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.
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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.