Our Community School Program shows what can happen when an entire community organizes around the power of education. We begin our 5-year partnership by negotiating with local municipalities to provide 50% of the new infrastructure costs. We provide the remaining 50% through corporate sponsors, individual donors or World Changers participating in our Global Citizenship Program. Once the Ministry of Education approves of a new community school and guarantees enough teachers, we meet with the community leaders and parents. We ask them if they are willing to provide the land and labor, attend bi-monthly parent training programs and contribute scarce funds for books. Once leaders and parents agree, our partnership begins.
A three-classroom school is our first step. It is often replacing makeshift structures or adobe structures in danger of collapse. The school symbolizes much more than just the physical building. It is a symbol of the partnership between School the World, the community and the local government. It is a symbol of progress, providing a reason for hope. Each classroom is equipped with a white board, a desk for the teacher, shelves to hold a full library of books, desks that are correctly sized for the children and bright hand painted murals that will inspire children to dream beyond the classroom.
The majority of the parents we work with are illiterate, but they want their children to have the education and opportunity they never had. Through bi-monthly parent trainings, we empower parents to become their child's first educator. They learn how to support their child's learning both in an out of the classroom. They learn about their rights, the rights of their child and responsibilities of the teacher.
The Problem: Teachers in rural areas struck by extreme poverty begin their teaching careers with minimal training. They are often in very difficult teaching environments with few supplies and limited support from the government. Even just getting to and from school can be a daily challenge.
Our Training: With monthly group trainings and individual classroom-based coaching from our local Teacher Trainers, we give teachers two years of intensive training. Our curriculum for grades 1-3 focuses on early grade reading and math skills. Our curriculum for grades 4-6 focuses on classroom management techniques that enhance learning. Both curriculas include components for social and emotional learning and basic life skills. We also build a culture of professional pride, peer influence and motivation by recognizing teachers who master best practices with special awards!
POWER OF PLAY
Most of the children enrolled in our schools go to work before and/or after school to help support their families. We believe providing children with a safe place to discover, imagine and explore is a vital aspect of development. We build playgrounds, but that is not all. We also integrate organized games and outdoor learning activities that develop social and emotional learning, cognitive skills, increase self confidence and gender equality. Children can learn so much with the Power of Play!
Books & Supplies
Children can’t learn to read without books! Through a partnership with the parents in each community and generous donors like you, we stock and restock classroom libraries with beautiful books that inspire children to dream beyond the classroom. The kids get so excited to receive new books they even wait outside of their classroom, running up to the delivery truck when they see it approaching their school.