Who We Are
Hoopla Education was established in 2014 in Singapore by Angelica Manca and Paul Wagner. We are a husband and wife team passionate about our planet, creativity, building connections and Early Childhood Education. We believe that it’s our responsibility to give our children a sustainable and thriving Planet. Nothing is more important than providing a Sustainable Education and this needs to be introduced right at the beginning, in Early Childhood Education.
In 2014, we left Paris, having outgrown our home, to start a globetrotting adventure with our 1 year old son. We headed East to Asia and after much research opened our company in the vibrant city of Singapore, the education hub for South East Asia.
Our goal was then, and continues to be, to establish a different type of education, based on providing an encompassing, holistic and cohesive approach to learning, through the multi-disciplinary exploration of a concept that is relevant and accessible to all children, regardless of age, socio-economic background and geographic location.
The snail in our logo represents the underlying philosophy that permeates all that we do: a reminder to slow things down and remember to enjoy the journey rather than being fixated on the destination. In educational terms, it represents the process-driven pedagogy we follow. It also serves as an indication that all our programs have an element of Nature in them. The stylized snail’s shell represents spiral learning, a teaching method applied in all our programs. We believe that children will own their learning if given the space and time to expand their knowledge or skill level on a particular topic.
The snail also carries its home with it, and as a globetrotting family, we started off by carrying all our belongings with us, hence the choice of the snail was even more appropriate for us. In educational terms, we believe that every child has the skills he/she need within, it’s our job as educators to nurture the confidence in them to find them.
Finally, the puzzle surrounding the snail represents play-based learning and the interconnectivity of all disciplines within a given subject or concept.
The Garden Project and Beyond
In 2014 and 2015 the company was mainly focused on providing skilled-based workshops for teachers and education professionals by combining specialists’ skillset with early childhood practitioners.
In late 2015, after 18 months of research and development, we launched The Garden Project: the first PBL curriculum in the Early Years to use nature as an instructional medium, with a multi-disciplinary exploration of nature supported by the STEAM framework.
The Garden Project was the fruit of the collaboration with a team of professionals with decades of experience in early childhood development, environmental science, science & biology, contemporary art and music education, located on different parts of the globe – France, Cyprus, Australia, Hong Kong and Italy – providing a truly global perspective on education.
Today The Garden Project is more relevant than ever in laying the foundation for a more sustainable future. Implemented in 17 countries thus far, educators and families are waking up to the importance of connecting children with nature and empowering them with sustainable environments. Thanks to our partnership with Macmillan, we have also been able to adapt the curriculum for Brazil and Spain, for a truly authentic learning experiences that speak to children’s local seasonality and natural environment. If you’re interested in more information on how to become a licensing partner to spread The Garden Project in your countries or regions, click here.
Our nature programs have grown to include My Veggie Diary, a storytelling program with the goal to develop early narrative skills in children ages 5yrs+ and Sticks & Stones, a contemporary art curriculum inspired by the land art movement that develops visual literacy and specialized art techniques with natural materials for children ages 3yrs+. Together we are learning that there is more learning from a stone or an asparagus than could ever have been imagined.