The Step by Step Project, developed by both the Las Golodrian Foundation and the
Marina Orth Foundation, has had a truly positive impact in various communities, especiallyÂ the â€œComuna Ochoâ€ in Medellin. The Comuna Ocho is one of the most difficult areas of theÂ city, where violence and the infamous â€œinvisible frontiersâ€ have caused many hardshipsÂ on the community; nevertheless this has not been an obstacle in our mission to continueÂ educating the 650 boys, girls and adolescents who have the opportunity to interact withÂ the technological advantages of this program. It has been extremely gratifying to witnessÂ the development and positive impact the kids have had in interacting with others using theÂ internet. They have had the opportunity to learn from various sites and programs, such asÂ Wikipedia, Scratch, Tux Pain, Memorize, Tux Math, Gcompris, Falabracman, among other,Â all thanks to our classroom projects and their teachers.
The students arrive everyday full of energy, anxious to share with their teachers and
classmates the new games, techniques, and solutions they have discovered using
their computers. The joy of learning transcends the classroom; even their parents
have expressed their happiness in seeing their young ones use these programs. It has
encouraged them to enroll in the different workshops offered by the Foundation so thatÂ they too can benefit from learning to use these computers, thus the learning experienceÂ can now continue at home.
The most adventurous, creative, and resourceful students have not only gained the
personal satisfaction of their teachersâ€™ recognition, they have consolidated a monitor groupÂ in the Step by Step project, a status which places them in a privileged position insideÂ the learning community. It enables them to assist their teachers, work with the youngerÂ students and help repair certain computer problems. They also have the opportunity toÂ attend specific workshops such as robotics, English lessons, informatics, and repair andÂ maintenance of both conventional and XO computers: they are our biggest helpers insideÂ the project as well as a source of inspiration to the younger ones.
Our students generally range in age from 5-13, a range which by no means has been
an obstacle to the younger generationsâ€™ hunger for learning. These small technologicalÂ geniuses have benefited from the new learning techniques offered by these computers.
They regard these computers as their most prized possession; for they know it representsÂ the opportunity to pursue their education using more advanced methods. They takeÂ very good care of their equipment, carefully storing them inside their own bags, cleaningÂ them on a regular basis, and even imprinting their own personality and individuality onÂ it. The whole process has been a reflection on the values that we try to implement onÂ the community (solidarity, respect, responsibility, compromise, tolerance, team workâ€¦)Â and is the result of a day to day interaction with them, not only inside the classroom butÂ also during their breaks and walks home. Up to date, NOT A SINGLE COMPUTER HASÂ BEEN UNACOUNTED FOR, this shows how well the community has responded to our informational campaigns where we have outlined the importance of social and educationalÂ changes.