Corporación Educativa Huellas de la Esperanza

Huellas de la Esperanza is an experimental school for vulnerable, low-income pre-school and primary school children in Colombia. Its progressive model, which incorporates an anthropological, sociological, and community-oriented approach to improve emotional and cognitive development, has recently been replicated in a public school.

CEI Plus Status

Program Results Status
Monitoring and Evaluation Reporting
DeliveryFundación Acesco Regional AtlánticoEarly Childhood DevelopmentPre-primaryPrimary

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The Huellas de la Esperanza model stresses holistic teaching and learning and enjoys strong community support and participation. The program's principle components include teacher training, classroom projects, and cross-curricular projects. Regular teacher training focuses on the subjects of math and language skills. Classroom projects use real-world, culturally appropriate activities that promote good behavior and self-control among students from high-risk backgrounds. Classroom projects are entirely constructed and maintained by the students' parents. The program currently operates and maintains six different projects:

  • Orchard/vegetable garden
  • Butterfly garden
  • Worm farming
  • Fish pond
  • Flower garden
  • Hen house

The program also has two cross-curricular projects, comprehensive prevention (assistance for parents to improve family relationships) and a reading plan (using library resources to promote reading). 

Current program goals include:

  • Improved teacher knowledge in mathematics and language
  • Curriculum reform
  • Establish evaluation methods to measure academic progress
  • 30% of students achieve basic levels in math and language
  • Achieve 35% family participation rate in classroom projects

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