As 2016 draws to a close, we thought we’d give you a little update on what we have been getting up to in the last year at the Breteau Foundation.
We have been busy bees, setting our sights high and are proud to report that our program now reaches 15,000 students and teachers and that we have grown our network of schools to 56 schools across South Africa, Colombia, Sri Lanka, Laos, Ivory Coast, UK and new for us in 2016; Myanmar and Lebanon.
In Lebanon we couldn’t be more thrilled that our vision to help displaced refugee children has become a reality this year. The program launched in December after a busy few months customising our content for Arabic learners.
To help address the wider problems faced in the area we helped build a primary school for 300 Syrian refugee children in Saida, who have been out of school for 2 years and we are extremely excited to unveil our first Mobile Education Bus! This
At home we have also undergone some growth, welcoming two new education assistants Thandekile Ngema in South Africa and Jessica Villa Dávila in Colombia, both of whom bring a wealth of experience, skills and passion to the Foundation.
For more information, please refer to our website and our video that we hope helps to capture the essence of our work..
Moving forward in 2017 our key priority is to deepen the education experience in the schools and areas we are already in. We look to invest not only in expanding our tech program but also to provide basics such as proper sanitation, nutrition and safe, fun playgrounds where possible.
On the tablets we plan to double our app offering, as well as double the 640 high-quality classroom lessons that are currently available in Spanish and English on our offline content platform. We will also update the comprehensive digital education toolkit we equip our teachers with and aim to deliver an even better teacher training support program.
Measuring our impact continues to remain a key focus in 2017. We are proud to share that our program is providing a holistic education experience with 76.6% of teachers reporting an improvement in the development of academic skills in their students. Two thirds confirm that our program has contributed to the development of student confidence in using technology and 68% have told of improved collaborative work and reinforcement of community values.
But we still have a long way to go. Facing the obvious issues of little to no wifi in the majority of school we are in, methods for capturing data can be somewhat archaic and take longer to monitor. However as we enter our fourth year we certainly hope to begin to share with you our findings.
Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and a fantastic New Year.
Sebastien & Caroline Breteau
Our special thanks goes out to:
3asafeer, 3 Elles, Africa Foundation, Barefoot Foundation/Fundación Pies Descalzos, Cardinal Blue Software, CodeSpark, Edoki Academy, EDULIS, Evernote, Fe y Alegría, Filimundus, Frankie John, Fundación Escuela Nueva, Fundación Granitos de Paz, Fundación Restrepo Barco, Help Refugees, Zoe Incubation Centre, Infinut, Jeremie Klemke, Jonas Jonsson, Kineto, Klicktock, L'Escapadou, Lensoo, Les Trois Elles, Mr Price Foundation, Nicolas Macquin, Pic Editor, RavensBurger Digital GmBH, Real Labs, Red Jumper Studio, Revontulet Studio, Salam LADC, SB Overseas, TES Global, Toca Boca, Tynker, Ustwo, WiCastr, Xander Apps