Africa), in partnership with the international non-profit organization CAMFED.

 

Earlier this year, Renueva -FEN´s virtual campus- was reactivated to strengthen interactions of the community of practice related to the work done for each one of the projects and for knowledge generation.

2015

2015

FEN strengthens its presence in various departments of the country and adapts its materials to the Basic Learning Rights of the MEN.

2016

2016

FEN signed a partnership agreement with the Ministry of Education to implement ENA in 73 municipalities of the country, reaching more than 4.600 teachers and 78.000 students from K-9th.

2016

2016

The III International Congress of Escuelas Nuevas, was held in Bogota bringing together an educational community of more than 1,200 participants from 18 countries.

More information

2017

2017

FEN celebrates 30 years of work and launches the book “© History of the New School in Colombia”.

2017

2017

FEN begins, in alliance with the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB),  the implementation of the Escuela Nueva Activa model in 8 Normal Schools. The initiative seeks to improve the quality of education in 23 rural municipalities of four departments of Colombia.

2018

2018

FEN signs and develops cooperation agreements with Ecopetrol S.A. to improve the quality of education in 14 municipalities in 5 departments of Colombia, through the integral implementation of the Escuela Nueva Activa model. About 11 thousand students benefit from the initiative.

2019

2019

With the financial support of UNICEF Colombia, FEN develops the ENA Learning Circles program to reestablish the educational service of migrant girls, boys, and young from Venezuela and the recipient communities in a vulnerable situation. The program serves 1,200 students in 6 cities: Bogota, Barranquilla, Arauca, Cucuta, Riohacha, and Fonseca).

2019

2019

FEN signs an agreement with the Ministry of National Education for the provision of pedagogical material and the training in the pedagogical use of ENA materials. The project covers schools located in dispersed rural areas covered by the Development Plan with a Territorial Approach (PDET). Almost 10,047 children and 650 teachers from 202 municipalities in Turbo and Apartado are covered.

2020

2020

In agreement with the Ministry of National Education, FEN starts -in October- the first non-face-to-face training process in the Escuela Nueva Activa model, adapted to the context of work at home. The course is carried out through the virtual campus Renueva and has the participation of 1,000 elementary school teachers from schools that belong to the Certified Territorial Entities that are part of the subregions of the Development Plan with a Territorial Approach (PDET).