Solidarity projects in schools: a transformative experience
Did you know that solidarity projects can also be carried out in schools? Schools, secondary schools or vocational training centres can be connected to places as remote as an orphanage in Kenya, a small neighbourhood in Cuzco, Peru, or a village on the banks of the Amazon River.
This is the transforming experience that since 2019 Tumaini has had the opportunity to develop with CIFP Ciudad de Zamora. Young people of all ages have been carrying out solidarity activities and events throughout the year with the aim of raising 5000 euros to support 5 international NGOs following 5 Sustainable Development Goals.
How do you bring solidarity projects to schools? What projects have you collaborated with in Zamora? What are the Sustainable Development Goals? What do the students learn?
We were talking to María Jesús Sánchezthe person who made this beautiful collaboration possible. She is a teacher of Training and Work Guidance and Business and Entrepreneurship at the CIFP Ciudad de Zamora.
Tell us, how did you come up with this initiative? How do you fit this kind of activities with your subjects?
Reply María Jesús:
For the last four years I have been implementing what we call service-learning projects with students. My intention is to to get them out of their comfort zone and who carry out activities with a social impact.
Since last year, I had been thinking about developing a social entrepreneurship project with them. They belong to the Higher Level Training Cycles in Early Childhood Education and the Higher Level Training Cycles in Social and Sports Education and Animation.
The name we chose for the project, The Hunger Gamesintegrates their professional profiles related to gambling.
This project has allowed us to work on the Enterprise and Entrepreneurship module, several modules of its specialities and to offer a wide range of leisure activities to the city -Zamora-, at the same time that we have collaborated with projects in different areas of the world.
Why did you decide to collaborate with some of Tumaini's projects?
With this professional module we think about real problems and look for solutions. In this course we set out to backbone of the Sustainable Development Goals. They came up with five objectives* that they wanted to work on and Tumaini works with projects in different parts of the world and has contributed to achieving many of them. Your project has allowed us to work on all of them.
*Work has focused on: ending poverty, zero hunger, health and well-being, quality education and reducing inequality in Peru, Kenya, Nepal and India.
Why did you think it would be enriching to do this kind of solidarity collaboration?
It is necessary to connect our students with problems both in their own environment and with more global ones. It enriches them as individuals and future workers..
Interdisciplinary projects can be carried out that connect them with reality. It allows them to see certain content in a more practical way and, above all, they acquire social skills that go beyond any group dynamic that might be done in a classroom.
How is the experience working out for the boys and girls?
The experience has been very enriching for them and for me.
The involvement has been total and has allowed us to get to know each other better and to work as a team. We have been learning that the greatest efforts have been to solve personal problems between them. For example, things like the fact that not all students work at the same pace.
This work shows who are prepared as professionals, committed, responsible and capable of achieving what they set out to do. While others still have a long way to go in terms of learning and experience.
What values and situations are worked on?
The social skills necessary for life and in high demand in the labour market. Such as proactivity, resilience, responsibility, teamwork, collaboration, etc.
Do you think that working on these kinds of values, such as the SDGs, have an impact on students and others around them?
I don't think they will ever forget this project and what it has meant to them.
It has been reported in the press, on social networks... This has allowed many people in the city to hear about the project. I hope the deepest echo is within.
They leave their mark on them, their classmates, their teachers, friends and family, as they are the main followers of everything they have been doing.
We thank the local institutions and companies - from Zamora - for their involvement and collaboration.
Many thanks to Tumaini for the collaboration. We have been able to develop the objectives that we set ourselves and you have sown significant concerns in us.
Thank you very much for your answers 🙂 You have to go and visit the projects!
After this great experience, we can only encourage all teachers and schools to carry out a wide range of activities activities related to international solidarity. Connecting young people with projects and issues from different parts of the world is a motivating and awareness-raising activity that opens the mind to new challenges and perspectives.
The projects with which the students of the CIFP Ciudad de Zamora have collaborated through sporting activities, concerts, film screenings and other leisure activities have been:
- Santa Clara School in Iquitos, Peru.
- Educational support for minors in Cuzco, Peru.
- Reception centre for girls in Kenya
- Fair Trade school and project in Varanasi, India.
- Educational centre and residence of students in Kathmandu, Nepal.
The Sustainable Development Goals
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are an initiative promoted by the United Nations, with cross-cutting responsibility for States, governments, companies and social organisations. There are 17 goals and 169 targets that include spheres as the climate changethe economic inequalitythe innovationthe sustainable consumption and the peaceand the justice or the fight against poverty and hunger, among other priorities.
All the projects that Tumaini develops and collaborates with follow the guidelines of the SDGs in order to achieve their goals.
CIFP City of Zamora