English Inmersion Week With The Alcaldia Of Medellin

During Colombia’s June teachers training week (from the 9th to 13th), 80 public primary and secondary school English teachers were fortunate enough to take part in an immersion English course entitled “Engaging Students through Interactive Learning II”. The course is designed and led by four North American experts from Friends of Colombia and Peace Corps. It was delivered by these four teachers with the help of two Mariana Orth Foundation English teachers which was made possible by an agreement between the foundation and Medellin Multilingue, one of the Secreaty of Education’offices. Throughout the…Read more …

Robotics Club

The Robotics Project in the foundation now has four clubs which involve 50 students from four of the foundation’s Step by Step Project school s. These schools are El Progreso, Campo Alegre, Marina Orth and Camino de Paz – Golondrinas Foundation. On Tuesdays Alajandro Calderón, our engineer and María Emilia Bustamente, our technician, travel to El Carmen de Viboral, to deliver the club to the first two schools. Participants from the other two schools are picked up by bus and brought to the foundation office on Thursdays. They are also returned to their…Read more …

Girls Who Code

Last year we set ourselves the challange of promoting computer programming as a task not just for boys. As such, in El Progreso, Camino de Paz and Marina Orth Schools, we have created programming clubs exclusively for girls and are pleased to say that we now have more than 40 girls learning to program. In these clubs the girls are learning how to program using software such as Scratch, Turtle Art and Python. thermore, they have been working with programs that are focused in language learning in blocks and with Ardunio technology which…Read more …
Auteco Company And Marina Orth Foundation Join Forces To Improve Reading And Math Skills In Six Locales

Auteco Company And Marina Orth Foundation Join Forces To Improve Reading And Math Skills In Six Locales

For the second straight year, the Auteco Foundation of Medellin, has employed the Marina Orth Foundation to consult with them on how better to use their One Laptop per Child XO computers to strengthen skills in both reading and mathematics. Auteco supports six schools in the Medellin area with the computers for over 2000 students from kindergarten to the fifth grade. Through a consulting contract, the Marina Orth Foundation not only instructs students, principals and teachers how to get the most out of a computer assisted curriculum, but also how to create a…Read more …
We Participate In United Nations World Urban Forum 7

We Participate In United Nations World Urban Forum 7

In January, thirteen student leaders from Marina Orth rural school were chosen to participate in a workshop with 600 other youths to prepare for the UN World Urban Forum hosted by Medellin in April. For four days the students met at Belen Library Park to engage in dialogues about how to positively transform their city of Medellin. The workshop also included tours throughout the city to observe communities in action and to discuss what could be improved. Medellin's Mi Sangre Foundation, founded by pop star Juanes, which oversaw the workshop, then selected a…Read more …
120 Principals, Administrators, Tech And Pe Teachers Receive English Instruction From The Marina Orth Foundation

120 Principals, Administrators, Tech And Pe Teachers Receive English Instruction From The Marina Orth Foundation

Five Marina Orth Foundation US and British volunteers are taking part in a program requested by the Secretary of Education of Medellin for the foundation's English teachers to help 120 of their public school teachers to learn better English and also to learn how to teach English better. During the eight month course the administrators learn strategies for creating a school community that emphasizes English learning as well as the opportunity to improve their own knowledge of English. The technology and physical education teachers focus especially on learning vocabulary related to their specific…Read more …
National Conference of One Laptop Per Child projects

National Conference of One Laptop Per Child projects

Saturday, November 16 was an unforgettable day in which for the first time we met teachers, students, parents, volunteers and sponsors of projects One Laptop Per Child to share advances of the project in Colombia. From different cities of the country, among which included Barranquilla, Cali, Bogota, Medellin, El Carmen de Viboral, Quibdó, Chía, Turbo among other cities. It was also counted with the participation of Dr. Claudia Urrea, PhD of MIT, who illustrated us with her ideas about "Learning to change the world", i.e. how to link education to reality. Also It…Read more …
250 Student Monitors trained by The Marina Orth Foundation as a part of the PLAN TESO-ITAGUÍ-EAFIT

250 Student Monitors trained by The Marina Orth Foundation as a part of the PLAN TESO-ITAGUÍ-EAFIT

As a part of our third contract with EAFIT University and the Marina Orth Foundation, 250 students, from 38 schools, under the auspices of the Itaguí Secretary of Education, received both basic and advanced training on the XO-OLPC computers. During the four hour training sessions, the students learned how to install application programs, how to update the operating system, and other basic functions. The second part of the training for approximately 70 advanced students will focus on the repair and maintenance of the computers. 916Read more …
Friends of Colombia, former Colombia Peace Corps volunteers and the Marina Orth Foundation united for the teachers of Medellin.

Friends of Colombia, former Colombia Peace Corps volunteers and the Marina Orth Foundation united for the teachers of Medellin.

On October 7 to 11, a group of 50 English teachers—25 elementary and 25 secondary—attended an intensive course on English, better teaching methods in the classroom. The course, “Engaging Students Through Interactive Learning,” was made available thanks to the support of the North American organization, Friends of Colombia, made up of former Colombia Peace Corps volunteers. It was coordinated by the Marina Orth Foundation and the Secretary of Education of Medellin. During the week, the teachers expressed their gratitude and admiration for their tutors’ expertise and commitment to this cause. Many thanks to…Read more …
Juliana Restrepo, puts her passion for math to work training our teachers

Juliana Restrepo, puts her passion for math to work training our teachers

Juliana Restrepo, member of the Board of Directors of the Marina Orth Foundation, is a Physics professor at the University Antonio Nariño. Juliana has committed her time and knowledge to upgrade math teaching for the teachers of the Las Golondrinas Foundation’s Camino de Paz school, in which the Step by Step Project has been in place for three years. We thank Juliana for sharing her expertise and passion for ways to improve teacher training—an area crucial to improving the quality of education throughout Colombia. She and two of her colleagues from the university…Read more …