We improve academic engagement of disadvantaged children worldwide by empowering primary school teachers through digital technology and training.

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Learning is a lifelong process of keeping
abreast of change, and the most pressing
task is to teach people how to learn.
Peter Drucker

BEST IN CLASS
Our comprehensive learning kit enables teachers to start
achieving results in the classroom in just weeks.

ONE COUNTRY AT A TIME We partner with teachers and leaders in primary schools to
implement our program effectively on the ground

STORIES FROM THE CLASSROOM Our time in the field gives us a good understanding of the
effect of technology in the classroom and the challenges that comes with it.

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WHY EDUCATION?

A word from Sebastien and Caroline Breteau

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After love, sharing knowledge and skills is the very essence of humanity.

We believe in a world in which all children and adults, women and men learn from each other and see learning as a lifelong process. And in doing so elevate their spirit to reach their full potential.

Sadly, education is the one major area of our lives that has not evolved at the same pace as other social systems.

For us, ensuring that children all over the world benefit from high quality education is critical and we wholeheartedly believe that education has no borders or age range.

This may sound ambitious, but we are convinced that the clever integration of digital technology in classrooms led by confident and passionate teachers, will bring us ever close to achieving this and yield tangible and measurable results on a global scale.

At the Breteau Foundation, we are committed to making this happen.

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OUR MISSION

We improve academic engagement
of disadvantaged children worldwide
by empowering primary school teachers
through digital technology and training.

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OUR PRINCIPLES

SUSTAINABILITY

Sustainability is one of our leading priorities. We ensure that our approaches are providing long-term solutions to education challenges and are capable of being sustained by our partners and local populations.

ACCOUNTABILITY

We seek to measure the impacts of our work to maximize the effectiveness of our actions and to learn and improve from the results.

COLLABORATION

We collaborate with governments, partners, communities, parents and children. We seek others’ input and we share what we know.

SCALABILITY

Guided by the drive to bring people together through education, we harness the power of technology to spotlight and diffuse successful initiatives worldwide.

EQUITY

We believe that every person deserves a chance to access a quality education and reach his or her full potential. We are dedicated to make this a reality for individuals around the world.

OUR TEAM

Sebastien Breteau

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Sebastien founded the Breteau Foundation with a vision that it was absolutely possible today to bring the best available digital education tools to the world’s underprivileged children.

Caroline Breteau

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Caroline’s peripatetic travels have taken her
across the globe, from training teenagers in
Northern India and raising funds for women in
post conflict zones to working within the world of
fashion in London and Paris

Her passions lie in bringing access to fun education and play to young children most in need, especially to those who are displaced. She is overjoyed to be working towards bringing the Breteau Foundation Education Tablets into the hands of displaced children in both Lebanon and Jordan.


GENERAL MANAGER

Emma Becker

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Emma is the Foundation’s General Manager
responsible for implementing the Foundation’s strategy and leads our global education program

She guides our technological innovation and ensures the efficient Running of the Foundation necessary for success on the ground with learners and teachers She brings to the Foundation a wealth of experience in Education and Technology.

Emma has previously worked for 6 years as an Education Consultant in a wide range of schools throughout the UK and she is an expert in the strategic, operational and technical implementation of whole school education technology solutions.

Previous to this Emma was a teacher for 6 years in secondary schools in Australia and the UK championing the use of technology in the classroom. Emma has a Bachelor of Education and a BA in Geographical Science and English at the University of Queensland.

PROJECT MANAGER

Anushka Fernando-Goonetilleke

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Anushka was the first country manager
who set up operations in Sri Lanka.

Now residing in London, she is the Foundation’s Project Manager contributing to school management, communications, research and deployment. Her educational background includes a Master of Education from Harvard University and a B.A. with honors in Sociology from Mount Holyoke College. Anushka is a mom of a toddler which she considers to be her most important job!

PROGRAM MANAGER

Yhira Ibarguen

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As Program Manager for Colombia, Yhira is
focused on the successful implementation
of the Foundation’s mission in the region.

Driven by her passion for knowledge, she has
constantly been advocating for social change
through education. Yhira worked as a teacher
for children and adults right before starting her
career in national and international NGO’s as a
consultant and facilitator of learning environments focussed on vulnerable populations.

Yhira holds an MA in Lifelong Learning Policy and
Management from the Department of Education
of Arhus University in Copenhagen and a BA in
Languages and Sociocultural Studies from the
University of Los Andes in Bogota.

LEAD TEACHER TRAINER

PROGRAM MANAGER – SOUTH AFRICA

Mona Ewees

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Mona is passionately driven by her belief
that every single child in the world
deserves high-quality education.

She is responsible for teacher training and
classroom technology implementation in
our South African schools. She herself has been
a teacher and school principal for the first
14 years of her career working both in the
primary school and high school context in
the United States and South Africa.

Mona holds a Master’s degree in Math and Science Education and United States National Board Certification.

Education Assistant

Thandekile Ngema

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Thandekile is the Education Assistant
in the South African programme. She is
responsible for teacher training and
technology implementation in the schools.

Her passion lies in empowering teachers and
learners with tools that will begin the path of
bridging the literacy gap.

She comes with a wide range of experience in
working with local schools and NGOs as an
Education Consultant and formerly a teacher.
Thandekile holds an Honours Degree in
Learning from the University of Pretoria.

Education Assistant

Jessica DeVilla

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Jessica is the Education Assistant for
Colombia, she is in charge of supporting the
Breteau Foundation’s program in the

She has worked as classroom teacher for
eight years for the International
Baccalaureate (IB) school program. Thanks
to her knowledge of the English language she
has been able to work in several IB schools
in Bogota and other education programs
linked to artistic expressions.

She has been trained in the use of e-learning
strategies for educational purposes guiding her students to learn in a fun way whilst they get familiarized with the school curricula. She studied Literature at the National University of Colombia and has a Masters degree in Contemporary Culture, Art Institutions and Cultural Management

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