In the Sustainability Education Program, we use participatory educational activities to promote the critical discussion of important social and environmental issues.
A pilot project of the Educational Innovation Program
The SDC award-winning “CAL-IMPACT” (Computer-Assisted Learning) project contributes to improving the quality of primary school education in rural El Salvador. We want to show that young teachers in El Salvador – when provided with suitable resources and adequate preparation and support – are quite capable of inspiring children to learn. The project focuses on the math skills of third to sixth grade children and combines the use of computer software with games, group work and workshop lessons. In the pilot year 2018, 120 school classes take part in additional mathematics lessons that combine interactive learning on the computer with playful methods and workshop lessons. For this purpose, 40 young teachers received further training in technical and interactive didactics. Thanks to generous donations of materials from various Swiss companies, computer rooms could be set up at 29 schools and equipped with educational software.
In cooperation with the University of Bern and the ETH, the project was systematically evaluated in 2018 – with positive results! The scientific findings are not only relevant for the further development of the project, but also represent a valuable knowledge base for a scientifically informed development process in general.