The impact of your generosity and caring
We were thrilled to welcome so many supporters and partner organizations to our annual conference on November 11th. Thank you so much for coming out on a snowy evening to support education, and to learn more about some of the amazing education projects taking place around the world. We’d like to extend a special thank you to the students from Collège Sainte-Anne, who again showed incredible dedication to girls’ education.
We would also like to recognize your amazing generosity throughout our 10-day matching campaign in November.
Thanks to you, we raised $22,611 – more than double our target – plus the $10,000 from an anonymous supporter who started it all.
Your generosity and support for innovation in education make it possible to have a meaningful and real impact on learning for children who need help the most.
At our conference, 60 million girls’ president and founder, Wanda Bedard, described her remarkable journey through rural Guatemala and Nicaragua to see how our Mobile Learning Lab (MLL) is improving learning outcomes in rural areas and helping teachers.
We hope you were able to experience the MLL at our conference, to see first-hand how this educational tool can improve the quality of education for children without access to the Internet. Several of our partners – Change for Children, Crossroads International and the Stephen Lewis Foundation – set up kiosks to explain how they are using this innovative technology to improve learning for the populations they serve.
A Journey through indigenous villages in rural Guatemala and Nicaragua
In Guatemala and Nicaragua, Wanda, volunteer photographer, Josiane Farand, Lorraine Swift, executive director of Change for Children, along with Juan Reanda and Romeo Rodriguez of Mundo Posible, visited education projects in rural areas, meeting with indigenous students and teachers.
The 60 million girls team learned about Mundo Posible’s new, award-winning, offline course to provide teachers with up to date, interactive pedagogical techniques to engage students in their learning.
In areas where so many teachers are largely untrained, these additional tools can have a positive impact on learning for everyone!
On the next leg of journey, Vida Fereydoonzad, joined the team to travel to Nicaragua’s Bosawás Biosphere Reserve. This area is so remote that most villages have no running water, electricity, cell service nor Internet and are only accessible by a nine-hour trip in a dugout canoe. You can read all about it on our blog.
60 million girls has funded schools in both Guatemala and Nicaragua. Thanks to your generosity, and our partnership with Change for Children, 8,000 students in the small town of Comitancillo, Guatemala, now have access to better learning materials through the MLL.
In addition, adolescents in the villages of Aniwás and Pankawás in rural Nicaragua have newly constructed secondary schools so that students in these communities can continue their education beyond the primary level. After seeing the success of the MLL in Guatemala, we are exploring the possibility of bringing this learning tool to Nicaragua as well.
Please visit our website to read about how the Mobile Learning Lab is changing lives.
We are very grateful for the generosity of our many friends and supporters who made both the conference and the matching campaign so incredibly successful.