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Release date- 29072014 - 'Superate' ('Out do Yourself'), a pilot project conceived by the Chilean Cristian Alberto Gonzalez Vesasay, has won an international competition held by GRADUATE XXI, which aims to get young people who have dropped out of school to resume their studies.
GRADUATE XXI is an initiative of the
The idea being honored advances a model based on Gonzalez's successful work with students who left school in his hometown of Copiapo. The pilot project began with 50 students and was implemented by an organization called the Copiapo Educational Innovation Initiative in Atacama,
'First, we examined the concerns, skills, motivations and difficulties faced by each student,' said Gonzalez, who presented to GRADUATE XXI a personalized mentoring project based on four factors:
Build upon skills: to develop students' self-esteem and get them to participate in artistic and sports-related activities.
Level the academic playing field: so that students who have fallen behind rejoin the regular school system. Gonzalez said that many youths in his town are 15 and have not yet finished elementary school.
Work with the family: families help get kids back into school, so it is important to strengthen the link between the school and the family.
Professional training: teachers receive support through continual assistance from professionals including psychologists, social workers and education experts who guide the student back into the school system.
'We are convinced that it is urgent to create informal education organizations, or ones that work non-stop with the formal education system, to provide timely support for thousands of students who are having trouble staying in school,' said Gonzalez.
Information about GRADUATE XXI and the eighth short film
Access to education in
The current GRADUATE XXI competition received help from the well-known Uruguayan film director
The IDB is the main source of multilateral financing and experience for the achievement of sustainable economic, social and institutional development in
The IDB's Education Division does research, provides technical assistance and finances projects so as to improve the region's infrastructure, curriculum and education policies.
This initiative was made possible by the generous support of the
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