2018 marks our sixth year in operation and it has been another very active year for us at the Breteau Foundation. We continue to set high standards for ourselves and we are pleased to share with you our work and our achievements this year.
Our Digital Education program now reaches 17,949 students in 63 schools in South Africa, Colombia, Lebanon, Laos, Myanmar, UK, Sri Lanka, Ivory Coast, Dominican Republic, and Ethiopia. Our teacher training programme now supports 616 teachers in schools and our tablet programme has provided 800,772 hours of educational support to our children worldwide!
Sustainability has been a priority in our work this year and we have been focused on transitioning our partner schools to be autonomous and empowered advocates of digital technology in the classroom. We are proud that all 34 of our legacy schools in South Africa and Colombia are successfully managing their programme self sufficiently under our sustainable model.
In Lebanon, we successfully launched our second Mobile Education Bus which travelled more than 6,711km bringing our digital education programme to a further 1,604 refugee children in the West Bekaa region. We created, designed and built a brand new classroom interior and our custom made tent on the side of the bus has provided an additional 1,216 psychosocial support sessions (PSS).
This year, through new partnerships with app publishers who are leading the way in personalised attainment tracking, we are thrilled to have overcome one of the challenges we have faced in previous years; measuring the academic progress of our learners. Results from three pilot studies have been overwhelmingly positive and we have seen learners grow their numeracy ability by several months in a short period of time. We are very pleased to share our 2018 Annual Report, which details this work and impacts of our program this year.
As we set our sights on 2019, we plan to expand our programmes further adding an additional 29 new schools across South Africa, Colombia and Lebanon, reaching a further 9000+ students and 360 teachers.
We also plan to open the doors to our first Breteau Foundation school in Kazliki Village, Turkey. Our Kindergarten will provide education for local children in the village and surrounding areas but will also engage the community providing English lessons on evenings and weekends. Here’s a sneak peek of our first concept designs.
Another new venture we are planning in 2019 is to link-up our learners and schools, the world over, into our first environmental project. Reducing plastic waste in our oceans, is a problem we all share and another subject close to our hearts. We are busy co-producing a short children’s film with Plastic Oceans International, creating a dynamic education workshop and custom made classroom resources that we plan to make available to our network of schools, students and teachers worldwide. We hope to inspire children all over the world to tackle the issue of single use plastic and initiate change.
We would like thank our fabulous Breteau Foundation Team for their continued hard work, dedication and passion in delivering our program worldwide as well as our many valued partners and schools who help make what we do even better.
Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and a fantastic New Year.
Sebastien and Caroline Breteau
Our special thanks goes out to:
Africa Foundation, Al Manera Second Public School, Amel Association International, Book Creator Capital Partners, Code Spark, Damma Hug, DoodleMaths, Edoki Academy, EDULIS, EduNova, EZ Education, Filimundus, Fundación Granitos de Paz, Fundación Comunitaria Zona Franca Santiago. R.D.G, Fundación Escuela Nueva, Fundación Pies Descalzos, Fundación Restrepo Barco: Programa Transformación Educativa para la Vida, Ghazza Public High School, Help Refugees, Infinut, Jousour, Kamed El Louz Elementary Public School, Kano, Kids Academy, Kineto, Kukua, L’Escapadou, Look Open, Make Make, Mr. Price Foundation, Palestinian Children and Youth Institute, Plastic Oceans Foundation, RealLabs, Salam LADC, SmartLabs SA, Smartick, Social Solidarity centre-Nuwat, Tahaddi, Thorpe Foundation, Ululab, VF Corporation, Xander Apps, Zoe Incubation Centre.