Implementing institution: Asociación Mexicana para las Naciones Unidas de Jóvenes
Source: GEII Harvard
Execution period: 2007 - in progress
Plataforma de Prácticas Efectivas:
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That children become aware of the great challenges of the Millennium Development Goals, and propose solutions for their communities.
Recreational and sporting activities that promote participation and awareness of human rights and the Millennium Development Goals.
Participating children have significantly increased their soft skills, such as teamwork (+19%), empathy (+12%), social inclusion practice (+7%) and their concern for community problems (+14%).
Education for Sharing is a civic program developed by the Mexican Association for the United Nations of Youth and inspired by a Canadian educational program called “Sport in a Box”. The Association works closely with primary and secondary schools for its implementation, and has several sponsors, including AXA Seguros, HSBC, Ford Civic Committee, among others.
Education for Sharing is the product of the work of Dina Buchbinder and Yizreel Urquijo, two Mexican social entrepreneurs who initially founded “Sports to Share” in 2007. The innovative character of the initiative lies in addressing the world’s great challenges —and the role of citizens— through recreational activities. Pedagogy is based on sport as a tool that stimulates positive values and attitudes regarding children’s reflective capacity. It is based on the principle of involving the entire educational community in the process, including both teachers and families.
Seven values articulate the program and its activities: empathy, fair play, gender equality, respect, tolerance, responsibility and teamwork. Educational programs form the central axis of the intervention, which is complemented by training and advice for teachers in the area of systemic pedagogy. The educational axis is divided into 4 programs: “Sport to share”, which allows children to assimilate their knowledge in an experiential way under the supervision of a tutor. It begins with playful sessions during which an imaginary trip is made to a country where a Millennium Development Goal (MDG) is relevant, followed by physical activities. Afterwards, a reflection circle is organized where participants are invited to criticize, propose and act. On subsequent occasions, a renowned athlete (“ambassador athlete sessions”) is invited to set an example for children to value healthy lifestyle habits. In parallel, mothers and fathers live the same activities as their children. Finally, all graduate as strategic ambassadors for the continuity and dissemination of the lessons learned.
In 2010, “Initiatives to Share” was founded as the second part of the program, which focuses mainly on projects that encourage children to develop viable, relevant and socially impactful initiatives through the “Project Management” tool.
“Science for Sharing”, on the other hand, promotes mathematical learning and its relationship with other subjects, so that it can be applied to everyday life with solutions that resolve issues of environmental care and health.
In year 2000, a global agenda of Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) was launched, in which countries committed themselves to act actively on 8 lines related to the well-being of all. The effort has been extended until 2015 with the adoption of a new agenda focused on sustainable development through 17 strategic objectives, such as the eradication of poverty, the promotion of quality education, and gender equality, among others. Within the framework of this structure, education plays a fundamental role in enabling people to become aware of new challenges. Attention must be focused on the new generations, because they are the pillar through which the new challenges will be met.
Since its launch in 2007, Education for Sharing has served 518,533 children and trained 7,023 teachers throughout Mexico. Through semi-structured interviews with participants, a continuous system of monitoring and evaluation of activities has shown that the greatest impact of the program is in the increase of teamwork skills (+19%). There has also been an increase of 12 percentage points in the practice of empathy, 14% in concern for community problems, 10% in participation in sports activities and 7% in participation. Given its good results, the Mexican Association for the United Nations of Youth, replicated the experience in other countries of America.