Two Rabbits began in the forests of Cameroon with the Baka, a group of semi-nomadic hunter-gatherers, who expressed the need to preserve their cultural traditions as their children attended schools that had traditionally marginalized their language and culture. As one father explained, Baka children must “chase two rabbits at once,” learning to engage with the outside world while at the same time preserving their ties to the forest.
Working together, Sarah, the founder of Two Rabbits, and the Baka developed a culturally adapted approach to education that would help children build literacy, numeracy, and life skills. The result was the Two Rabbits model. The new curriculum, drawing from the Cameroonian National Curriculum, incorporated songs, stories, and games performed in the Baka style and language and then recorded on durable hand-crank SABER MP3 devices. In 2015, Two Rabbits piloted its curriculum in two villages. We are so proud of our first graduates –150 alumni—and cannot wait to see what the future holds for them.
In August of 2016, Sarah met Kara, Mary, and Matt at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Believing in the potential of the Two Rabbits model for preschool children all over the world, they formed a team to empower children through culturally adapted learning using low-cost audio devices. Building on their experiences as a group, the Two Rabbits team has begun to explore how our model might be used in other hard to reach places. In January 2017 the team will perform a pre-test of its model in the IDP camps of Kachin State in Myanmar, where we hope to provide access to preschool learning for children displaced by the conflict there.