Ms Vicky Colbert

Founder and Director, Fundación Escuela Nueva (FEN)

Prize

一丹教育發展獎

Year

2017

Expertise

Quality education, Equality in education, Learning methods, Lifelong education, Teaching and learning, Social and emotional education

Focus by region

北美洲, 南美洲, 非洲

Establishing a new model of education worldwide

Ms Vicky Colbert is founder and director of Fundación Escuela Nueva. Ms Colbert is a Sociologist from Javeriana University in Colombia. She pursued her graduate studies in Sociology of Education and Comparative International Education at Stanford University in the USA. In 2015, the American University of Nigeria distinguished her with an Honoris Causa Doctorate in Philosophy. Colbert is co-author of the worldwide renowned Escuela Nueva model and was its first National Coordinator.

She has pioneered, expanded and sustained educational innovation from many organizational spheres: as Vice minister of Education of Colombia, UNICEF ́s Education Adviser for LAC and now from Fundación Escuela Nueva (FEN), an NGO she founded to ensure its quality, sustainability and innovation.

 

 

She has been recognized with several awards and distinctions in the fields of leadership and social entrepreneurship, such as the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship, 2013 WISE Prize for Education Laureate, the Clinton Global Citizenship Award and the Kravis Prize. She has also been recognized as Outstanding Social Entrepreneur by the Schwab Foundation, Ashoka and the World Technology Network.

Initiatives

Fueling the implementation of the Escuela Nueva education model

Equal opportunities for quality education for rural children

The Yidan Prize funds are used by Ms Vicky Colbert to support the strategic developments of Fundación Escuela Nueva (FEN), focusing on two main initiatives including providing matching funds to implement the Escuela Nueva education model in Colombia, and developing specific activities for internal Research & Development initiatives.

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“The FEN model excels in developing both intellectual and social-emotional capacities of its students—an inspiring testament to the fact that well-rounded progressive education is not a privilege reserved for students in developed economies.”
Citation

By Ms Dorothy K. Gordon

Panel Head, Judging Panel for Education Development, Yidan Prize

過去40多年來,Vicky Colbert女士在三大洲16個國家的農村學校成功推動了以學生為中心的創新學習模式,讓資源最匱乏地區的學生也能具備21世紀的技能。

這一循證式創新模式名叫 Escuela Nueva,即「新學校」,採取系統性方法,通過對話與互動來促進學習。這一模式能適應當地需求,鼓勵學生按照自身進度主動學習,並利用參與和合作,促進同學之間的相互指導,使孩子們有機會學習如何學習。此外,靈活的促進機制有助於營造開放、互助的環境,加强學校與社區的關係。

過去數十年來,無論在哥倫比亞還是在國際上,「新學校」均持續影響公共政策,不斷改善教育制度。「新學校」強調創新、評估和持續改進,為社會提供了經過檢驗的全新教育模式,鼓勵孩子們融洽相處,共同成長。事實證明,這一通用體系成效顯著,能超越國家、文化、政治和經濟的邊界,造福於偏遠地區的學生。

Colbert女士的努力表明,即使在最惡劣的環境下,也能提供具有成本效益的優質學校教育,評審小組對此由衷讚歎。FEN的教育模式擅長開發學生的智力和社交情緒能力,證明了一個令人鼓舞的事實:全面的進步主義教育並非發達經濟體的學生才可享有的特權。

如今,全球迅速城市化,超過半數的人口居住在城市中。從整體上看,人類極需一種能讓弱勢社群享有且可負擔的優質教育,幫助世界各地無數務工青年建立必要的知識基礎,從而改善和維持自身生計。

Colbert女士的影響力遠不止於農村社區中的學校教育。1987年,她參與創立新學校基金會。該基金會被評為全球最佳非政府組織之一,旨在維護新學校模式的質素與完整,並能在農村和城市的各種環境下推廣複製其教育生態系統,確保學習過程不僅貼合實際需求,而且能令學生自信自立。

在此,我恭賀Colbert女士,她畢生的工作取得了非凡的成就。如今她獲頒一丹獎,我期待看到她的工作惠及世界各地的孩子。我謹代表評審小組,期望Colbert女士及其同事的不懈努力能繼續取得成功,使每位孩子均能受惠於全面、優質的教育。