Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.
Five-year-old Frendel lives in Las Sabanas, one of the poorest rural communities in all of Nicaragua. Before, Frendel and her classmates sat at desks and copied what their teacher wrote on the blackboard. Today, with Fabretto’s training and resources, Frendel’s teacher facilitates hands-on lessons that support child development. On a typical day, Frendel joins her class to sing songs, trace blocks and draw shapes, participate in counting games, and play on the mats. As a result, Frendel has developed into an outgoing, curious learner who will enter primary school next year prepared to continue learning and excelling. With education, Frendel and her classmates will be prepared to pull their rural communities out of poverty.
Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Also describe the projected future impact for the coming years.
In 2011, Fabretto began to train preschool teachers, and in 2013, Fabretto supported over 1,896 children in 77 preschools, most in the northern region of Nicaragua. So far this year, 178 teachers have attended training and are preparing to deliver sessions at their public schools and will reach over 700 additional teachers.
Although our preschool teacher training is relatively new, Fabretto has implemented a train-the-trainer program at the primary level for many years with great success. During one 3-year teacher training period, the percentage of grade 1-3 students reading at or above grade level more than doubled (25% to 62%). In addition, our success has led the Nicaraguan Ministry of Education to adopt the Fabretto teacher training curriculum and methodology in its own nationwide programs.
Spread Strategies: Moving forward, what are the main strategies for scaling impact?
Fabretto seeks to become a catalyst for change in education in Nicaragua. Our model demonstrates a cost-effective strategy for developing quality early education, an investment that can truly change a child's life forever. By implementing a quality training program and preschool curriculum, we hope to influence nationwide policy by encouraging replication and expansion of our approach.