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2014-08-28    来源:普特英语听力    【      美国外教 在线口语培训
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From VOA Learning English, this is the Education Report.
 
Adam Braun established the organization Pencils of Promise in 2008. Its goal is to make sure all children have a chance for education. Six years later, the non-profit group is building a new school somewhere every 90 hours. It has helped more than 22,000 children in Africa, Asia and Latin America. 
 
It all started when Adam Braun was a college student. He was visiting India when a boy stopped him on the street, the boy asked for money. Mr. Braun asked the boy what he would want, if he could have anything in the world.
 
"I thought the answer was going to be 'a house' or 'a car' or 'a boat'. His answer was 'a pencil'. So I gave him my pencil and he just lit up with joy. I realized he never had been to school before, and that was the reality for 57 million children around the world," Braun said.
 
Adam Braun started working in finance after he graduated from college. But he never forgot the boy and the problem he represented.
 
"We live in a world in which every single child can have access to quality education, because we have everything necessary already. We have the capability of educating every child. So I became immensely committed to helping create that world," Braun said
 
Mr. Braun raised money for his project by using social media. He paid for building the first Pencils of Promise school, in Laos, five years ago. Since then, his group has helped pay for more than 200 schools in rural areas of Laos, Nicaragua, Guatemala and Ghana.
 
He says, his organization works closely with the local education agencies. He says the officials organize the main program of studies. But he says his group provides additional learning materials about health and water and waste systems. Pencils of Promise also works closely with communities.
 
Leslie Engle Young is another Pencils of Promise employee. She says local people are willing to combine efforts and resources for children's education.
 
"We started saying 'OK, how can we get your 20 percent? What part of the labor can you do? What materials do you have that you can contribute to the project?' And through this really organic conversation, we start building a true partnership with these people," Young said.
 
Such support helped Adam Braun decide to expand his organization's work beyond the elementary school level. Pencils of Promise developed financial plans to help students continue on to secondary school and teacher training.
 
"We are really rigorous about making sure that the programs are not just beautiful photos and videos of kids, but that we're actually seeing incredible results in the classroom. And if we're not seeing results, then we need to change our programs. That's why our kids in Pencils of Promise schools progress from one grade to the next at two times the national average," Braun said.
 
And that's the VOA Learning English Education Report. For more education stories, go to our website putclub.com. I'm Christopher Cruise.

文本来源于普特论坛[report整理] SENEWS-2014-06-19


这里是美国之音慢速英语教育报道。

Adam Braun 于2008年创立了“希望铅笔”组织,旨在确保所有孩子上学的机会,6年后,这家非盈利组织每90小时将创办一所新学校,这已经帮助了非洲、亚洲和拉美的22000多个小孩。

这一切要追溯到Adam Braun还是大学生的时候,当他在印度旅游的时候,他在街上被一个讨钱的男孩拦下了,Braun先生问男孩如果可以拥有世界上的任何东西,他想要什么。

Braun 说:“我以为他的答案要么是“一座房子”要么是“一辆汽车”或“一艘船”,他的回答是“一支铅笔”,所以我给了他铅笔,小男孩雀跃起来。我意识到他之前从未上过学,而这就是全球0.57亿儿童面临的现实。”

Adam Braun从大学毕业后从事金融界工作,但是他从未忘记这个男孩和男孩代表的问题。

Braun 说:“我们生活的世界每个小孩都有权利获得优质教育,因为我们已经具备所有必要条件。我们有能力让所有孩子都接受教育,所以我积极投身到创造这样一个世界。”

Braun先生通过媒体为该项目集资,五年前他在老挝创建了第一所“希望铅笔”的学校,此后,他的团队已经在老挝、尼加拉瓜、危地马拉和加纳的农村地区资助了超过200所学校。

他表示自己的组织和当地教育机构密切合作,当地官员组织学习中的主要课程,但是他的组织提供学习以外关于健康、水和废物处理的系统。“希望铅笔”也和社区紧密合作。

Leslie Engle Youn是另一名“希望铅笔”的员工,她表示当地居民愿意为小孩接受教育出力出资。

Young 说:“我们一开始表态“可以,我们如何能获得你的20%?你们能做些什么?你可以向该项目提供哪些资源?”真正完成这些系统谈话后,我们开始和这些人建立合作关系。”

这样的支持促使Adam Braun决定将组织的教育延伸到小学层次以外,“希望铅笔”开展了财务方案帮助学生继续就读高中和教师培训。

“我们严格地确保项目不仅仅是孩子们漂亮的照片和视频,我们真正发现课堂上意想不到的结果。如果我们没有发现这样的效果,我们就有必要改变项目,这就是为什么我们“希望铅笔”学校一年级学生升到二年级的比例是全国平均水平的两倍。”

这就是美国之音慢速英语教育报道,登陆网站获得更多教育报道,我是Christopher Cruise。



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