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Radio Enseña

Radio Enseña is a radio series created by teachers that is transmitted by more than 100 different radio stations in Chile.

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Many students in Chile have precarious or no access to internet, specially those in rural or isolated towns. This leaves them with no access to learning material and endangers their right to education. Radio Enseña is an initiative of Enseña Chile teachers, who produce 30 minute audio chapters on subjects like math, history, arts and science that are then transmitted by over 100 local radios all through the country. All teachers work as volunteers and radios donate their time on air. Students are able to interact with Radio Enseña through social media (if they have access) or by calling their local radios. Content is designed for students in from grade 7 to 12.

What part(s) of the pre-COVID school system do you wish to leave in the past? Why?

I wish the new school system could be more horizontal, where students are protagonist in their learning, creating knowledge that is relevant and meaningful to their context.

Tell us a little bit about yourself and what inspired you to share this idea.

I'm part of Enseña Chile and have been working in Radio Enseña for the last month. I create content for the arts chapter. I think this idea is a new way of approaching remote learning, one that is not solely based in digital platforms, and that is able to adapt to the context of the most vulnerable students.

More info: https://www.ensenachile.cl/lo-que-hacemos/laradioensena/ https://teachforall.org/news/radio-lessons-help-keep-teachers-and-students-connected-during-lockdown

What region are you located in?

  • Latin America and the Caribbean

Where are you located?

I currently live in Santiago, Chile, but this project reaches the whole country.

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Hi Catalina. Thanks for sharing this project - Ensena Chile! Does the project predate Covid19?
Is there a way to measure how many students are tuning in? Are adults also listening?
Can the project elicit requests from students as to what they would like to learn?

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Hi Bettina Fliegel ! This project started due to Coronavirus, as it visualized the connectivity gap. There is no accurate way to measure how many students are tuning, we can only estimate by the responses on social media and local radios. We know some adults are listening, as they already tune these radios and the topics tend to be broad enough to interest different ages. Students are able to make requests, and we usually incentivize their participation by making open questions and then share the answers in the next chapters. However, this interactions occur mainly online, we are currently thinking different ways to generate this participation.

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Hi Catalina!
Having listeners engage / participate is great. Have you considered introducing projects of some sort for listeners? I wonder if students might collaborate and share back?

I really liked what you wrote - "I wish the new school system could be more horizontal, where students are protagonist in their learning, creating knowledge that is relevant and meaningful to their context." Is there a way to use the radio to move your wish forward? Would it be possible to connect learners with resources towards this goal?

What surprises have you encountered with the project so far?

Is this the organization you are with? https://teachforall.org/national-organization/ense%C3%B1a-chile

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Hi Bettina! Introducing projects sounds like a great idea!

About the surprises or insights we have encountered, we were surprised by the amount of people willing to participate. Many radios, influencers and ONGs have contacted us to offer help. We are creating a new section where external organizations can share educational content, incentivizing interdisciplinary content.

Personally I was also surprised by the reach of radio. I feel it is a forgotten media, after the introduction of tv and the internet. If used correctly radio can have a great impact on students, allowing more space for imagination and creativity.

Yes we are part of the TeachforAll network!

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Hi Catalina. It is great that this has elicited broad participation and offers of assistance! With everyone being at home I wonder if these experiences, the offers of help and the broad audience you mention, might be happening as people feel connected with others far and wide at this time, through this medium? I think this might really have the potential to create impact for listeners and helpers!

I wonder what the experience might be like for listeners if the program presented challenges that encouraged them to work on projects/questions/problems together across age groups, bringing generations together, traditional and non traditional students?

Can you explain further what you mean by a new section? Is this a new program? What types of content will be presented?

Maybe link "Teach For All" in the main content of your post, so other readers here can learn about your organization?

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Team

Hi Bettina,

The new section I mention is transmitted each Friday and includes content prepared by different ONGs. This week for example we will have a sports episode, where Futbol Más will talk about the importance of sports and team work. We also had a creative writing workshop and are looking to include different themes, involving informal education.

We are taking your advice on projects and are planning a new series of episodes using design thinking methodologies to inspire students to imagine a new future for our country (and the world) after the pandemic. We want to inspire everyone to participate, involving schools and teachers, and create a final exhibition with all the submissions we receive. I think including parents and other adults might be interesting, but we don't want to lose our focus on children.

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Team

Hi Catalina!
Thanks for sharing what is going on, and for posting the link to the blog post. It is inspiring to read how teams are sharing between countries, as you build programs using radio! It seems like a powerful network!
Your plan to start engaging students with projects, and the idea for an exhibition, is exciting! Seems that Radio Ensena is evolving quickly. Will project teams be local, or might students engage with their peers across locales too?
What feedback has there been on the lessons given by the NGOs? Has there been feedback or conversations from/with teachers outside of the Teach For All network?

The project is inspiring! I look forward to watching it evolve further.

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Team

Sharing this idea too.
Call 0800 - AULAS, an educational tool for those who live in remote places 
Are the Ensena Chile radio lessons being recorded?

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Thanks for sharing Bettina Fliegel .
Catalina Hepp radio is a great way to achieve mass reach, this idea is really good. We want to support initiatives like yours, proposing alternatives such as an easily accessible and navigable content repository that allows consultation at any time.

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Hi David! You project is very inspiring and I think it could be a great match with what we are doing with La Radio Enseña. I would love to know more about Call 0800 - AULAS. Thanks Bettina Fliegel for sharing!

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Hi both. Catalina Hepp  David Vilchez Elías  Sure, Catalina! How is Radio Ensena going?

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Hi Bettina! The Radio is going great! We will release the first episode of our project next tuesday and have been working with teachers from all the country (both from the Teach fo All network and independent teachers) so they can guide their students and give additional feedback. The ministry of Education and other institutions have reached us to colaborate and help us expand our audience, and the program has been renovated for at least 10 more weeks. I've also contacted David Vilchez Elías and we are meeting next week to talk and analyze how we can work together.

I want you thank you for all your feedback and links with other projects, it has really helped us to explore new options, innovate and improve our project!

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