Innovative Learning Strategy on Renewable Energy for Galápagos Students

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Innovative Learning Strategy for Students in Galapagos on Renewable Energy

Date: 10/29/2022

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More than 400 teachers from the Galapagos Pre-K-12 grades participated in intensive training at our 12th Teaching Institute. This intensive, lasting five days, is part of the ongoing Education for Sustainability Program that Galapagos Conservancy, Fundacion Scalesia and Ecuador’s Ministry of Education have implemented.

Renewable energy was the integrating theme of the Institute. This topic is essential to the Ministry of Education’s June 2021 launch of local schools on the topic. Teachers, trainer-leaders, experts in renewable energy, and training facilitators helped educators create monthlong units of instruction that they will use with the 7,000 Galapagos students over the course of the week. EPI Ecuador and Villanova University were both able to share technical information with educators as well as engage international experts in this area. We are very grateful.

Students are not taught about sustainability and conservation issues in most schools around the world. UNESCO’s “2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development” reports that 47% of all national education programs do not mention climate change. Only 40% of teachers feel comfortable teaching about it, and only 20% of teachers report being able see how societies can address this global threat.

Galapagos students learn science, math, and language arts within the context of real-life conservation and sustainability cases. This approach to education has been proven to help students learn core subjects, as well as develop critical thinking skills and problem-solving skills. This method also helps students to understand and appreciate their environment and encourages them towards a sustainable mindset throughout their lives.

The Education for Sustainability Program was born from a June 2014 diagnostic analysis by Galapagos Conservancy and Fundacion Scalesia. It is a plan to strengthen public education in the Islands. The program introduced a cyclical training model in 2016 that included Teacher Institutes (two per annum), teacher observations and reflections (instructional coaching) and professional learning circles. Each year, the program offers more than 220 hours intensive, research-based training for every Galapagos teacher.

Teacher motivation and commitment have reached all-time highs in the seventh year, which is the last of the 10 years planned for the program. Many teachers are also demonstrating greater mastery over new, proven educational strategies. The program has trained teacher-leaders who are actively involved in professional development and coaching others. Numerous local individuals and organizations are also sharing their expertise with students and teachers on a regular base.

We believe that this collaborative effort will help young people in Galapagos build better communities and ensure that the world treasure is preserved for future generations.


Docentes de Galapagos se preparan para involucrar a sus estudiantes en el tema de las energias renovables

Del 17 al 21 de octubre, los mas de 400 profesores de la Provincia de Galapagos, desde nivel preescolar hasta secundaria, participaron en cinco dias de formacion intensiva en el 12o Instituto Docente como parte del Programa de Educacion para la Sostenibilidad, implementado por Galapagos Conservancy y Fundacion Scalesia, en colaboracion con el Ministerio de Educacion de Ecuador.

El tema integrador del Instituto fue las energias renovables, un tema esencial del Curriculo Contextualizado para Galapagos que el Ministerio de Educacion implemento en la Region Insular en junio de 2021. A lo largo de la semana, facilitadores de la formacion, lideres pedagogicos y expertos en energias renovables ayudaron a los profesores a desarrollar unidades didacticas de un mes de duracion que pondran en practica con los 7.000 estudiantes en las proximas semanas. Agradecemos el excelente trabajo de EPI Ecuador y la Universidad de Villanova, que compartieron informacion tecnica con los educadores y ayudaron a involucrar a expertos locales e internacionales en este tema.

En la mayoria de las escuelas del mundo, los estudiantes no estan expuestos a los problemas de conservacion y sostenibilidad locales y globales. Por ejemplo, en su “Agenda 2030 para el Desarrollo Sostenible,” la UNESCO informa de que el 47% de los programas educativos nacionales no mencionan el cambio climatico, solamente el 40% de los profesores se sienten comodos ensenando sobre el cambio climatico y apenas el 20% dicen ser capaces de explicar como las sociedades pueden tomar medidas para hacer frente a esta amenaza global.

En Galapagos, sin embargo, los estudiantes aprenden matematicas, ciencias, estudios sociales y lengua, en el contexto de ejemplos de conservacion y sostenibilidad locales y globales de la vida real. Las investigaciones educativas demuestran que este enfoque ayuda a los alumnos a dominar las materias basicas y a desarrollar el pensamiento critico y la capacidad de resolucion de problemas. Ademas, este enfoque ayuda a los estudiantes a comprender y apreciar su entorno y los motiva a actuar con una mentalidad de sostenibilidad a lo largo de su vida.

El Programa de Educacion para la Sostenibilidad fue el resultado de un estudio de diagnostico realizado en junio de 2014 por Galapagos Conservancy, la Fundacion Scalesia y el Ministerio de Educacion, disenado para desarrollar una hoja de ruta para fortalecer la educacion publica en las Islas. En 2016, el programa puso en marcha un modelo de formacion ciclica que consiste en Institutos Pedagogicos (dos por ano), observaciones y sesiones de reflexion de los maestros (coaching instruccional), y circulos de aprendizaje profesional, ofreciendo mas de 220 horas de formacion intensiva, basada en la investigacion, a cada maestro de Galapagos, cada ano.

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