In June, we carried out an intensive training with selected participants from 2013 and 2014.
76 principals, teachers, health workers came together in a beautiful forest near El Salvador's highest peak, in the area of Chalatenango in the North side of the country. Day and night, they worked so well to find their own problems and heal inside. All participants went through challenging physical and emotional processes to strengthen their health, emotional regulation and clarity of vision. They made groups and practiced creating harmony within the group to become active healing members in their communities. The last day we celebrated their effort, everybody was so joyful and hopeful.
During the next months, until November, they will all train groups of 30 people in their communities, and further to an exam in December, they will be certified as brain education instructors.
This is a very special group, who will be leading the process of creating health, happinness and peace in their communities.
We also want to share with you that we are now constructing our first brain education training center in El Salvador! It is a refurbished classroom in one of the schools where we've been working since 2012, Joaquin Rodezno. A the heart of the country's capital, this school is a very unique place, where, through brain education training, the principal (Gloria), teachers and students have led a process of transforming the whole school atmosphere and culture in 3 years. We are now fundraising to help them remake the floor, the windows, paint, change the cealing and install air conditioning, among other changes. Tehy will also need a projector and a music system for their training. Other than the school members, this center will serve as a space for training for other schools' teachers as well as for the parents of the students, who are mostly street vendors around the area.
Thank you always for your support. We will continue sharing the good news as we go.
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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!
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In September 2014, IBREA finalized the implementation of the Brain Education curriculum to the second national-level group. The group consisted of 242 participants, grouped by Departments (regions), including principals, teachers, doctors/health workers treating educational staff, and government officials from the Ministry of Education's headquarters in San Salvador.
To date, overall, since the project's start in 2011, approximately 700 people have received the training directly from IBREA, including both adults and students. About 80% of adult participants have been replicating, as agreed with the Ministry of Education, reaching a high number of indirect beneciaries.
The model is seen as a successful case in the UN and among other Central American countries, who are considering its replication in their own public school system.
The data collected is now being evaluated to measure the changes. From their testimonies, there have been many improvements in their lives, some prevented operations, one of the participants stopped her medication for cancer treatment, many participants lost 10 and up to 20 pounds, reducing related health risks like heart problems and ciruclation problems. Emotionally, they report being better able to manage their stress and their interpersonal relations. Many also share they are experiencing better concentration and focus and more clarity to make decisions.
Enjoy the images of their big effort and their smiles!
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Last Thursday, February 20th, over 180 school principals were certified to teach Brain Education in their schools. Most of them have been practicing throughout the course of the program and have embeded a fully-fledged Brain Education curriculum in their schools for 2014. More than 80 doctors, psicologists, social workers, and technical professionals in charge of managing the health and profesional outcomes of school principals and teachers, were also certified.
IBREA is in the process of preparing, together with the Salvadorian Ministry of Education and the ISBM (Instituto Salvadoreño de Bienestar Magisterial - the institution taking care of educators' holistic health) the next phase of Brain Education in the country, reaching another group of 200+ people accross all the 14 Departments.
Both institutions have made commitments to institutionalize Brain Education and make it part of their yearly programming moving forward.
We are grateful for your contribution always. We invite you to keep being a part of this dream to bring the benefits of Brain Education to educators, health professionals and government officials and the young future generations they take care of in El Salvador.
Please make your donation today and encourage others to do so too!
177 school principals, 100 health professionals, 14 regional education directors will receive the Brain Education and Earth Citizen Awareness curriculum. IBREA will work in 4 zones of the country: Santa Ana in the West, San Miguel in the Eastern part, La Paz in the Central part and San Salvador. Each of the 177 principals oversees another 10 schools in average. The program foresees their replication of the curriculum to the principals in those schools too.
The opening event of this third phase took place on July 2nd in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Over 100 people came, including principals and teachers from the previous phases of the program and new participants. Everybody showed big enthusiasm for the staring of the program! IBREA's Vice President, The Vice-Minister of Education and the Director of the ISBM (Instituto Salvadoreño de Bienestar Magisterial - Salvadorian Institute for Educators' Wellbeing) who partially funded this program, gave hopeful speeches and showed a great commitment to the success of the program.
Our objectives include: better health, stress management, self-esteem and motivation, reducing violence in schools, improving academic motivation among students and enhanced conviviality. The ISBM will carry out a research measuring the impact of the program through pre and post physical evaluations and psicosocial tests.
With this third phase, we want to creat a model in El Salvador which can be replicated in other Central American and Latin American countries.
Let's keep working together for the dream of a healthy and peaceful society in El Salvador. Please make your donations and share with your networks!
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