Keys to incorporating soft skills at the different educational levels of Fundación Pachacútec

In November the vaccination of minors began and with it the opportunity for more students to be able to resume their learning in schools and institutes in person. However, something that this pandemic has taught us is the need to strengthen soft skills, known as ‘softskills’ in their educational centers so that in the future they can adapt to changing environments and successfully insert themselves into the world of work.

“The COVID-19 pandemic should not mean a setback in learning, but an opportunity to develop those skills that are needed to overcome any crisis and enter the world of work. According to various studies, 75% of job success depends on soft skills. To promote them in the Pachacútec Foundation we have been working on this aspect for several years. It is part of our DNA and one of our differentiating elements. ”, Indicated Alexis Pancorvo, academic director of the Pachacútec Foundation.

Among the soft skills that the Pachacútec Foundation develops in its three educational levels at Ventanilla, the academic director mentions: teamwork, communication, responsibility, emotional stability, problem solving, leadership, among other skills that are difficult to find in the market. labor.

“In meetings with representatives of the private sector to review and update the different curricula, it is amazing how they highlight the importance of skills such as communication, teamwork, the desire to learn, creativity, among others. These elements they refer are key and so much so that 92% of employers affirm that they matter to them as much as hard skills, ”said Pancorvo.

Some recommendations that the Pachacútec Foundation offers to the educational community are the following:

1. Have a soft and socio-emotional skills file that serves as a measurement and monitoring instrument on the development, achievement and achievement of them among students.

2.     Escuchar al estudiante y estar atento a sus problemas, pues es necesario para proveer el apoyo emocional que será base para el desarrollo adecuado de las softskills. En Fundación Pachacútec se hace a través del área de tutoría y tutores especialmente designados para cada grado o ciclo.

3. Provide continuous feedback for the full development of skills in a personalized way. At the Foundation, interviews are held twice a year in which the career director, the tutor and the student participate. During the meetings, the students receive suggestions for their development and set clear objectives for the following semester.

4. Offer programs that develop the confidence, dependability, and teamwork skills necessary to be successful in school, work, and life. At the Foundation we have a program developed by our professional team, as well as international programs such as the Passport to Success ®. This international program has been implemented in more than 50 countries and has trained over 200,000 youth to date. In the latter case, they are licensed to teach the program, as well as facilitators and tutors certified by the International Youth Foundation (IYF) based in the United States of America.

Change a Life Campaign

The Pachacútec Foundation has launched a digital collection called “Change a life”.

With this campaign, it is expected to reach S / 230,000 to benefit 60 new young people greatly affected by the pandemic, of all educational levels for a year, expand the infrastructure created to teach classes and improve basic services such as water, sewage and light, which is so important for them to have access to connectivity.

To join the campaign, you can go to: Fundación Pachacútec (www.fundacionpachacutec.org), and go to the “Collaborate” tab, which shows the different donation modalities. Also, you can donate at the bank: BCP in the current account soles: 191-2632619-0-09 and the current account dollars: 191-2631485-1-65.

More than 1,500 schoolchildren and young people from the Pachacútec Foundation were trained in the use of digital tools

In the first quarter of 2021 it was reported that there are 10 million Peruvians who do not use the internet, which represents 33% of the population, according to the latest report from the National Institute of Statistics and Informatics (INEI). Among the main reasons mentioned by those who are not users of the service is that they do not need it (40%), are unaware of its use (30%) and that it does not reach their homes (11%), detailed a survey carried out by Osiptel in the 2019.

While the digital divide is not only limited to the lack of Internet access, it has contributed to its further widening during the COVID-19 pandemic. For this reason, the Government, universities and organizations have launched programs and initiatives to educate people on ICTs and digital tools.

This is the case of the Pachacútec Foundation, which since it implemented digital skills in its curriculum in 2016, has trained more than 1,500 thousand low-income school children and young people from Ventanilla, who are part of its three educational projects: the Luisa Astrain school, the Center for Productive Technical Education – CETPRO Nuevo Pachacútec and the institute.

“Achieving digital literacy is a huge challenge, but necessary since it will allow young people to benefit from greater accessibility to information and they will have access to applications that will make their lives easier, will include them in society and will allow them to access a quality of higher education ”, indicated Alexis Pancorvo, academic director at Fundación Pachacútec.

He also pointed out that of the total number of students and schoolchildren who enter the Foundation, approximately 30% of the young people have limited use of basic computer tools and not only they, but also their parents, for whom they created a special program.

“For the parents of the students, we have designed a program in which we train them on the most basic digital tools and programs such as the use of Microsoft Office, emails and the use of social networks so that they can promote their own businesses and ventures. . We are currently training 100 parents, and our goal is for the program to reach many more, ”said Alexis Pancorvo.

In this way, the Pachacútec Foundation seeks to transform the lives of low-income people, based on an education of excellence for children and young people, and positively impacting their families and society.

Change a Life Campaign
To achieve its objectives, including reducing the digital divide and achieving digital literacy, the Pachacútec Foundation has launched a digital collection called “Cambia una vida”. With this campaign, it is expected to reach S / 230,000 to benefit 60 new young people greatly affected by the pandemic, of all educational levels during a year, expand the infrastructure created to teach classes and improve basic services such as water, sewage and electricity, which is so important for them to have access to connectivity.

To join the campaign, you can go to: Fundación Pachacútec (www.fundacionpachacutec.org), and go to the tab “ Collaborate ”in which the different donation modalities are shown. Also, you can donate at the bank: BCP. Soles checking account: 191-2632619-0-09 and dollars checking account: 191-2631485-1-65.