Published On: Thu, Mar 9th, 2017

Israel to bring HIPPY Innovative Home-Schooling Program to China, Korea

In China and Korea, the HIPPY model transformed to better serve upper and middle class populations. The official launch is planned for late summer.
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 An early learning program which has seen developed in Israel and received extraordinary results in helping parents take the role of their child’s first teacher, will soon be coming to China and Korea.
The Home Instruction for Parents and Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY) program – owned by the Yissum Research Development Company of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem –  is operating 440 program sites and reaching 20,000 families in 10 countries: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Canada, Germany, Israel, Liberia, New Zealand and the US.

HIPPY-inspired programs are also running in Denmark, Finland, Holland, Sweden and Turkey.

The participation of China and Korea programs are the result of an agreement signed by Yissum with Award Scheme Development and Accreditation Network (ASDAN) China and South Korea’s Lolo Education Services Co. (LES), the Israeli tech transfer firm announced on Wednesday.

HIPPY’s early-learning initiative helps parents of 3, 4 and 5-year-olds, for success in elementary school, a statement from Yissum said. Paraprofessional home visitors work directly with parents, who then conduct the educational activities they have learned with their child.

HIPPY curriculum providing materials of story-books and activity books. The activities introduce skills in a progressive manner, focusing on language development, perceptual and sensory discrimination, logical thinking and problem solving.

In China and Korea, the HIPPY model transformed in order to better serve upper and middle class populations. The professional teachers will train the parents, and the goal is to bring the children to a higher level, so that they can excel in school.

The curriculum will also be adapted to culturally fit these countries. In Korea the program will begin with a pilot for 6 months at 3 sites in Seoul. 100 parents are expected to participate in the pilot.

Following the pilot stage, the official launch of the program is planned for late summer of this year.

Dr. Miriam Westheimer, Director, HIPPY International, said, “South Korea and China are the first programs in Asia where we will be adapting the core program model for a very different and more highly educated consumer.”

“I hope HIPPY can help Korean parents to better understand the benefits and importance of their involvement in their children’s education,” said DJ Dongjun Lee, CEO of LES.

Yichan Yuan, CEO of ASDAN China, said that although there are hundreds of millions of preschool-aged students in China, a “lack of informative guidance” makes it difficult for parents to educate their children at home.







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