PROGRAM DESIGN CLARITY: We are hungry to know more about what exactly your model consists of. Please succinctly list a) what main activities are you doing with your beneficiaries, b) where you carry out the activities? c) how often? d) for how many hours? e) who delivers the services? and f) any other brief details
a) Distribute the Ma classe solidaire kit and presentations in classes
b) Junior high school and high schools in France
c) Last year, 30 presentations, next year: 80.
d) One and a half hour presentation at the beginning of the year and then help getting the project off the ground.
INSPIRATION: What do you consider the most important trends or evidence that inspire you to believe the world is ready to Re-imagine Learning? Please elaborate.
Re-imagining learning is about getting teachers to focus on empowering the young and practical education again.
LEARNING THROUGH PLAY: What does “learning through play” mean to you and why it is a must-have, instead of a nice to have?
Theory is good, but we always learn better with practical education; that’s why Babyloan networks wants teachers to continue using the “knowledge” part of the kit but to also allow students to experience microcredit and to act in a united way. Sometimes we go into adult education centers or sometimes the students are even younger than our initial target. Therefore experimentation through the game is essential to keep their attention and to get them to better understand complications which can arise.
SUSTAINABILITY: Please list a quick breakdown of your funding, indicating the percentage that comes from each source.
The educational kit, our presentations and our guidance are free to teachers and classes.
Up until now, we have almost exclusively profited from private support. Through our partners at Babyloan, la MAIF and Crédit Coopératif, and thanks to support from certain foundations.
MODEL: How does your mission relate to your business model (i.e. Non-profit, for-profit or hybrid)?
Babyloan networks is a NPO hoping to introduce and raise awareness of alternative economies to young people.
FUNDING PRIORITIES: If your organization were given $20K in unrestricted funding today, how would you use it? Why?
The $20,000 would be used to create a microcredit role-playing game, an awareness raising and teaching tool which teachers could use. This game would also appeal to a younger population (primary) or to adult education.
PARTNERSHIPS: Tell us about your partnerships that enhance your approach.
Babyloan: The origine of Ma classe solidaire and Babyloan networks. The Babyloan platform is a useful tool for raising awareness and for the achievement of this project.
- La MAIF: Member of Social and Solidarity Economies and insurance company working with those in the education sector. MAIF has access to a large network of teachers.
- Le Crédit Coopératif: Bank involved in and promoter of Social and Solidarity Economies, Crédit Coopértif bring us solidarity finance knowledge.
COLLABORATIONS: Have you considered or initiated partnerships with any of the other Challenge Pacesetters? If so, please share.
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VISION: If you had unlimited funding, and you could fast forward 15 years to when your program has been able to achieve wild success - what will it have achieved?
In 2015! We are already in full swing. Unlimited finances would allow us to hire 2 more people, one who would be in charge of communication for the distribution and valorization of the project, the other would be in charge of a network of ambassadors and volunteers all over France who would go into classes to spread the word of our work.
IMPACT - KEY METRICS: Please list the key data points that you would cite as evidence that you are able to achieve lasting learning outcomes. Please also share one data point for which you most hope to see better results over time
• Close to 1,000 downloads
• €10,350 collected by classes solidaires
• 1,720 hard copies have been sent out (since April 2013)
• 700 students have been made more aware (school year 2013-2014)
We want to see these figures rise. During the 2014-2015 school year we will establish a project evaluation system in order to convey these qualitative details.
APPROACHES: Given the complexity of play, it is not surprising that there have been numerous research attempts to categorize the different types and approaches! Please indicate which of the following your project focuses on.
Play with Objects, Symbolic Play, Other (please specify).
AFFILIATION: Please specify if your organization has any existing affiliations with the LEGO Group.