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Our work in schools

In its mission to improve access to quality education, Spring Communities works directly with schools. Its actions are designed to help reduce absenteeism, mass repetition and school drop-out. 

To achieve this goal, Spring Communities has put in place a comprehensive approach that includes strategies to support school attendance, set up learning structures, develop pedagogical tools and provide education for health and well-being. 

We ensure that school materials are provided to children and young people at the start of each school year to encourage school attendance.

This strategy is accompanied by actions to reinforce schoolwork through sessions of reinforcement of subjects learned in class with repeaters. These children and young people also receive a meal in a canteen set up so that they can benefit from a healthy and balanced diet, contributing to the improvement of their mental and emotional well-being, one of the important factors for success at school. 

Within partner schools, Spring Communities has set up learning support structures called Inspiration Hubs

Inspiration Hubs are a space for young people to thrive and learn. These structures, which today count 600 young people, are present in 6 public schools, and aim to help young student members acquire information on their rights, promote their talents and enable them to make the right choices at academic and professional levels. 

To ensure that learning is fundamental, Spring Communities has developed and made available to these structures in schools, the main pedagogical tools which are the Comic Strip and the OASP tool (Academic, School and Professional Orientation). 

The Comic Strip: a stimulating element in young people’s learning, but also a multi-disciplinary learning tool that is used by young students to learn from the themes dealt with in the Comic Strip, to exchange and debate within Inspiration Hub, and to identify and implement initiatives that meet community needs.

The OASP tool: a tool designed to enable young people to make their own choices and increase their capacity for self-determination. The main goal is to empower young people to free themselves from restrictive and oppressive stereotypes determined by gender, class, region and religion.  This tool is used to identify the talents and aspirations of each young person, to bring them together and orient them according to identified talents and aspirations, and to support them via the transformational strategy. 

In the same way of improving access to quality education, Spring Communities focuses on health education, combining training in bodily cleanliness to avoid bodily illness, especially for young children, with the mobile hairdressing salon approach, leading to alternative care sessions, in order to reduce school absenteeism. 

Spring Communities also offers training programs to ensure that adolescents and young people have access to comprehensive and reliable information on sexual and reproductive health, enabling them to become involved in sexual and reproductive health and rights programs. These conscientious young people become peer educators in the community, helping to reduce unwanted pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases, which lead to massive repetition of grades and school dropouts.