Siprosa School Kenya
One of our latest collaborations abroad is with the Siprosa school in Kenya. Mary, the founder, grew up in a rural village in Kenya where education for girls was not considered a priority. Because of her grandmother’s mentorship and support, she not only finished school but also went on to excel academically and eventually earned her PhD in Education Planning. Her school will be named after her grandmother, Siprosa. The Colab is currently very active in supporting Siprosa in its startup and program development phases.
After school program in Nepal
In November of 2014, a team from Golestan traveled to Nepal to help a partner organization, Sunsar Maya, start an after school program for underprivileged children in the Kathmandu region. During their trip they held extensive teacher training workshops for the teachers and helped in the set up of the program. This was only the start of an ongoing collaboration with Sunsar Maya and the after school program in Nepal. Since then the Colab has been working closely with Sunsar Maya to maintain and grow the curriculum of the program and provide customized support and resources related to child development.
Communities we work with:
- Communities that have worked with the Colab to develop (or have developed) Persian immersion schools include: Toronto, Seattle, Salt Lake City, Washington DC, Connecticut, Los Angeles, Irvine, Chicago, New York City and the Bay Area communities of Walnut Creek, San Mateo, Mountain View, Menlo Park, and Marin County.
- The Colab has also worked with other non-Persian communities including American, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, German, Russian, Ethiopian, Jewish, Armenian, Chinese, Spanish, Arab, Indian, and Afghan communities have also used our school as a model for their own emerging schools.
- In the past year, the Colab has been working with communities in underdeveloped countries to build schools for orphans and underprivileged children. These communities include Nepal, Cambodia, India, Sri Lanka, Iran and most recently Kenya. To see pictures of our project in Nepal, click here.
Organizations we collaborate with:
Green Schoolyards America
Green Schoolyards America is a national organization that expands and strengthens the green schoolyard movement and empowers Americans to become stewards of their school and neighborhood environments.
The Charlie Cart Project is an integrated educational program that connects lessons in Math, English Language Arts, Science and Social Studies with Food and Cooking.
Golestan Collective bi-monthly virtual meetings:
Below is a list of schools that are currently active in the Golestan Collective bi-monthly virtual meetings:
- Seattle, WA: Persian Preschool (www.PersianPreschool.com)
- Marin County, CA: Shadi Kids (www.ShadiKids.com)
- San Mateo, CA: Boostan Kids (www.BoostanKids.com)
- Walnut Creek, CA: Borna School (www.bornach.com)
- Mountain View, CA: Baharestan Kids (www.baharestankids.com)
- Menlo Park, CA: U ME (www.u-meplace.com/koodak/)
- Irvine, CA: Bahar Kids (firstname.lastname@example.org - Website coming soon)
- New Canaan, CT: Iran Doost (email@example.com)
- Newly Launched!! Toronto, Canada: Ferdows Kids (www.ferdowskids.com/ )
- Newly Launched!! Oakland, California: Aftab Kids(www.aftabkids.com/)
- New Member!! Salt Lake City, UT: La Maison Des Enfants (www.tannerdance.utah.edu)
“What is amazing is their generosity in giving advice and sharing all their experiences with other emerging Schools, concentrating on the education of bicultural children, including their progressive curriculum. During my 2-day visit to the school, I was warmly greeted by both the director of the program and all the teachers at Golestan. Apart from observing their wonderful classes, I had a chance to have several thought provoking engaging conversations, through which I gained much insight and help in further improving my own work in teaching bicultural children.
I found this invaluable collaborative spirit, so encouraging and inspiring, and I’m sure it will eventually give rise to many more remarkable language immersion programs. Golestan is indeed an inspiration for other language immersion programs all across the country.”
Aitak Azhang, Founder Yekibood Children, NYC/CT/VA