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
Ten days of early childhood education and protection training (~8 hours each) for educators across five urban and rural districts of Timor-Leste carried out by Ba Futuru’s talented Timorese facilitators, which is followed by mentoring support sessions and follow-up surveys to gauge longer-term acquisition of knowledge and behavior change.
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.
I am inspired by technological innovations for children to engage more actively in learning complex concepts. For example, the Creator Lego series teaching children about science and creativity, and aps for phones and tablets through which children can teach themselves to read and write, even in developing areas where no educators are present. I believe the world is progressing well down a positive path of re-imagining learning, my hope now is that disadvantaged children in developing countries will have more opportunities to access and experience these innovations.
LEARNING THROUGH PLAY: What does “learning through play” mean to you and why it is a must-have, instead of a nice to have?
Learning through play is essential as it provides children with the opportunity to interact with each other and build their capacity to learn and engage with their world. While playing, children fully engage multiple senses increasing brain function and enhancing memory so that their bodies and minds can retain and build upon these experiences. The knowledge they gain through play interactions builds gradually as their play develops together with their abilities. Through play they are able to blossom into children that can relate well in society and interact positively.
SUSTAINABILITY: Please list a quick breakdown of your funding, indicating the percentage that comes from each source.
2013 funding (new and carried forward income) was broken down to approximately 6% from individuals and fee for service, 8% from international non-governmental organizations, 19% from foundations, 44% from governments, 1% from awards, 18% from corporations, 2% from the UN, and 2% from universities.
MODEL: How does your mission relate to your business model (i.e. Non-profit, for-profit or hybrid)?
Ba Futuru’s mission as a non-profit organization is to prevent the use of violence and to provide vulnerable people with skills for Timor-Leste’s development. This project works to educate teachers and parents: on child protection to prevent them using corporal punishment reinforcing cycles of violence: and on early childhood education to empower children with a positive foundation for their future – both of which support our mission.
FUNDING PRIORITIES: If your organization were given $20K in unrestricted funding today, how would you use it? Why?
To provide training and mentoring for 25 educators focused on early childhood education, child protection and positive discipline so that these educators have the capacity to provide quality participatory child-centered learning having long-term positive impacts on the lives of thousands of children
PARTNERSHIPS: Tell us about your partnerships that enhance your approach.
Ba Futuru collaborates with the Ministry of Education by providing training for teacher trainers, and in the provision of materials for the curriculum reform process. Ba Futuru also has partnerships with partner NGOs, enabling us to have better access to rural areas. This allows us to provide training programs to greater numbers of teachers and parents in Timor-Leste, thus impacting the lives of many more disadvantaged children.
COLLABORATIONS: Have you considered or initiated partnerships with any of the other Challenge Pacesetters? If so, please share.
Not yet, but we have gained some good ideas from them.
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?
All Timorese children are in preschool and participating in play-based learning. Schools are equipped with in-door and out-door educational equipment, and well trained teachers. Learning materials are on the walls and Duplo are the hands of students building creatively together. Classroom set-up encourages child-centered learning and children are confident, creative, engaged, stimulated and well prepared socially & emotionally for success in life
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
Before the training 33% of educators could list nonviolent strategies for disciplining children, after 81% could. Before the training 17% of educators could describe how to implement ‘learn through play’ strategies, after 83% accurately describe these. (To Improve) Currently in TL 70% of children cannot read 1 word after the end of first grade, where as in our preschool before leaving pre-school 90% of students can already read more than 1 word.
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.
Physical Play, Play with Objects, Symbolic Play, Pretence/ Socio-Dramatic Play, Games with Rules, Creating a Supportive Socio-Emotional Environment, Providing a Range of Opportunities (providing the equipment and materials needed for various types of play), Educational Structuring (developing playful projects within educational contexts), Adults Participating (Ensuring adults are able to play alongside children), Challenging Play (play that disrupts - where rules are disregarded and levels of imagination are high), Other (please specify).
Other (please specify)
Dramatic and Imaginative Play
AFFILIATION: Please specify if your organization has any existing affiliations with the LEGO Group.
We buy Duplo and Legos for use in our preschool and afterschool programs.