balance4yourlife

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balance4yourlife: Education Innovation Center

Karlsruhe, GermanyKarlsruhe, Germany
Year Founded:
2013
Organization type: 
nonprofit/ngo/citizen sector
Project Stage:
Idea
Budget: 
$100,000 - $250,000
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

Concise Summary: Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

As changes in education are overdue, as paradigms cannot be shifted fast, we have created a complete village with an new Education Innovation Center and a Child Center (Kindergarten and Orphan's Home). The Kindergarten will start to provide education focused on talent discovery and potential support

WHAT IF - Inspiration: Write one sentence that describes a way that your project dares to ask, "WHAT IF?"

kids would love to play and enjoy learning through their whole life?
About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

The problem is how to implement global available scientific results into the existing system; how to shift paradigms and change education laws (e.g. in Germany). If we wait till something has moved, the next generation will have been grown old.

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

The balance4yourlife Education Innovation Center will provide immediate opportunity to offer learning spaces for kids of all ages and lifelong. So kids would come after school and during their school holidays to enjoy the new learning space next to school, so we don't need to wait till paradigms have shifted and laws have changed in Germany and the next generation will benefit of these opportunities. This might also be a great place for kids suffering now of e.g. ADHS. - A new Playground for heroes!
Impact: How does it Work

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

A kid in the Kindergarten of balance4yourlife will be talent supported from age of three. In the playground in nature and in the Education Innovation Center it will find all imaginable opportunities to develop whilst playing and being supported. E.g. a three or four year old girl/boy loves animals and is dreaming of becoming a vet. Within the Education Innovation Center and special trained personnel it is possible that the kid will use a microscope earlier than it knows to read or write. It is also possible to support several talents of kids if they are passionate. The early years are most important and it is even more important that this passion will not be stopped after the kids have to go to school. b4yl will always be their "home".

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Also describe the projected future impact for the coming years.

within balance4yourlife kids will grow up in a sustainable surrounding, CO2-reduced with organic food, playing outside, learning about nature but also music, building and so on. The kids will learn that they have all opportunities, they will be supported to teach other kids or even elder kids, they will be self-confident, creative and smart and strong, they will be open-minded, passionate and happy. Social behavior and wisdom will be included in the education. Actually, balance4yourlife kids will be the future ambassadors for new education system, sustainability, holism, for future of humanity and our planet - smart potential leaders.

Spread Strategies: Moving forward, what are the main strategies for scaling impact?

I cannot provide data, but exceptional results from pilot projects in Germany and Switzerland. E.G. a 16 year old manager of a TV-station teaching kids how to make TV. They are daily on air! When the boy was 18 he was invited as a speaker at Swiss Marketing Day. Another example is a nine year old boy who is already building robots and composing the music for the balance4yourlife videos. Already won several prizes. Plus many results from pilots in Kindergarten. The challenge is the first pilot project. Within five to ten years "old/former, out-dated school houses" can be let as restaurants.
Sustainability

Financial Sustainability Plan: What is this solution’s plan to ensure financial sustainability?

The Education Innovation Center within the balance4yourlife village will be cross-financed by other income sources like fees from the residents, media and event center. Education will be free of charge for all.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing the problem outlined here? How does the proposed project differ from these approaches?

Many organizations are addressing the problem, but we have not yet found a similar concept which is holistic and embedded into a small village. "A kid needs a village". The small sustainable balance4yourlife villages can be scaled and multiplied around the world. The USP is the sustainable, holistic approach.
Team

Founding Story

After fighting for paradigm change in education for more than 20 years without any significant result - following what is going on - on one hand all the published knowledge on the other more and more kids suffering of the system, there was the AHA! moment which was just that easy: IF WE CANNOT CHANGE THE SYSTEM FAST, WE HAVE TO CREATE A SOLUTION, WHICH CAN BE USED IMMEDIATELY (The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new. Seocrates)

Team

Please check the team published on our website www.balance4yourlife.org. The leading crew for education will be Prof. Dr. Arsène Verny, Dr. Andreas Berger and Heiderose Lipke. The intension is to start the project, cooperate with younger members of staff, coach them into position and the "old crew" starts the next balance4yourlife village. All team members will be full-time available for the pilot project and ongoing.