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:
- Management Structure
- Student Development
- 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.