1° PART “Tyguas: Guardianes de las aves de Usme”

“Tyguas: Guardianes de  las aves  de Usme” has been a beautiful experience developed in Bogota, Colombia since 2008 till now, with three successful phases. It has been implemented with more than 360 students each year at Eduardo Umaña Mendoza School who belongs to elementary level of education. To remember, the phases are: “Our birds are your birds too” from Florida Partners Chapter, “A little bird told me” and “Tyguas: Guardians of the birds” Bogota Partners Chapter.

This propose started with 40 students and 2 teachers, and actually it has been recognized by institutions at local, national and international level like our participation at the Last International Bird fair, in San Martin de los Andes, Argentina ( 2011).

Today, we have the pleasure to share with you some of the main goals we have been working during the last few months. First, birding activity is a top priority to develop with children, parents and teachers of the project. Therefore, we visited some wetlands as “La  eserve de Encenillo” located a little over two hours of our school, “Wetland Torca and Guaymaral”, “Wetland Conejera and Cordoba” and the “Foundation Formemos” with the support of Partners of the Americas too. Here, we were so happy with the small grant received to develop several activities with the children to this Educative community. 


With recyclable material, we elaborated chess pieces representing birds that frequent Usme, then, the students were playing with these pieces oriented in physical education class.  We had the external support of Cristian Mur, biology student at the National University and the Arts and Sciences teachers.

“Painting our birds with children and teachers” was another beautiful activity that was part of the art workshops in our classes with all primary school children (third to fifth grade). We had the support of some bird experts of “Wetland La conejera” as Mr. Darwin Ortega who was our instructor

To this new year 2015, “Tyguas: Guardians of the Birds” want to share with other kids this beautiful experience, connecting the Waldorf School in Massachusetts, with our friend Magnolia Rios Massachusetts Partners chapter. This relation needs to be part of the main goal to 2015, the connection with the bilingual process with our birds: the English like and excellent tool to play, to listen and to speak with our friends about the birds like an excuse to learn each new day. Here, Learn English in Colombia, with Jorge Fabian Gonzalez, will be an important alliance to find this purpose: An excellent connection.

Thank you. By: Nury Stella Penagos C.