Give the gift of a great education
Educational opportunities are limited in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, while in Canada we have an embarrassment of riches—some of the best secondary and post-secondary schools are here, all teaching to world-class, globally recognized curricula. The Anderson Family Foundation has sponsored three students who are currently studying in Canada: one is completing her high school education, one is learning to fly commercial planes, and another is enrolled in a culinary arts program, on her way to becoming a chef. We’d like to bring more. There is some preference given to young people looking to gain skills and experience in industries that are key in the islands: tourism, transportation, hospitality, and the trades. That said, education should be about dreaming, too, so we’re keen to further a young person’s growth in that regard as well. We believe that all education can have a positive effect, not only for those actively engaged within it at any specific moment. For more information, contact us for details and opportunities. Tax receipts are provided for all donations made in Canada or the United States.
“ … it is an honour to be a part of your plan/dream/vision. While it may be next to impossible to measure the true impact that an independent school education will have on these young people, I am confident that the world will be better because of it.”
—Theresa Butler-Porter, Lakefield College School Foundation
The KIBO Project
Basic literacy and numeracy are important, though to thrive in secondary and post-secondary academic environments, students need more than that. They need to have experience with collaboration, and to be able to engage with others across the various curricular areas. That’s why STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) or its latest iteration, STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) instruction is so important. Schools in North America have the resources to offer that kind of instruction, including labs, digital resources, and creative design facilities. (A great example is the one recently launched at Bishop Strachan School in Toronto.) Schools in SVG don’t. While we can’t conceivably bring full-blown design facilities to the islands, there are resources that we can deliver that will help kids gain the same kinds of experiences and build the same kinds of skills. One that we like very much is KIBO Robotics. It was first developed in 2007 at Tufts University, in partnership with the National Science Foundation. The goal was to build a developmentally appropriate, portable robotics lab for young children in Pre-K through Grade 2. It’s been piloted in Canada to great effect at Ridley College, where we visited to see it in action. Bringing KIBO to Bequia is an opportunity to raise the level of instruction, and to get kids working together, at an early age, excited at the prospect, and gaining a foundation in those core STEM skills: collaboration, creative thinking, logical thinking, and coding. A basic classroom set includes 5 KIBO kits and related instructional material, including workbooks, assessment rubrics, and classroom displays, at a cost of $2500. So, there’s a lot of bang for the buck. Contact us to learn more about how you can help us build this and other STEM programs in the islands.
The Bequia Chromebook program
Chromebooks are a relatively efficient and cost-effective way to deliver learning resources to island schools. Dell has extended a discount, realizing a cost of $280CDN per device. A gift to fund one or more Chromebooks will have an enormous impact on the school’s ability to teach the basics, effectively creating a levelled, curriculum driven library where there wasn’t one before. They also allow students access to a full suite of online tools, with age-appropriate online safeguards. For them, that’s huge.
To provide Chromebooks to schools in the Caribbean, contact us for details. Tax receipts are provided for all donations made in Canada or the United States.