Bayswater Education reveals first project in Rio’s favelas

Bayswater Education is proud to announce its first project as part of its newly formed charity, Bayswater Foundation

Bayswater was established as a social enterprise in International Education with the promise that for every course they deliver to internationals Students in the UK, they offer a free course to underprivileged children overseas, on a one-for one basis. The first project has been established with Mais Caminhos in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Quality education, resources and teachers are often lacking in Brazil’s poorest communities. The ability to speak English gives increased job opportunities and higher income jobs. In a recent study by the British Council found that you can earn up to 40% more in Brazil for the same job when you speak English. Mais Caminhos is delivering an English course for teenagers aged 12-16 years old financed by a grant from Bayswater Foundation.

James Herbertson, Director of Bayswater, said

‘We are delighted to reveal our first project abroad fully funded from revenue from the courses and students in the UK. We chose Mais Caminhos for their shared values and knowledge of teaching & caring for people from a less privileged background. This is the first project of many, and we will be announcing more projects in the coming months.’

Students are taught by an experienced native-English speaking ESL teacher. The small groups will benefit not only from individual attention but also pastoral care that they could only dream of receiving at school. To keep classes motivated, the teachers at Mais Caminhos will evaluate performance and attendance throughout the programme and students will receive a diploma after completing each level.

Maria Dupuy, the General Manager of Mais Caminhos, said

‘We are happy to report that the program got off to a great start! During the first two classes, the students got to know their classmates, teacher, and teaching assistants. The response from the students and parents was overwhelmingly positive. The mother of one of our students wrote to us “my son arrived home very happy with the first day and I know that class will just get better each day. Thank you very much for everything.” Receiving this, among other positive messages, was extremely encouraging, and we are excited about this opportunity with Bayswater.’

Find out more about Bayswater Education here