Rabobank Foundation to help School’s Cool boost number of branches from 15 to 25 over three years
School’s Cool is a mentoring programme which provides individual coaching at home to pupils in the first year of secondary school.
School’s Cool is a mentoring programme which provides individual coaching at home to pupils in the first year of secondary school. In addition to helping the first-formers with their homework, the mentor helps them to find fruitful ways of spending their free time so that they can also develop their talents in other ways. School’s cool is common ground for pupils, parents and mentors and as such helps to strengthen the social network around the children.
Teaming up with Rabobank Foundation means that children in more municipalities will be given the chance of a flying start in secondary school, while mentors can be even better supervised in their efforts to help them. The mentors, who are all volunteers, are the backbone of School’s cool’s operation. The moving story of a mentor and her charge is told overleaf.
Crucial transition phase
The transition from primary school to secondary education is a tricky phase for many pupils because of the many changes involved. Adequate guidance for vulnerable children reduces the risk of them dropping out, while a friendly mentor also helps them to build up a good social network. Rabobank Foundation considers these to be key elements in putting people on the road to future self-reliance. The Foundation’s donation makes it possible for these pupils -- who want to learn but whose parents cannot afford to pay – to develop their talents and abilities with the aid of a mentor from School’s cool.
School’s cool Nederland
School’s cool Netherlands seeks to ensure that more pupils are able to benefit from School’s cool and ensures the implementation of the School’s cool programme meets required standards. As a national support body it promotes the exchange of expertise and cooperation between the various branches and commissions scientific and other studies into the programme’s effectiveness. Thanks to the support of Rabobank Foundation, the support agency can undergo the necessary professionalization to enable a roll-out of the programme to more municipalities across the Netherlands.