Instituto Sri Sathya Sai Brings Self-confidence to their Students

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Monica Marin

School Administrator

Institution type: A non-profit organization with the mandate to develop the spiritual values.

Country: Mexico

About:

A non-profit organization with the mandate to develop the spiritual part of humankind through a Human Values Education program. The institute trains teachers, pedagogues and social workers to teach the youngest learners to develop their character, in flourishing as complete human beings with all round qualities.  Also, the institution is in charge of publishing manuals, books and articles related to this topic. And finally, we have two model schools in México which take to real life how a Human Values Education program has impacts in all the aspects of the daily life.

Please describe your role, what do you do?

I’m in charge of the operation of the administrative aspects for our schools such as payroll, salary reviews, hiring, finance status, accounting, tax payments, social security.  Additionally, I look for academic partnerships to enhance our students learning environment.

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What were your main challenges before using FAME?

We had an internal audit last year to analyze our school’s performance.  The outcome reflected that there were two main topics that we needed to focus on: English language and Science.

Our schools should improve the teaching of both subjects to create opportunities for our graduates, so they are able continue their learning journey at high school and university to have access to better jobs.

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What was the motivation to use FAME?

First, we looked at it as an interesting project for the junior high. We were starting back then, the courses looked attractive for our students, whom could give them notions about drawing and spaces, but after the internal audit we had, we realized that we could use the platform to leverage English language and Science subjects as well.

What was the criteria you used when making the decision to become a FAME partner?

The platform is very easy to use and that we could on board students in our rural areas regardless their location.  The courses are short duration (microlearning) with deep and clear content and very well-explained, making our students have the sense of progression.

"Once the Science, Math and English courses were released, we were very happy"

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How has the experience been of being part of our FAME Partner Network?

We have always been in communication with the FAME staff and aware that the course library keeps on expanding.  Once the Science, Math and English courses were released, we were very happy.  FAME is a product that we use daily, it’s a platform that continuously grows and every new update happily surprises us.

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How has FAME helped you to address your challenges?

We were very concerned on how to get better in Sciences and English courses as a second language. We’ve trained our English teachers and hired a Science expert to teach in the junior high and we looked at FAME as a partner in which we could find support for our institution in these two subjects.

How has FAME impacted your success?

Today we see our students of the junior high transitioning from their English class to their Digital Art class with ease, for instance in their English classes they listen and speak in English, an hour later they switch subjects with their Digital Art teacher to a totally new topic about spheres and 2D or 3D stuff in English as well! it’s a joyful experience to watch them grow and learn.

When the students do switch from one class to the next class, they probably do not realize that they are in a completely different head space. Please take into consideration that our schools are not bilingual, and our children come from very poor families with a very low level of education.

For their parents to see that their children speak English, understand the human figure and its dimensions is a wow effect! Parents are pleasantly surprised their children are so smart in these subjects, because most their parents do not understand these subjects themselves as adults.

How do you measure the value FAME provides?

In self-confidence.  To see how our boys and girls can express themselves through a combination of Art, Mathematics, and Science in English without any hesitation or embarrassment is the greatest achievement!

In poverty the lack of self-confidence is a way of living, the feeling of “I do not deserve this or I’m not worthy of that” happens every day. However, when these young boys and girls express a mathematic problem, offer the solution to such problem and can explain to their teacher the difference between a sphere and a circle in English (foreign language), this is a big step, for our school, for them, and for their future lives!

"This is a big step, for our school, for our students, and for their future lives"

What do you love about your job? Your company?

The opportunity to see how Education -the right one- impacts people’s lives. You can give students more opportunities that will enhance their lives and the ones around them. We are certain that our students will decide the best future for themselves and their families.

I’m very glad we chose FAME to supplement our students’ education.  In the past days, we have been talking to other schools in our region that have similar conditions as our school, and they are very interested and willing to pilot FAME with us for their own students.

I’m very confident that this kind of education that is modular, integrated, easy to use, with a global concept of non-frontiers will give students a larger vision of the world to make better decisions for their own future.

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