Volume 7, Issue 2
It's back to school for those of us in the northern hemisphere and, on Thursday, Mexico will celebrate 200 years of independence. Against this backdrop, we at Worldfund are gearing up for an intense year. Much of our efforts during this coming year will be targeted towards explosive program growth, thanks to your continued support. We are expanding:
--IAPE (Mexican teacher training) program from 102 teachers last year to a planned 440 teachers trained this year.
--SLP (Mexican principal training) from 100 principals trained last year to an expected 250 principals trained this year.
--STEM Brasil (Brazilian teacher training in science/math) from three high schools last year to a forecasted 76 schools this year.
The number of students meaningfully impacted annually by our programs will increase from 86,000 to nearly 186,000 in 2010. Worldfund continues to operate very efficiently with only 11 staff members in NYC, Mexico and Brazil managing growth of our three teacher/principal training programs and working closely with our many partner schools and afterschool program partners (such as Mano Amiga and Redes Mare) throughout Latin America.
Early independent evaluation work on our three teacher/principal training programs indicate that they are having a powerful impact on how teachers teach and principals lead. A recent article in the New York Times about education and the sustainability of Brazil's economy underscores why Worldfund's STEM Brasil program is so important.
After living in NYC for nearly 20 years, I will finally be partaking in one of this city's greatest traditions, the NYC marathon. As much needed added incentive to get across the finish line, I will be "Running for Mexico," raising funds that will be dedicated to our Mexican IAPE program. A donation for the run would be much appreciated. Please click here to donate or paste this URL into your browser: http://www.crowdrise.com/worldfundmexico.
Finally, an early teaser for our June 7th 2011 gala in NYC so that you can mark your calendars. We will be honoring Emilio Azcarraga Jean (Chairman and CEO, Televisa), Roberto Civita (Chairman and Editor-in-Chief, Grupo Abril) and Jim O'Neill (Chairman, Goldman Sachs Asset Management), the global economist who penned the term BRICs). We look forward to seeing many Worldfund friends there.
Factlet of the Month
Less than half of Brazilian 15-17 year olds are enrolled in high school--some have repeated grades and are still enrolled at lower levels, while many have dropped out. (Source: PREAL).