El Salvador - Nuestra historia

No creía que los libros por sí solos iban a hacer una diferencia

– Luego de trabajar 4 años en el desarrollo educativo en Centroamérica, fundadora Debra Gittler vuelve a los Estados Unidos para estudiar en el Harvard Graduate School of Education. Ella y sus compañeros empezaron un proyecto para desarrollar bibliotecas escolares en El Salvador, con el apoyo de socios en editoriales y Avianca. Así, consiguieron libros de alta calidad a bajo precio y los transportaron a El Salvador sin costo.

“No creía que los libros por sí solos iban a hacer una diferencia”, explica Debra. “Desde mi experiencia sabía que la cultura de las escuelas era dictar y copiar -no era un tema de obtener recursos sino de cambiar el pensamiento de los maestros sobre los estudiantes y el proceso de aprendizaje.”

Ahora…cómo lograr que esos libros hagan una diferencia en el aprendizaje de los estudiantes que va más allá de aprender a leer como habilidad mecánica: fomentar el pensamiento crítico y el diálogo.

Un modelo único de formación docente



En 2011, Debra y co-fundadora Zoila Recinos lanzaron el piloto de un
programa de formación docente en tres escuelas en El Salvador
que se basó en dos conceptos clave: El tipo de conversación en el aula
y elevar el nivel de pensamiento.

Después de dos años de prueba y error, el equipo observó cambios significativos en las escuelas. Los estudiantes estaban leyendo libros todos los días, hacían preguntas en la clase, llevaban los libros a casa y los padres de familia se involucraban.Los cuadernos dejaron de ser utilizados únicamente para copiar de la pizarra, convirtiéndose en registro de los pensamientos e ideas de los estudiantes.

Esfuerzos contra la violencia a través de la rehabilitación y prevención


Estudiantes en escuelas públicas rurales escribían historias reveladoras de sus vidas entre la pobreza y violencia. Era claro que era tiempo de expandir la metodología de ConTextos. En 2013, ConTextos lanzó el programa de escritura Soy Autor, primero en escuelas públicas y centros de alcance en áreas controladas por pandillas, y después en cárceles y centros de inserción juveniles.

Bajo la guía de la Dra. Selena Sermeño y Dr. Jim Garbarino, reconocidos psicólogos a nivel internacional, integramos prácticas sensibles al trauma para desarrollar comportamientos pro-sociales y amor por el aprendizaje. Vimos de primera mano cómo el proceso de convertirse en autor creó espacios de reflexión y proyección positiva para las personas que han vivenciado las realidades más horrorosas de El Salvador.

¿Hacia adonde vamos?

Entonces, ¿Es ConTextos una organización que promueve la literacidad o la prevención de violencia? ¿Estamos comprometidos con la educación o la reforma de la justicia criminal? ¿Trabajamos de manera local o internacionalmente?

La respuesta es … ¡SI!

Los estudios indican que los victimarios iniciaron siendo víctimas, y las víctimas empezaron siendo testigos. Trabajamos en contextos de violencia generalizada, donde los jóvenes son subvalorados y subestimados. El diálogo sobre textos diversos y la comunidad de autores son métodos poderosos para el cambio y la transformación individual, institucional y social.


Nuestro trabajo se proyecta al largo plazo. Sí, hay resultados inmediatos pero más importante aún son los resultados generacionales. Continuaremos nuestro crecimiento en El Salvador y Centroamérica, así como en Chicago. Nuestra prioridad es trabajar con una juventud menospreciada y excluida, jóvenes considerados “en riesgo” pero cuyas historias pueden transformar su sociedad.

Junta Directiva

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Anthony Barash

Presidente de la Junta

Recently a Fellow at the Harvard Advanced Leadership Initiative, Cambridge, MA, is an attorney with extensive experience in private and corporate practice. After retirement from practice, Tony lived for 15 months in Uzbekistan, working on an international legal reform Project. He then served as Fellow-in-Residence and Scholar-in-Residence at the Richard W. Riley Institute at Furman University.

In 2005, Tony was appointed Director of the American Bar Association Center for Pro Bono, where he served until 2010. He is passionate about national and international initiatives to provide Access to justice for the poor.

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Javier Alfaro

Board Member

General Manager for Cinemark Central America and the Caribbean since 1999. Responsible for Cinemarks' operations in 7 countries: Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama and Curacao. The company currently operates 17 theaters with 122 screens throughout the region. He holds a B.S. degree in International Trade and Finance from LSU and a Master’s degree from Tulane’s A.B. Freeman School of Business. For the last 4 years he has served in the Board of Directors of AFP CRECER.

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Ricardo Cevallos

Board Member

Senior Litigation and Arbitration Partner in El Salvador, his practice focuses mainly in banking, financial, contract and comercial law as well as arbitration and litigation. He is a member of the Texas and El Salvador Bars. Named by Latin Lawyer magazine as one of the 40 best attorneys under the age of 40 in Central America (2005), he also received the american Jurisprudence Award after receiving the highest grade in ADR in law school (1993). His international experience developed during his work at various firms in the United States and at the UN participating in UNCITRAL arbitrations.

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Darlene Mc. Campbell

Board Member

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Omar Egan

Board Member

Omar is the CEO of Industrias Caricia, the second largest shoe company in Central America, also he is the Founder and Director of a Startup in sensorial marketing technologies for retailers. He holds a B.A. in Economics from ESEN, the top business school in the country. He produced the first podcast in El Salvador in 2005 and currently produces 3 weekly podcasts from his home studio.

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Graciela Fontg

Board Member

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Jill Gross

Board Member

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Anne Hand

Board Member

Anne comes to the ConTextos board with multidisciplinary experience and expertise in philanthropy, nonprofits, and education. She has worked on a variety of multi-stakeholder initiatives with public and private partners specifically related to education, violence prevention, public health, and transnational leadership in the Americas.

She passionately believes that the circumstances of one’s birth should not limit what people are able to accomplish in their lives, and that literacy and storytelling are essential tools to allow all people to dream. Anne is currently Senior Program Manager for Leadership and Equity Initiatives at Hispanics in Philanthropy. She holds a B.Sc. in Psychology from McGill University, and an Ed.M. in International Education Policy from Harvard University. A New York native, she is based in Mexico City.

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Oscar M. Orozco Sr.

Board Member

He was born in San Salvador, El Salvador and at age 11 he moved to the United States of America, where he completed all his studies. He is a graduate of the University of Washington with a Master's degree in Banking Administration.

Oscar, started working in banking in 1971 and during those years he has held many jobs within the Bank. Start as a driver, cashier, collections, credits, Branch Manager, Area Manager, Executive Vice-President in US Banks and 45 years later he serves as the Secretary Secretary of the Board of Directors of Banco Promerica, as well as being the Regional Advisor of the Organizational Culture and also develops special projects for the Promerica Group.

He was a member of the ARMY of the United States for 3 years and during 1 year he fought in the Vietnam War.

I worked for 17 years in one of the most recognized banks in the United States, Wells Fargo Bank, where he managed the largest branch of the company and managed to be Vice-President of the same. His banking experience has been in Retail Banking in branches, where his main focus and passion has been Customer Service.

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Gabriela Poma

Board Member

Has worked as an educator and editor in Central America since 2002 and currently is affiliated with Harvard University’s Cultural Agents Initiative. She has has devoted over 25 years working to strengthen the non-profit sector of her home countries El Salvador and Nicaragua, especially in the areas of arts, literature, and strengthening education through democracy. Gabriela has a degree in French and Italian from Georgetown University’s School of Languages and Linguistics, a Master’s in Spanish from Stanford University’s ILAC Program, and a Master’s from New York University’s Interactive Telecommunications.

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Gloria Raskosky

Board Member

A native of Nicaragua, Gloria has lived in El Salvador since 1994. Prior to devoting her time to humanitarian efforts, she worked in the banking industry and as Director of Planning and Special Projects for the Nicaraguan Minister of Culture, Gladys Ramirez Espinosa, during the presidency of Violeta Chamorro from 1992-1994. Gloria is affiliated with FUSAL-El Salvador, a health and human development institution, was a board member of Tin Marin, El Salvador's Children's Museum from 2009-2012 and for ten years, has taught the FORJA character building program methodology at the American School of El Salvador.

Gloria has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology from Connecticut College and graduated high school from the Carrolton School of the Sacred Heart in Miami. She is a passionate supporter of initiatives that address social issues and believes that education plays a vital role in closing the gap between poverty and self-actualization.

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Equipo

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Debra Gittler

Fundadora y Directora Ejecutiva

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Zoila Recinos

Co-Fundadora y Directora de Programas Educativos

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Gloria Raskosky

Directora de País

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Patricia Álvaro

Psicóloga - Voluntaria ConTextos

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Steven Araujo

Diseño Gráfico

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Jackeline Ascencio

Library Specialist

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Rebecca Barriere

Communications Coordinator

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Jose Blás

Psicólogo - Voluntario ConTextos

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Jennifer Coreas

Program Coordinator: Soy Autor

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Angie Chiguasuque

Trabajadora Social - Voluntaria ConTextos

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Daisy Díaz

Soy Autor Teacher Intern

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Teresa Mejía

Assistant

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Alejandra Mejía

Director of Development and Communications

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William Melgar

Logistics Support

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Melvin Moreno

Teacher Trainer and Soy Autor Teacher

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Rene Osorio

Library technician

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Enrique Quintanilla

Teacher Trainer and Soy Autor Teacher

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Carlos Recinos

Program Coordinator: Soy Lector

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Flor Romero

Administrative Coordinator

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Anne Ruelle

Programs Associate

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Isabel Ugalde

Socióloga - Voluntaria ConTextos

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Esmeralda Zarceño

Teacher Trainer

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