Worldfund Expands Education Program to reach 2.400 Students in Partnership with the Credit Suisse Global Education Initiative
São Paulo, Brazil, August 5, 2010 – Worldfund, the premier US-based non-profit organization dedicated to improving primary and secondary education throughout Latin America, in partnership with The Credit Suisse Global Education Initiative will expand the STEM Brasil learning program which introduces teachers of mathematics and science in Brazil’s public high schools to interactive learning techniques, and gives students the opportunity to further their education in math and science through extra training courses. Credit Suisse is currently supporting this program in three secondary schools in the city of Recife on the north-east coast of Brazil. A total of 2,400 students are benefiting from the intensive training on offer to their teachers, and 800 students are making the most of the extra training courses.
“Worldfund’s partnership with Credit Suisse enables a critical support for the growth and success of our STEM Brasil program,” said Luanne Zurlo, founder and president of Worldfund. “Our corporate partners are a key component to our private-public partnership approach that calls local governments and multilateral agencies to action to improve education standards in Latin America in order to fuel social and economic development,” Zurlo added.
Fritz Gutbrodt, Director of the Credit Suisse Foundation, said "At Credit Suisse, we strongly believe that a sound social environment is an important factor determining Credit Suisse’s long-term success. As a result, we have been committed to supporting communities around the world for many years, and a key element in this strategy is our Global Education Initiative to improve the quality of education for school-aged children. We are delighted that we are now working with Worldfund on an initiative focusing on improving math and science teaching in Brazil, thus extending our initiative's reach to Latin America."
Kelly Maurice, director of Worldfund Brazil continued by saying that “We are looking to reach 150,000 children by year 2015 across Brazil to unleash self-development opportunities in one of the world’s fastest growing economies.” “We are excited at the opportunities brought by our partnership with Credit Suisse”, Maurice concluded.
Stefano Natella, Global Head of Equity Research at Credit Suisse, Head of Equity Research at Credit Suisse, said that "As a Board Member of Worldfund and one of its founders, I am very proud to see Credit Suisse and Worldfund working together to make this program available to a larger group of communities in Brazil. We want to see this program grow gradually and expand across Brazil and the rest of the region and provide an education model that others can follow."
The Credit Suisse Global Education Initiative gives support to selected international organizations with the aim of providing thousands of school-age children and young people with an education and of improving the quality and effectiveness of the educational opportunities available to them. In May 2010 Worldfund joined the list of partner organizations selected for The Credit Suisse Global Education Initiative. Working on behalf of disadvantaged children and young people, Worldfund helps to raise the quality and relevance of education in Latin America.