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Fifteen teachers from Fe y Alegría schools in Guatemala, Colombia and Ecuador visited Madrid in January together with eight Spanish classmates (from Madrid, Barcelona, Seville, Mallorca...). They were the participants of the First Course on Educational Innovation for Learning and Social Transformation. It is a initiative of Jesuit Education, Fe y Alegría, Alboan and Entreculturas, to improve the Jesuit response to the challenges of social transformation through education. It is an online course, with face-to-face formation. The first edition was in Spain.

They visited Piquer, the Jesuit school in the Madrid neighborhood of Ventilla. They met first with Rafael Carbonell, president of the School Council of the Madrid Local Government and Gregorio Casado, coordinator of training and innovation of the Piquer school. Casado stressed the  complex context of Piquer and Ventilla. He also explained the well-known project of multitasking classrooms.

The Jesuit NGO Entreculturas presented experiences using creative techniques such as InThinking/Lego. The teachers spent much of the morning building their own schools, their school innovation projects, their ideal school network model... with Lego. At the same time, they learned to use this technique to strengthen the dynamics of collaboration in the classroom.

Throughout the week they also got to know other educational institutions.

Javier Benjumea (Fe y Alegría Colombia) said that the most interesting is to advance in "how to work collaboratively and in a network, to share experiences and to know what the others are doing and how we can build an innovation model that serves in each center and that encourages others". 

During the following week the teachers continued their visit to Barcelona to learn about the educational innovation experiences of the Horitzó 2020 Project with Jesüites Educació.

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