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"There is no time for apathy or mindless distraction. There’s so much good to do, much to be mended and healed. One lifetime isn’t enough and less than our everything is too little"."
Catalina is the Founder Director of Literacy4all, a non-profit organization whose goal is to help fulfill the unmet educational needs and emerging literacy challenges of the next decade. Literacy4All utilizes learning games developed by her father, Javier González Quintero, Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneur and Ashoka Fellow. Through their work, they have reached more than a million children, youth and adults in ten countries. Their approach utilizes a method based on a board game to teach children, youth and adults how to read, write and master basic math through play; achieving results in record time (4 to 6 months). Literacy4All believes play is a catalyst for learning and that through playful learning the mind, the heart and the hands connect to create knowledge. Catalina's organization provides technical assistance, training, educational materials, professional development and coaching to programs.
64% of 798M illiterate adults in the world are women. Yet we know that a child born to a woman that can read is 50% more likely to survive past the age 5 and that a mother that talks, reads and singings to children from the moment they are born, pro
Hi, sorry for my late reply. It has been adapted to refugee communities in Nicaragua and Guatemala, as well as in Colombia and some schools in Dominican Republic that received and adopted children from Haiti after the 2010 earthquake. We approach these programs as we approach others. 1) We train Learning Coaches. In the case of refugee communities we work with community members either mothers, grandmothers or youth. 2) We provide learning materials that use play as catalyst for learning, which can also be adapted to the cultural needs of the communities. 3) LEMA provides services on a continuos basis, no body is late, there are no grades, there is no homework, just playful learning in small groups that can get together in a variety of spaces from parks, to trees, to homes, to shelters. Every community and situation is different. All programs need to adapt to teh particular needs of teh communities and be sensitive to the human situation and conditions. We work with local and donor organizations to develop and implement the program.
Hi Chioma. Latin America is a context we are very familiar with. We are now exploring India and Immigrant and Refugee Populations in the US. The Red Cross has been working on a small pilot with ROM communities in Spain. We see lots of potential to expand to Haiti, Mali and other French Speaking countries. Besides strong partners, we also need funding. So those two factors, determine in a big way our decisions.