Adriana Briozzo Colombo
This profile was prepared when Adriana Briozzo Colombo was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2003.
The New Idea
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.