The EMANA summer school project follows the steps of the Action Plan. The plan outlines the steps to be taken in order to create and manage the summer school project. The plan can be downloaded from the ‘Documents’ tab page. There are three main themes in the action plain: (1) community engagement, (2) program development and (3) side issues. The on-location engagement part of the plan will be led by Daniel Teodoro and Luis Recios, and supported by volunteers from El Salvador and abroad.

1. Community engagement

Community engagement encompasses the collaboration with local community actors to develop all structural aspects of the summer school program. The first goal is to engage with the community to organize a ‘organizing committee’. This committee will bring together community members, school teachers and EMANA representatives. The committee’s mandate is to develop all aspects of the summer school program including course development, logistics, and budget proposal. Meet our committee members here: CLICK.

2. Program development

The TSS program is composed of three areas:

  1. Management Structure
  2. Student Development
  3. School Resource
2.1 Management Structure
2.2 Student Development Metrics
2.3 School Resources

The planning of School Resources is done by first defining the educational needs of the community. The needs are later translated into Learning Areas, which will require teachers and assistants to develop course curriculum harmonizing community needs with the teacher skills.

Learning Areas where defined and chosen by community members through surveys and interviews; this step was very participatory and inclusive. The Learning Areas selected are:

  • Computing Technology
  • Water (health & filtration)
  • English language
  • Reading & Writing
  • Tourism Entrepreneurship
  • Construction (wood & iron)

EMANA is currently looking for volunteers from El Salvador and abroad, to participate as teachers or teacher assistants during the Summer School period (June 13 – August 8, 2016). Volunteers are not required to have previous teaching experience, but an application and short essay needs to be submitted by prospective volunteers to assess their past experiences and interests. This will allow EMANA to match the volunteers with specific community needs and understand the interests of each volunteer.

3. Side issues

Anything that is not directly related to the structure of the program or the program itself, but that is of high importance to successfully develop and run the program is categorized as a side issue. These issues encompass for example the identification of the method to select students from the island of Tasajera that will be eligible for the summer school program, the selection of suitable teaching locations and the establishment of key performance indicators that will be used to track the impact of the summer school’s program on the community and their well-being.