El Abrojo

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El Abrojo

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$1,000 - $10,000
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By engaging mothers in the academic lives of their children and creating more effective and mutually reinforcing partnerships among schools, communities, teachers, and parents, Adriana Briozzo is stemming the high dropout rate among Uruguayan primary school students.

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Adriana has found that the nonparticipation of parents in the education of children living in Montevideo's poorest areas is the single greatest detriment to their performance in school. Having seen that efforts made by schools and citizen sector organizations to retain at-risk pupils without the full and active support of students' mothers achieve minimal success, Adriana is bridging the divide that keeps parents from becoming participants in their children's education. Through her initiative Tejiendo Redes ("Weaving Together Networks"), Adriana is introducing "community teachers" both to connect mothers to their childrens' schools and to teach them how to motivate their children through stimulating home activities. By also establishing networks between neighbors, this approach creates a supportive environment for both mothers and children, while simultaneously helping reinforce community development and provide women with the tools to become better educated and more engaged.