Volume 8, Issue 1
We are excited to introduce our newly revamped website still at www.worldfund.org! After more than eight years of growth and evolution, our goal with our new website is to provide a clearer message about what we do. We seek your opinion and feedback as we want to keep our website as relevant and informative as possible. Just respond to this email with any comments you may have.
We are honored that on April 5th the Mexican Embassy in Washington, DC will host a cocktail reception to celebrate the cross-border US$2 million gift made by Claudio X. Gonzalez Laporte, Becalos and Worldfund Board Chair Steve Shindler. These funds will be invested in the expansion of our principal and teacher training programs in Mexico.
Mark your calendars for our seventh annual Leadership Award Dinner on June 7, 2011, in honor of Emilio Azcárraga Jean, Chairman and CEO, Televisa; Roberto Civita, Chairman and Editor-in-Chief, Grupo Abril; and Jim O'Neill, Chairman, Goldman Sachs Asset Management. Our testimony address will be delivered by a high school graduate of Worldfund's STEM Brasil program in Recife, Brazil.
I'm also delighted to introduce three new members of the Worldfund team, Sara Levine. Sara is our new Program Director and she'll devote much of her time to working to grow our principal training program in Mexico and expanding our program evaluation/metrics work in Brazil and Mexico. Lorena Elizondo comes from Monterrey, Mexico and is interning in our NYC office, working on a number of communications projects and Ivone Sevilla joined our Mexico office, working closely with Worldfund Mexico Director, Elena Espinosa.
Finally, please tune-in Friday morning at 9:00 am EST to www.betterworldbooks.com to hear the announcements about the newest Literacy Award winners! We hope to win major funding for our Amiga Cartonera literacy project!
We remain extraordinarily grateful for all your support, which has been instrumental to our efforts at improving the quality of education in Latin America. Thanks to you, we are fast approaching our 10th anniversary year in 2012!
Donor Profile: Read about two Worldfund donors
and their impact in our partner school in Argentina...
Worldfund welcomes new Program Director Sara Levine
Factlet of the month
Brazil, Chile and Mexico all showed improvement on the recently
realized 2009 OECD PISA exam, but scores still significaly trail the
OECD average. 69% of Brazilian students, for example scored at
the bottom level in math versus 22% for all OECD students. "