Preparing children for lifelong learning, success and being global citizens has become the foundation of Canadian educational methodology, which makes Canada one of the world`s leader in education. This concept is becoming available for the first time in our region through Maple Bear Canadian schools and its new educational franchise model. They are designed to educate the whole child – physically, intellectually, emotionally, and socially, in which three ingredients are fundamental: creativity, collaboration and critical thinking.
„Over 85% of the 2030 jobs are not yet invented according to the Institute for the Future (IFTF). How can education prepare children for jobs that do not exist? What schools should be provided to children to ensure their successful future? Since no one knows what the future holds, the answer is simply encoded in the “learn to learn methodology”. If children are given the skills and love to learn and acquire knowledge they will be prepared to face whatever the challenge and confidently navigate their way in a world of rapid and broad transformations”, said Yann Bidan, General Manager of Maple Bear Central and Eastern Europe.
“We are entering Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) region and looking for local partners to set up schools in Romania. Our schools have unique positioning on the market. Maple Bear conforms to local education regulations, offering fully articulated local curricula in addition to the Canadian program and methodology. This opens up many more educational options for Maple Bear students locally and internationally”, added Yann Bidan.
In Romania, the plan is to develop more than 10 early childhood and elementary schools with the possibility to grow to high school.
Canada educational system is constantly ranking among the top six countries in the world according to OECD PISA international students assessment. It answers the crucial questions: What is important for citizens to know and be able to do? How do they apply what they have learn to real life problem & lifelong learnings?
Canada (N6) is outranking all the English speaking countries in the world (UK N23, USA N31 etc.) and is ahead the results of the economic and educational leaders in Europe (France N25, Germany N13). Romania`s last results in PISA assessment was ranking it N48.
Maple Bear Canadian school brings the best practices from Canadian bilingual methodology. Maple Bear is one of the fastest growing private education brands in the world. Started only 12 years ago, it is present today in 16 countries around the globe with 300+ early childhood, elementary and high schools and more than 35,000 students. Its successful business model for schools around the globe brought them recently to Central & Eastern Europe with an ambitious development plan for the next ten years – to develop a large network of school with more than 15.000 students.
Yann Bidan, the General Manager of Maple Bear Central and Eastern Europe, is a French Romanian businessman who has over 12 years of experience in entrepreneurship in Eastern Europe. He has built and led multi-site organization of over 1200 team members in Romania. His focus currently is in Impact Entrepreneurship.
Yann holds a bachelor degree in International Business and a master’s degree in Financial Engineering. He has had significant multicultural exposure. He has studied in Sweden, UK and France and has worked in New York, London, Barcelona. He spent the last 5 years as a top executive for a large Canadian company subdivision in Eastern Europe.