Empower war-affected children in Liberia

 
$12,347
$7,653
Raised
Remaining
Apr 18, 2013

BE student & rep of the Min of Education in the UN

Monen presenting at the UN
Monen presenting at the UN

The Ministry of Education has expressed its full support to the program and we are raising the funds to go back and apply the BE curriculum to 10 more schools and the Rural Teachers' Training Institutes.

As part of the follow up to our 3-month pilot project in Liberia, Monen, one of our BE students and staff-in-training, who is also a County Officer for the Minsitry of Education in Liberia, came to the UN to present the impact of the project in the Liberian educational context. As a result of her presentation, the UN country representative for Sierra Leone expressed interest in replicating the model in his country because of its similar circumstances.

Harrietta, the other official from the Liberian Ministry of Education who participated in our BE program is now going to be involved in IBREA's Earth Citizen Declaration campaign. She's spreading the word among Liberian young people about the huge value of their brain and its capacity to see the world and live with an Earth Citizen awareness, an awareness that sees beyond nationality, race, religion, gender, or any other identity boundary.

Please continue supporting our efforts to grow in Liberia!!! Thank you!

Dec 31, 2012

Field assessment to expand the project

In the Special Project School (SPS)
In the Special Project School (SPS)

A delegation from Korea traveled to Liberia to carry out an assessment for the expansion of Brain Educaiton in Monrovia. They visited the two schools where we worked and also two of the Liberian Rural Teachers Training Institutes (RTTIs), where all the Liberian teachers receive their training and certification.

By the end of the assesment, the Minister of Education provided a letter soliciting the implementation of Brain Education in 10 more schools in the capital and in the RTTIs. "After a long history of violence and war, our young generations are in need of overcoming an inherited trauma from the past and expand their creativity for a better future. I believe Brain Education can offer new tools having great potential to advance this process", concludes the Minister in her letter.

Some students from the first two schools where we started call the office and write us emails, they keep practicing Brain Education on their own and they are sharing what they learned with their community. They keep asking when are we coming back...

We are now in the process of fundraising for this new phase of the program. You are the most valuable support for this process!!!! Please keep activating your networks and encouraging more donations. Let's make it happen together!

Thank you always from IBREA and from all the teachers and students you're helping.

One of the RTTIs
One of the RTTIs
Liberian Teacher Training Program (LTTP)
Liberian Teacher Training Program (LTTP)
Sep 17, 2012

Research results

Changes in treatment group students
Changes in treatment group students

 

Independent researcher PhD Karmen Rouland has released the research results of IBREA's Brain Education pilot project in Liberia. 

 

The report shows significant positive improvements in self-esteem, gender relations, intrinsic value, peer relations and self-regulation, while trauma symptoms and trauma experiences and negative gender experiences have been reduced.

 

IBREA is assessing the possibilities for a second phase of Brain Education in the country, engaging all the teachers being trained in Liberia's Rural Teacher's Training Institutes (RTTIs) across the country and an additional 10 schools in Monrovia.

 

Please share this work with your community and help us bring the hope of Brain Education to many more educators and children in Liberia. Thank you always for your collaboration!!! Together we can make it happen!!!!

Changes in treatment group teachers
Changes in treatment group teachers

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Jun 27, 2012

Celebrating 3 months of hard work & great results

Teachers dancing in celebration
Teachers dancing in celebration

Thank you always for your invaluable help to make this project successful!

So much has happened in the last three months. The children and teachers we've been working with have changed, and we have changed with them. Through the principles and practice of Brain Education, they feel more comfortable in their bodies and more able to manage their stress. They released a lot of negative information and bad memories from the past. They rediscovered their life goals and made plans to achieve them.

The most important thing of all is that they did all of that with their own will and motivation, so in the end they felt so proud and a deep ownership of their changes. That's what Brain Education does. When they opened their bodies and focused inside, their brain remembered their innate desire to grow and be beneficial to all life, or in other words, to seek health, happiness and peace for themselves and others. As soon as they realize that, they naturally start to use their body and brain creatively in order to actualize it in their lives. This is what many of them shared in their notebooks during the final stages of breathing and meditation in the last month. Some of the children said they had never thought of their dreams in their lives, finally they could see what they wanted and gain the confidence to believe that if they keep working and use their brain well, it will happen. Becoming pilots, civil engineers, and ministers and presidents were some of their visions. Three of them said they wanted to be Brain Education trainers, and help many other people in the world and their African neighboring countries!

All the teachers and students received an official certification from IBREA. They were so happy and celebrated with dancing and singing. The teachers were given their certificate by the Deputy Minister of Instruction at the Ministry of Education. 

In the last month, we also had the chance to provide a Brain Education workshop to all the faculty members of the Teacher's College at the University of Liberia, the most prestigious university in the country.

IBREA has discussed with the Ministry of Education the expansion of Brain Education to 10 more schools and the country's 3 Teacher's Training institutes in Kakata, Zozor and Webbo during the course of a one-year program. Do you want to be a part of this? Please help bring the joy and hope of Brain Education to many other children in the country. Make your donation today! And tell many other people to do so!!! We will make you happy and proud of your choice!  

Deputy Minister of Education giving certificates
Deputy Minister of Education giving certificates
Final exam with students
Final exam with students
BE workshop at the University of Liberia
BE workshop at the University of Liberia
Teachers starting to teach BE
Teachers starting to teach BE
Meditating on life goals and dreams
Meditating on life goals and dreams
Practicing imagination and creation
Practicing imagination and creation
Visualizing life goals & their plan to achieve it
Visualizing life goals & their plan to achieve it
Receiving certificates from the principal
Receiving certificates from the principal
The little ones with their certificates, so proud!
The little ones with their certificates, so proud!
Singing and celebrating together
Singing and celebrating together
Mar 26, 2012

Starting Brain Education in Monrovia

Brain coordination
Brain coordination

On March 9, IBREA stared Brain Education (BE) in two schools in Liberia. 

We are working with 51 children and 17 teachers in Paynesville Community School and 40 students and 40 students and 15 teachers in Special Project School.

After 14 years of civil war, the country continues to recover its basic infrastructure and services, including water, electricity and a good education system. Some of the children we work with are in their 20s but catching up with their primary education since they could not go to school during the war.

It is an important timing now for Liberia's young generations to recover their confidence and spirit to create the future they want to see for themselves and their country. We are carrying out this pilot BE project in order to help that process. Our vision is to expand to the rest of the educational system after the success of this pilot phase. The children and teachers already start to feel the benefits of Brain Education. They say they feel more energized and can focus better in school. 

Thank you for your all your contributions to make this happen.

Please keep supporting the children of Liberia!

Othello touching his frontal lobe
Othello touching his frontal lobe
Learning the brain
Learning the brain's parts
"Power brain" clapping, good for focusing
"Power brain" clapping, good for focusing
Chest tapping to open the heart
Chest tapping to open the heart
Sharing in their notebooks after class
Sharing in their notebooks after class

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