Maple Bear Central & Eastern Europe

From its inception in 2004 to the present day, the trajectory of Maple Bear has been marked by innovation and an unwavering commitment to providing top-tier Canadian-based bilingual education on a global scale.

From Inspiration to Creation

Rodney Briggs, Founder of Maple Bear Global Schools, was inspired by an idea that evolved from many conversations with education leaders around the world. It was clear that there was a global need to fill the gap for high-quality preschool education based on a model that differentiated itself from all others in the market – the best of Canadian education.

It is an exceptional and innovative model that would prepare children and adolescents for life and to be successful as students, professionals, citizens, and family members in their home countries or wherever they choose to live.

Maple Bear Belgrade – Serbia
Maple Bear Belgrade – Serbia

With this purpose, Maple Bear developed an educational approach based on the best practices responsible for placing Canadian Education among the best in the world, which, alongside a world-class program in traditional subjects, such as math and science, would instill in students a real passion for learning, and prepare them for an environment where skills like autonomy, critical thinking, collaboration, understanding of different cultures, resilience, and others are crucial for success.

Impact Through Growth

From inspiration to creation, Maple Bear Global Schools has established a solid legacy of educational excellence that spans continents.

In the early years, building a global presence posed formidable challenges. Overcoming geographical and cultural barriers demanded innovative approaches and a deep understanding of diverse educational landscapes. Yet, it was precisely these challenges that laid the foundation for our growth.

From the inaugural school in Delhi in 2005 to the current addition of 31 countries to our global family (plus eight coming soon), Maple Bear’s footprint has expanded exponentially.

Rodney Briggs, Founder

This growth is not just a numerical feat; it reflects our ability to adapt, evolve, and meet the diverse needs of students worldwide. This unparalleled global footprint reflects our commitment to providing high-quality bilingual education and signifies Maple Bear’s adaptability and resonance on a truly global scale.

Impact Through Giving Back

For Maple Bear, Giving Back isn’t just a concept; it’s foundational to our commitment to instilling values of empathy and social responsibility in our students. Through these endeavours, Maple Bear fosters a sense of global citizenship, illustrating the transformative power of collective action in creating a positive impact on the world.

An example of how much this belief impacts our operations can be found in the inspiration Maple Bear took from the spirit of Terry Fox, a Canadian hero whose Marathon of Hope ignited the nation.

In 2018, we launched a global fundraising initiative in the name of the Terry Fox Foundation – an organization supporting cancer research in Canada and abroad.

Since then, the program has grown and, in many countries, has evolved into a cherished annual event, weaving a thread of community spirit within and beyond our school boundaries.

The impact has been profound, with Maple Bear Global Schools collectively raising over $400,000 (CDN) in donations for the Terry Fox Foundation and various regional cancer research organizations.

Alongside this project, Maple Bear promotes countless initiatives to foster in students the perception that they can and should be agents for transformation in their surroundings, contributing to building a better society at all levels.

Impact Through Collaboration and Professional Development

Our Canadian Faculty are critical members of the Maple Bear family. They are responsible for training our teachers and school administrators around the world, performing quality assurance checks, and writing the curriculum that forms the foundation of our education model.

Recognizing the invaluable role they play and to further support their continuous professional development, we instituted an annual Symposium in 2015.

Maple Bear Passo Fundo – Brazil

Once a year, our faculty come together to share ideas, motivate one another, and improve our processes and practices that subsequently enhance the teacher and student experience. This annual gathering served as a platform for knowledge-sharing and fueled the collaborative spirit that defines our global educational community.

As Maple Bear evolves, so will our Symposium.

In 2024, the first-ever Global Conference will be held in Niagara-on-the-Lake, and the participants will expand to include our global partners and school owners from around the world, in addition to our faculty.

It is an opportunity to reframe our annual gathering that seeks to support all the stakeholders at Maple Bear, provide everyone with the benefit of best practice sharing, and be active participants in building a future that benefits our educators and students worldwide.

Impact Through Collective Passion

Our celebration of the past would be incomplete without acknowledging the dedication of our Maple Bear community.

Teachers, trainers, administrators, school owners, parents, and students have been integral to our journey. Their collective passion has been the driving force behind every success, turning challenges into opportunities and fostering a vibrant global learning community that reinforces our dedication to shaping the minds of future generations worldwide.

Here’s to celebrating our past, embracing our achievements, and looking forward to the endless possibilities that the future holds for Maple Bear Global Schools.

Cheers to 20 years of excellence and the promise of many more!

Maple Bear iBSB – Vietnam
Maple Bear iBSB – Vietnam