Partner of the Week: Paniamor, Costa Rica
Posted in Blogs on June 15, 2023
Posted in Blogs on June 15, 2023
Fundación PANIAMOR, established in 1987, is a non-governmental organization committed to promoting the rights of children and adolescents in Costa Rica. It operates as a non-profit, focusing on technical and preventive measures. The foundation aims to foster a culture that emphasizes the importance of children and adolescents’ rights in both political and social realms. To achieve this, Paniamor forms collaborative partnerships that drive innovation and advances human rights.
Paniamor asserts that advocating for the right to financial education is, in itself, a catalyst for cultural transformation, beginning from early childhood. In addition, it is crucial for adults to strengthen their socio-economic competencies and actively support children in developing these skills. Through this process, the foundation aims to transform children’s centres into dynamic ecosystems, where every component plays an indispensable role for an equitable, responsible, and sustainable use of resources. Social and financial education, therefore, represents a national objective and an inalienable right that must be guaranteed to all children, especially the most vulnerable.
Since 2009, Fundación Paniamor has partnered with Aflatoun. In 2013, they started implementing the Aflatot curriculum for Latin America as part of their Recreating Value Model. The programme benefited 47,812 children. Since then, Paniamor has successfully integrated Aflatot into the official curriculum of the Costa Rican Ministry of Public Education at the preschool level. Since the beginning of 2023, the implementation of this curriculum in classrooms has gradually expanded, ultimately reaching the target population of 114,547 children aged 4 to 6, enrolled in public schools.
“From Teacher to Teacher” Campaign:
Paniamor highlights the “From Teacher to Teacher” social media campaign as a valuable example of their endless work in empowering children through refreshing teaching practices.
This campaign displays the experiences, learnings, and challenges faced by preschool teachers who have implemented the Recreating Value Model with children aged 3 to 7 years old over the past five years.
The teachers participating in the campaign are affiliated with the CENCINAI National Directorate. They have graciously shared their insights through a qualitative survey, providing a source of inspiration.
In their narratives, they eloquently describe the positive impact of the Recreating Value Model on three significant aspects: the educational ecosystem, their teaching practices, and the overall holistic development of children.
The campaign draws upon the personal experiences and expertise of these teachers, offering a glimpse into their teaching journey in early childhood education.
“What we achieve with Recreating Value is to empower children to recognise their strengths, resources, roles, duties and rights through everyday games and activities” – (Olga, facilitator)
“One of the aspects I have truly cherished following the implementation of the Recreating Value approach is witnessing the children express their perspectives and being actively heard. It is heartening to observe that they feel secure in sharing their opinions and contributing ideas during various activities.” – (Lorena, Facilitator)
” Through the integration of educational materials that focus on cultural diversity, we have observed that children develop a greater appreciation for the unique abilities present in each individual. Furthermore, this approach helps to cultivate a deeper sense of respect towards parents with disabilities among the children.” – (Facilitator, Recreating Value Model)