Fabretto Children's Foundation's program is designed to provide quality early education services for children (ages 2-6) in underserved rural communities in Nicaragua. Fabretto developed the program after years of experience implementing primary education enrichment programs, when staff observed that many students were entering the first grade unprepared. In Nicaragua, 43% of children do not enroll in pre-primary education, and over 70% of preschool teachers are not properly trained; both percentages are higher in the high poverty rural communities where Fabretto works. In response to this need, Fabretto developed its early education program, which supports preschool teachers and students at more than 80 public schools and at two Fabretto Education Centers.
Fabretto trains public school teachers to improve instruction and provides key resources for classrooms. Teacher training focused on hands-on, play-based learning strategies that are inspired by proven teaching methodologies (such as Montessori and Enseñanza Abierta) and have been adapted to meet the needs of students in rural Nicaragua. In addition, teachers learn how to create their own creative teaching resources from locally-available supplies. By facilitating child-centered activities, teachers help preschool students develop the skills they need to succeed in primary school and beyond. In addition, children receive a nutritious school lunch to support healthy cognitive and physical development. The program also offers training and volunteer opportunities for parents, thus involving them in the educational community.
Fabretto's ongoing early education program receives funding from partner organizations, foundations and individual donors. Fabretto coordinates with the Ministry of Education to support public schools, and Fabretto's staff members work from several independent Education Centers. The Centers are strategically positioned within the target regions and serve as home bases for training, outreach, distribution of resources, and monitoring and evaluation.
Fabretto Children's Foundation's Early Education program is one of the 10 Champions of the LEGO Foundation and Ashoka's Re-Imagine Learning Challenge.Equipping Adults to Drive Change in Learning through Play: Providing creative training experiences for teachers, parents, and other community members that empower them to drive change for children in early education.
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CEI approaches in actionSchool supportTeacher trainingTeaching materials (teaching guides, lesson plans, etc.)Infrastructure and equipmentDeliveryStudent supportLearning through PlayLocal language/Mother tongue languageArt & Music
Model details2008Not-for-profitComprehensive curriculumMath/numeracyLiteracyLocal language/Mother tongue languageArt & MusicActiveLong-term projectFree service or product9,45945%55%
Fabretto works in conjunction with government agencies, including the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of the Families, and the Ministry of Health, to implement its early education programs. Fabretto directly reaches underserved populations by implementing early education programs in public schools in remote communities with high poverty levels. Fabretto programs work closely with community leaders, teachers, and parents to perform outreach in the community and encourage children from the neediest families to attend early education programs.
Scale9,459 children have beneficiated from the program between 2008 and 2014.8181 public preschool teachers were trained in 2014.83Fabretto operates preschool programs at two Fabretto Education Centers and at 81 public schools.81Each preschool teacher trained by Fabretto receives at least one package of teaching and learning resources per year, including resources such as paper, pencils, crayons, blocks, educational toys, etc.December, 2014
In 2011, Fabretto began to train preschool teachers in rural Nicaragua and has continued to empower teachers through a "train-the-trainer" approach. This means that the teachers selected to participate in Fabretto's training sessions are specifically prepared to replicate the training for their colleagues at local public schools.
Although the preschool teacher training is relatively new, Fabretto has run a train-the-trainer program at the primary level for many years. The Nicaraguan Ministry of Education adopted the Fabretto primary teacher training curriculum and methodology in its own nationwide programs.
Fabretto seeks to become a catalyst for change in education in Nicaragua. By implementing a quality training program and preschool curriculum, Fabretto intends to influence nationwide policy by encouraging replication and expansion of their approach. Training teachers in play-based teaching methodologies and ways to create classroom materials with local resources is the key to the success of the program. In addition, the "train-the-trainer" approach is a cost-effective way to spread knowledge to more teachers in underserved rural communities in Nicaragua.
Monitoring & EvaluationYes
Fabretto's M&E strategy is run by a team at the central office in Managua and supported by staff members at local centers.
Fabretto collects official data from the Ministry of Education on pre-school student enrollment, attendance, retention, and promotion rates in public schools. The Ministry of Education releases official data annually.
In addition, Fabretto collects data on training sessions, distribution of school lunches, and distribution and use of classroom materials. Follow-up is performed by Fabretto staff members from Fabretto's Education Centers in the region or by the M&E team. Collection frequency depends on the indicator.
This data is used to continously strengthen the program, to develop new programs, and to share with donors and supporters.Student attendanceStudent retentionIncreased enrollmentOtherTeacher performance / trainingAnnuallyQuarterlyMonthlyNo
Graduation rate is 100% as of January 2015.
Student attendance is 82% as of January 2015.
Enrollment increased from 854 children in 2008 to 1,793 in 2014.
Retention: 97% of children stayed in school for the duration of the 2014 school year.