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Encouraging open and honest talk about periods
We’ve got some really exciting news to share with you! betty for schools, our period education programme that provides free PSHE Association accredited resources that teachers can use to educate their pupils aged 8-12 about periods, has been announced by global education nonprofit HundrED, as one of 100 most inspiring K12 innovations across the world. betty for schools was one of the innovations selected from 36 countries to be recognized.
This is huge!
HundrED aims to share best practice ideas and K12 innovations across borders to help improve the future of education globally. To achieve this, a team of researchers investigated innovations from around the world to determine 100 projects that are already changing the face of education. Over 1,000 innovations were identified through research, events and recommendations and then 160 were evaluated by HundrED’s academy made up of educational experts, educators and students (ages 11-19 years old) from 28 countries on their innovativeness, impact and scalability.
betty for schools was chosen due to its unique pioneering status and ability to create a scalable impact, reaching over half a million pupils and 3,700 schools in the UK in its first year. Breaking the period taboo all begins with education by encouraging open, honest and real conversations. betty for schools is helping to create a generation of girls and boys who are truly at ease talking about periods, through both their innovative period products and award-winning education programme.
Becky Hipkiss, Education Manager at betty for schools comments: “We’re so pleased to have been selected as one of HundrED’s 100 global innovations. The betty for schools team are all very excited to see where this takes us, and are looking forward to pushing period education to the forefront of the curriculum in 2019, working with teachers and schools to give this important issue a larger platform, in addition to helping to tackle period poverty. Being offered the opportunity to extend this beyond the UK using HundrED’s platform, a network of global educators and innovators, is amazing and we are excited to see just how much further our work can be scaled.”
The selected 100 K12 innovations cover various fields of education from learning environments and holistic wellbeing to collaborative learning and game-based education, as well as a range of themes including small teacher-led practices, ambitious not-for-profit initiatives, viral edtech products and unique whole school models.
Saku Tuominen, CEO of HundrED, said: “Spreading innovations such as betty for schools across borders can be a gamechanger for education, worldwide. We will continue to encourage as many stakeholders as possible including schools, educators, administrators, students and organizations to get involved so that we can work towards a positive future.”
To share the K12 innovations, HundrED has created an online platform so that educators around the world can trial and review betty for schools, and all the other innovations using the resources, for free. To explore the other global innovations, please visit: www.hundred.org
Go team betty!