Happy Brain Education

Project Representative
Naba Masad Alfayadh- CEO
Creation Date: 2016
Headquarters: Melbourne, Australia
Nature and number of beneficiaries: 1000
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Happy Brain Education

About the Project

We started in 2016 as a group of very passionate university students raising money for a 6 year old boy’s heart surgery at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne.  We started tutoring classes, where every student who attended would pay $10, and that money would go towards fundraising. Once we’d raised the $147,000 required for the surgery, we saw that we loved what we’d created and the community that we’d created. So, we decided to continue with our project and, thus, Happy Brain Education was born!

Context and Issue

The current education system is no longer suitable for our world. Firstly, it is based on treating children like products on a production line, with no individualisation and no personalisation. Secondly, as parents start being involved in the workforce more and more, and as there are many communities with generational trauma who are unable to parent their children or unable to pass on love and mentoring, the pressure on schools to fill that gap is increasingly increasing. This is very pronounced in disadvantaged communities and in households where parents are forced to work many jobs to keep the family financially stable. It causes neglect and neglect of the child’s academic progress and further entrenches poverty and disadvantage.
The problems above are multifactorial, and we cannot address all of them in our generation. However, HBE was established to create a more equitable, personalised, holistic education system to enable the system to solve at least some of these problems.
So far, the demand for our services has been the biggest factor proving our success. In our two years of operation, we have managed to reach over 1000 students from disadvantaged backgrounds. We have 45 employees and 150 volunteers.

Solution and Impact

*PHASE 0: Starting Point*
We have 6 Happy Brain programs. 1 of the programs, the Empower Program, is dedicated to creating tutoring and mentoring branches around Australian suburbs, which try to fill the gaps in the traditional education system.
The other 5 Programs (Access, Impact, Study Guides, Mentoring and Learning Mentors) try to implement strategies within schools which help them slowly transition to a best-practice, personalised education system. We work with some of Australia’s leading educators to create a best practice framework.
*PHASE 1*
Create HBE branches in every suburb to complement the education system.
*PHASE 2*
Slowly implement HBE programs in schools, so that HBE does not need to exist as a separate entity. Implement mentoring programs, holistic assessment methodology, tailored career advice, growth mindset thinking and social projects.
*PHASE 3*
After starting to implement phase 2 in Australia, investigate implementing this education system in other countries.

Future Developments

We are one of the first businesses which are run by people from refugee backgrounds and disadvantaged backgrounds. We strongly believe in empowering people from disadvantaged backgrounds, as they have the greatest insight into the issues that they want to solve. We believe that being from similar backgrounds to our students has been one of the key reasons why we have succeeded thus far.

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