International Brain Education Association (IBREA)

IBREA Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization whose mission is to educate individuals, communities, and nations to realize the potential of the human brain to bring health, happiness and peace to all of humanity and the Earth.
Mar 30, 2015

2015 plans and Gloria, principal of Joaquin Rodezno

Gloria, a model of responsibility and action
Gloria, a model of responsibility and action

We visited El Salvador on March 23-27 and met with Ministry authorities and ISBM staff to program our activities for this year. We have set up a plan to train selected old participants of 2013 and 2014 at a deeper level in June of this year.  The participants are chosen together with the Ministry and ISBM, based on criteria of their performance during the course (attendance, exams etc) as well as their replication in their school and their community. They will become the main multiplying agents in the country. We also plan to enhance the research this year in collaboration with the University of Central America (UCA).

Gloria, principal of Joaquin Rodezno, one of the most difficult schools at the heart of San Salvador, where the program was delivered in 2012 reaching very positive results, continues to apply the program and has taken ownership by integrating it in the school activities in a very productive way. A group of core students is currently being taught by herself and some of the teachers, and they will each deliver the program to another 5 students in the spring.

She has shared with us she keeps observing changes in the school related to attendance, motivation and academic achievement.

During this site visit, we could also finalize the process of establishing IBREA legally in El Salvador. It is now subscribed as a local NGO and will start new initiatives and projects with trained participants under that status. The goal is to make the project more and more sustainable and strengthen the responsibility of the participants to expand its benefits to more people in the country and evaluate its impact in light of governmental goals of higher motivation, better academic achievement and a climate of peace in the schools.

Thank you always for your support!!! This is only possible with your collaboration. Please keep helping this wonderful process of healing, growth and productivity in El Salvador.

Students in Joaquin Rodezno, Brain Education class
Students in Joaquin Rodezno, Brain Education class
Students in Joaquin Rodezno working hard!
Students in Joaquin Rodezno working hard!
Mar 30, 2015

Successful start

With CIDE (School of Education, National Univ.)
With CIDE (School of Education, National Univ.)

The two-year campaign is now underway! IBREA delivered the initial Brain Education training to teachers working at a constructivist school dedicated to peace and social justice in a local community on the outskirts of San Jose; rural community members in Sarapiqui; as well as college students studying to become special education teachers.

As participants become experts in the program, they will become more responsive to the needs of those around them. Eventually as they become more experienced in the training, they will continue to create a larger community impact as they train parents and other community members respectively. Together, the teachers and community members who receive Brain Education will build a culture of harmony within the community they live in.

This project seeks to create an even larger impact by training college students. These students  are crucial to the sustainability of the project as they will work to continue building relationships with each of the two initial communities. As these students enter the community as professional educators and leaders, their knowledge will have a rippling effect as they continue to promote cognitive, emotional and physical health.

Together with IBREA staff, 5 other volunteers, coming from different cultural and educational backgrounds are working on this project. While supporting the training of community members, college students and teachers, as well as the research angle of the project, they are also enhancing their own experience with Brain Education and will spread their learning in their own communities back home.
Let's keep co-creating this model for harmonious living. Please make a donation and send this news to your family and friends for them to take an action too. If you are also interested in actively being a part of the campaign by training people in a local community you are connected to, please email info@ibrea.org with your idea. We will guide you through the process of applying the campaign in your own context.
Thank you always for your valuable support!!!
Children
Children's group
Students
Students' group
Students group
Students group
Students group
Students group
Students group
Students group
Volunteers
Volunteers
With rural community families
With rural community families
Rural community families
Rural community families
Childrens group
Childrens group
Childrens group
Childrens group
Dec 29, 2014

Certification of 2014 group

On December 19, 2014, a new group of over 200 beneficiaries, including principals of schools, teachers, and doctors taking care of educator's health, was certified by IBREA. All of them are replicating the program. This was a prerequisite before getting certified. Two principals gave their testimony, it was so touching to hear from them how the program has changed their lives and their schools. By learning and practicing to manage their emotions and stress and to focus inside to find solutions to their problems, they are feeling more healthy, stable, and productive and creative in their context. Some of the participants have also started going outside their school and teaching other principals of schools in their communities. The replication is happening in a very natural way, because the participants experienced the changes in themsevles first, so they passionately want to share what they learned in order to benefit others.

IBREA discussed with the Ministry of Education a sustainability plan for the future. In 3 years, it is planned for the government and the Salvadorian community to take full ownership of the process of expanding brain education to all the schools in the country. This is a big step! Please keep supporting them in the process until it become sustainable. Your help is what is making it possible for them to take full responsibility afterwards, which is the ultimate goal.

The certifying event included a presenation of the research results by a local doctor from the Instituto Salvadoreño de Bienestar Magisterial (ISBM), one of the project's partners. The results show a statistically significant decrease in weight (72% of participants), body mass index (64% of participants) and blood pressure (41%). At the emotional-social level, the research results show a big decrease in accute stress, emotional fatigue, and depersonalization, and an improvement in school climate, self-efficacy and self-realization.

Everybody celebrated the results of this collective effort and commited to continue supporting the process as IBREA starts with a new group in 2015. Enjoy the pictures!

Please make an End-of-the-Year donation and gift to this meaningful project that is greatly changing the atmosphere and results in the El Salvador education system, giving new hope and strength to a population that has suffered too much for too long.

Thank you always ~ 

IBREA

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