Fondacio’s international program for young people in precarious situation Young Lives, already active in various countries in Asia, has started in Columbia since March 2019. Young Lives Potosí, located in Ciudad Bolívar, a huge locality in Bogotá of around 600.000 inhabitants, whose headquarter is in the Potosí district, has not stopped its activities during the lockdown due to the Covid-19. Its dynamics has continued virtually for 25 young people with the program Life Skills. Its aim is to help integrating the suburban teenagers into the higher education meanwhile they complete their basic scholar studies. The initial program for the year 2020 has been conceived for 15 weeks (from March to June) with foreign languages (English – French), Personal Development, Social Projection, Entrepreneurship, and IT classes. Those lessons were given face to face until March 20th, date of the beginning of the Covid-19 crisis in Columbia. Due to the preventive isolation expected until May 26th, the teaching must be provided virtually. Thus, the teenagers can keep on with the program and achieve their goals. These last 7 weeks, the team has reacted positively in preparing digital content, meetings, and learning.
The lockdown is also an opportunity to develop a new project of interculturality. In combination with the Young Lives’ teams in Asia, we gathered young people from different countries to try the new idea. Two or three students from each country has participated to this cultural exchange program in English, in Ivory Coast, Colombia, Iraq (in combination with the MERE Academy, institution from the Kurdistan region in Iraq to help the professional insertion) and Malaysia. It permits them to speak with people from all around the world whereas they are forced to stay at home. This project’s final objective is still integrating the teenagers from all the different centres of Young Lives and other interested collaborators in order to allow international online discussions, make new friends and practice English at the same time. We already did two first calls where the teenagers could chat about their lives and their lockdown’s conditions. These calls allowed a first approach of the interculturality. Moreover, asynchronous activities are organised to maintain theses new relations.
“I like Young Lives a lot because it allows me to achieve my goals” Daniel
“I have learned new abilities to provide to my local community” Juan Pablo
“The intercultural project stimulates me to learn more foreign languages to make friends all around the world” Yuyu
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Email: contacto @ younglives.com.co