Jana Somolova, CEO of Basis Global
Education has generated a complex philosophy: Each educator has his or her own preference and approach to teaching. For Jana Somolova, CEO of Basis Global, the best education is reflected in the eyes of students, the “excitement” they have when they are in class and the “passion” an educator can detect when they participate in group study.
A good education is not just the freedom students feel when they tell their teachers what they want to learn or what activity they want to join. It is not just the excitement they feel when they hear a new phrase or solve a new math problem. It is also the freedom teachers have when they are able to adjust their curriculum to meet the needs of their students and the students respond positively, said Somolova during a recent trip to Shenzhen.
“I like to attend the classes and do so often. I observe and listen to the classes. I always can learn something new,” said Somolova. “When I joined a math class and saw how the teacher got students excited, I knew that it was the teachers who make Basis special. They make learning fun and interesting.”
“The quality of the education Basis provides and the best and amazing teachers it has hired made me want to join the team.”
The 34-year-old Slovakian attorney was an adviser for the institute before she became head of the international program. After being introduced to the classes and the education process, she decided to help the Shenzhen school meet international standards.
“Basis students take PISA [Program for International Student Assessment] tests every year, and they always perform very well,” she said. “Traditionally, Shanghai has the highest education ranking in the world, but last year, our students outperformed Shanghai students in math, science and reading.”
Somolova’s colleagues understand the needs of students and equip them with the skills they need. “We believe that any child can succeed,” she said.