Any educational project has an additional motivation for its promoters: the fact of being able to transform social groups through pedagogy and, likewise, generate long-term changes in certain contexts.
Would you like to develop one of them? Well, let us tell you beforehand some things that you should know before the formulation and execution of this type of initiatives.
Education is a transformative weapon and hence educational projects tend to structural changes -though progressive- to broaden the vision of the reality of certain social groups and increase awareness of what is happening around them.
An educational project can focus on several aspects: access to education as such, modifications of an educational system, the implementation of teaching methods, the construction of infrastructures, the provision of technological resources, virtual classes, among many other alternatives .
However, whatever your approach, the important thing is that it does not move away from certain considerations that make it different from the rest of the projects. We talk about aspects, issues and features such as those mentioned below:
Analysis of the previous educational situation:
Those responsible for the project, not all necessarily linked to the area of education, must perform an analysis of the existing situation (or nonexistent, in cases where the problem is a lack) and issue a diagnosis. Sometimes this diagnosis focuses only on pedagogical issues, but sometimes it extends to more disciplines, such as psychology or social work. This is what is called the delimitation of the initial problem.
Resolution of problems or needs:
There is no project without a prior need, and in this case it is demonstrated. But beware, this need does not have to be a priori negative; it simply refers to the demands of groups or communities to which a timely response must be designed. In some Latin American countries, the problem involves access to education; In Spain, a recurring example has been the program that some of the autonomous communities have undertaken to offer a bilingual education.
Use of information technologies (ICT):
In recent years, given the advances in digitalisation and teaching tools, educational projects are increasingly focused on the use of ICTs or information technologies, as it is clear that the future of teaching, whatever be its level and its contents, inevitably pass through the domain of this multiplicity of resources.
Changes or transformations, in the long term:
Unlike other projects, which are considered finished when a work is finished or a tangible result is obtained, the educational project has the peculiarity that in almost all cases its achievements are only appreciated after a certain time. The transformations that they pose are transversal and therefore they are appreciated gradually, even after several years after they started.
What you have just read is nothing else than the frame of reference for carrying out an educational project, that is, what can not be missing at the moment in which you decide to undertake one of this type. Do you dare to implement it?