Fundación Aprender is a private non-profit organization founded in 2008.

Its mission is to enable people with specific learning difficulties (DEA) to successfully achieve their integral development in equal opportunities from adequate education, support and follow-up to adulthood and professional.

Our main objective is to ensure that children with normal intelligence, whether or not they have dyslexia, achieve school success, which implies:

  • To achieve the objectives of the curricular design contemplating with all specificity the gnostic and practical difficulties of our students. We seek to reach the same goal but in a different way, in other ways.
  • Develop the cognitive skills of each student through the appropriate methodology: Helix model.
  • Develop skills and not only academic skills: interact with others, assume responsibilities, collaborate, face and solve problems, develop critical thinking, be creative, innovative, entrepreneurs.
  • Encourage or recover, if necessary, psycho-affective stability in the student, achieving more security and self-confidence with greater self-esteem.
  • Get the student to learn and enjoy doing so and positively assess their progress, overcoming demotivation and sense of failure, so characteristic in students with dyslexia.

Two schools belong to Fundacion Aprender:

  • Brot School founded in 2011 www.fundacion-aprender.es/brotmadrid/ , is a public school financed by the Spanish Ministry of Education. it is cover since 3 grade of primary (8-9 years old students) until Bachillerato (16-17 years old students). We have 350 students.
  • Jara school, www.colegiojara.com, is a private school open in 2018-2019 school year. 200 students are already on-board, and we increase the students year by year.

To achieve our mission, both schools follow the same pedagogical model, called Helix, based on Decroly and on the experience he teaches from 3 to 16 years old. With the Helix model our students learn cooperatively, through challenges or problems; doing research; observing what surrounds us, doing, manipulating, associating, expressing what has been learned through models, lectures, artistic expressions…; with the teacher as a guide in the classroom, accompanying, awakening interest, helping to understand why, teaching to think … Always enjoying all of each activity! Through close experiences, understanding the principles and contents and linking them with their reality, to acquire from there a deep learning.

Other activities/resources of Fundacion Aprender are:

  1. a) CORAT evaluation and intervention center, our professionals, therapists, psych pedagogues, psychologists, pedagogues, teachers, psychomotricist… have high specialization in the different areas, which allows us to obtain a deep knowledge of the child and its characteristics.
  2. b) Training institute; as we believe that learning difficulties shouldn’t be an obstacle at home or at school, whether you are a parent or a professional in the world of Education, we prepare you to know what to do and how to improve their and your skills. Our training offer a; face-to-face courses, blended learning course, conferences, congresses, seminars and other symposia. In addition, we move to your workplace to train you and your colleagues
  3. c) Project and research, In collaboration with experts, teachers, educational centers, affected by specific learning difficulties (DEA) and families, in addition to different universities, we promote research through the promotion of theoretical and experimental works and conducting scientific studies that allow establish reliable data and improvements in teaching Fundacion Aprender is a pioneer center in Spain that is characterized by its philosophy and approach. The work philosophy is based basically in deep respect for people’s differences and recognition of their potential. It is oriented to integral and harmonious development of the person and, therefore, covers all aspects of the human being: physical, emotional, emotional, intellectual and social.

The Foundation is directed by a Board of 5 members. The staff consists of a director for each area, 90 employees and 30 volunteer members.

Contact Persons:

Irene Ranz, President
C/Blas Cabrera 88
28044 Madrid, Spain
email: irene.ranz@fundacion-aprender.es

Marta Miranda, CFO
C/Blas Cabrera 88
28044 Madrid, Spain
email: marta.miranda@fundacion-aprender.es

Eva del Olmo, Art Teacher
C/Blas Cabrera 88
28044 Madrid, Spain
email: eva.delolmo@colegiobrotmadrid.es

Pablo Mato, English and Language and Literature Teacher
C/Blas Cabrera 88
28044 Madrid, Spain
email: pablo.mato@colegiobrotmadrid.es