Sep 12, 2017

Promoting Early Literacy Does Wonders

Primary education is a fundamental human right, contributing to the mitigation of child labor, as well as allowing individuals to play an active role in society. The goal of Fabretto’s Primary Education Program is to help primary students from underserved communities develop their full potential through personalized, age-appropriate teaching methodologies. It aims to contribute to the reduction of educational gaps by promoting the development of life skills such as literacy, logical-mathematical reasoning, as well as critical and creative thinking. Through play-based methodologies, Fabretto teachers stimulate the learning process for successfully achieving the next stage of education.

Some of the program activities include:

  • After-school enrichment activities that focus on reading, math, writing, and socio-emotional development.
  • Teacher training on play-based, innovative methodologies such as Open Learning.
  • Parent training on strategies to support children’s education, nutrition, and food security.
  • Support with school supplies for public primary schools.
  • Child nutrition support through school meals, food supplements, vitamins, and more.  
  • Literacy promotion through reading clubs, fairs, mobile libraries, among others.
  • Ongoing evaluation of student reading, writing, and mathematical skills.

According to Reyna, the mother of one of the students beneficiaries of Fabretto’s Primary Education Program in Esteli, receiving the best education in class is not enough; a complementary factor is parent involvement. Something she has been able to do very well with her youngest daughter, Nairobi.

Nairobi and Reyna at the Esteli Education Center library.

When Nairobi entered first grade she could not only read fluently, but also did better than most children her age. The national reading competition promoted by the Ministry of Education was approaching, and Nairobi was selected to represent her school. “They asked me to read a story in front of a lot of people,” she recalls. The judges valued intonation and fluency, and after careful consideration, the results were announced: Nairobi was the best reader in her age category across the entire city of Estelí. 

“When I heard that my daughter had won first place in reading at the municipal level, I felt very proud and even began to cry,” confesses the committed mother, who taught Nairobi how to read at only 4 years of age. Reyna remembers when her husband gave Nairobi her first book: Uncle Tom’s Cabin, a book many would consider too complex for her age. “My husband and I did not do all that for our daughter to win a contest… we did it to stay close to her,” says Reyna.

Reyna took advantage of her daughter’s desire to learn, dedicating at least one hour a day to teach Nairobi how to read. Reyna’s effort not only awakened Nairobi’s interest in reading, but also developed a strong mother-daughter bond.

Nairobi currently attends first grade of primary school and is a prominent student. She visits the Fabretto Education Center’s library often and chooses a new book to read every day. Reading has sparked Nairobi’s interest in wanting to learn new things and continues to be an activity that she enjoys sharing with her mother and family.

At Fabretto, we recognize the important role mothers play in the education and development of their children. Therefore, we implement workshops and promote parental involvement in school activities. In 2016, over 1990 parents –76% mothers– received training in educational techniques to help improve literacy skills. Our goal is to empower mothers and fathers from the most vulnerable areas of Nicaragua, providing them with the necessary tools to allow them to become the best version of themselves and improve their children’s futures.

Thanks to your support, we have been able to continue empowering children like Nairobi and their families through education. Gracias!

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Jul 17, 2017

Creating Literate Communities - 2016 Annual Report

Amigos,

At Fabretto, we believe literacy is the foundation of all future learning and development. Looking back, 2016 was a year of educational accomplishments that will allow our children, their families and entire communities to reach a better future.

Thanks to you, over 20,000 children and youth from 0-19 years of age living in poverty, benefitted from quality education and nutritious meals. By working hand-in-hand with parents and teachers, we were able to reduce the percentage of 1st to 3rd grade at-risk readers, from 54% to 19%. Students like 11-year old Brenda from the rural community of La Jabonera had her first story included in a children’s storybook published in Nicaragua and Spain. Your impact has made it possible for education to transcend the classroom, changing the lives of mothers like Katis, who – once an illiterate adult – was able to achieve personal development thanks to the power of reading.

Without a doubt, 2016 was a milestone year filled with immeasurable successes for entire communities that would not have been possible without you. This report not only celebrates those achievements, but recognizes your generous support and commitment to underserved children and youth.

Thank you for helping us to improve literacy in some of Nicaragua’s most underserved communities.

GRACIAS,

Kevin Marinacci

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Jun 26, 2017

Fabretto's Newest Education Center in Granada

Carita Felíz Educational Center in Granada joins Fabretto Children’s Foundation to continue offering education to children and youth with limited resources.

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Fabretto will continue the work that Carita Feliz has been doing in the area during the past 15 years (2001-2016), benefiting children and youth throughtout the years under the generous leadership of Danish philanthropist Peder Kolind, who passed away suddenly in June 2015. The center will retain its original name, Carita Feliz, but Fabretto will assume operations and the implementation of quality internationally-recognized educational programs in Granada.

“The idea behind this union is to be able to continue the dream that ‘Don’ Peder started,” said Meylin Busto, Director of the Carita Felíz Center.

Under Fabretto’s leadership, this year the center is expected to benefit around 600 children and youth, from 3 to 25 years of age, through the educational reinforcement program, allowing students to reinforce the knowledge acquired in their public schools and to receive technical courses endorsed by INATEC (National Technological Institute of Nicaragua). In addition, school lunches and parent training will be offered in order to promote participation in school activities alongside their children.

Odra is a single mother of 7 children. For her, the support her children have received at the center has changed her life. She is very grateful to the Kolind family and is happy that she can continue to count on that support through Fabretto. “Thanks to the education that the children receive here, we are moving forward; not only the children, but the whole community.” The Center has not only helped Odra with her children's education, but as a mother, she has also benefited from workshops, technical courses, and more.

Odra, with three of her children during the inauguration of the new Fabretto Education Center

Fabretto’s Educational Enrichment Program has contributed towards our students’ academic achievement in rural communities in Nicaragua. In 2015, the school retention rate of Fabretto’s beneficiary students was 92%. Fabretto hopes that the Carita Felíz Center in Granada will bring positive results for the community. Fabretto’s educational programs focus on community-level transformation, ensuring that parents, teachers, and decision-makers are also trained to contribute to the development of at-risk children and youth.

“We have already started receiving training in innovative educational methodologies, such as Montessori, to improve our technique and benefit the community,” said Sara Tercero, Preschool Coordinator at the Carita Felíz Center.

Each year, Fabretto benefits thousands of students nationwide, running education programs in 9 Education Centers and more than 250 MINED public schools.

“We want to complement the valuable work of MINED (Ministry of Education), joining forces with great friends and collaborators. Following the legacy of service of our founder, Padre Rafael María Fabretto, and of Mr. Peder Kolind, we hope to contribute our grain of sand, bringing hope to thousands of children and youth of Nicaragua,” said Kevin Marinacci, CEO of Fabretto Children’s Foundation.

 Andreas Kolind (left) and Kevin Marinacci during the inaugural ceremony.

 

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