The Purpose of schooling
citizens, not just prepare for college and employment. That’s why our work with
schools focuses on teachers as key components for lasting change, to create
learning environments that promote reflection and dialogue as the foundations
for emotional and professional success.
When schools fulfill this purpose, there’s no need for “re-insertion” after
incarceration, because students are prepared to successfully transition from
their studies to citizenship
You can support a school with an annual contribution of $5,000 for a period of three years. During that time, the school receives over 500 brand new books, shelves and materials to remodel their library, chairs and cushions to make it comfortable and beautiful, and 20 – 30 Kindle e-readers with a collection of over 250 titles of ebooks. Teachers participate in 5 workshops and exchanges each year and attend our Annual Teachers Conference, the only of its kind in El Salvador.
2 Book Shelves
5 Workshops Exchanges Annual Conference
1 Book Shelf
4 Workshops Exchanges Annual Conference
45 Kindles with +250 digital titles
Wood and nails
5 Workshops Exchanges Annual Conference
We started in 2011 with 3 schools and now we are in 80
Look at the map and the location of each school here.
Annual Teacher Conference
ConTextos changed this paradigm by designing the first Annual Teachers Conference. Our network of teachers from across the country come together every year to discuss best practices and celebrate their profession.
2014 - Literacy and Leadership
“Se da acá” – Roberto Kriete, Avianca
Mango Dorado – Zoila Recinos, ConTextos
2015 - Literacy in times of violence
“Se da acá” – Teresa Mlawer, Ex-Board Member
Mango Dorado – Gladys Sigüenza, MINED
2016 - Other texts to confront violence
“Se da acá” – Fundación Strachan
Mango Dorado – Lorena Lima, teacher at Centro Escolar Martínez Figueroa.
2017 - Comming Soon
Quality and Innovative Resources
We know that resources alone don’t make a difference, but we’ve witnessed the total excitement of kids, parents and teachers the first time they open a box of new books.
We work to select the most amazing collection of children’s books for our schools. We provide a core collection of 126 titles like The Very Hungry Caterpillar, The Great Kapok Tree, The Rainbow Fish, all translated into Spanish. In the third year of programming, schools receive between 20 – 30 Kindles with a collection of 250 titles.
BIT - SOYAPANGO - MERCADO CUSCATLÁN - NUEVO CUSCATLÁN
We work with municipalities to create spaces and programs that are open to the community and numerous nearby schools. Here is where we’ve worked so far:
2011 - 2012
BIT – Biblioteca Infantil Tecleña
In collaboration with the US Embassy, ConTextos and the architecture firm Cinco Patas al Gato worked with the municipality to create the very first public library of its kind. The Municipality of Santa Tecla continues to manage the library at a new location, using what they learned from ConTextos.
2014 - 2015
ConTextos provided books for the very first children’s library in Nuevo Cuscatlán. We also gave one year trainings to the new librarians, who now run the library on their own.
2015 - Present
In collaboration with FONDESOY, ConTextos has helped develop a children’s library in one of the most dangerous municipalities in the country. We’re training their librarians and coaching them on activities for the more than 10 schools within walking distance. Soon, they will pioneer the use of 24 Kindles in their municipality.
Soon, with FONDESOY’s continued support, we will start a second library to benefit students and the community of Prados de Venecia.
2016 - Present
After seeing our work in Nuevo Cuscatlán, the Municipality of San Salvador put us in charge of children’s book selection and staff training in this innovative library. They’re the first in the country to include Kindles with ebooks in a public library!
Training literacy leaders
We work with partner organizations in Central America to train their staff and build capacity to incorporate literacy practice in their programs. Starfish One-by-One in Guatemala and Un Mundo in Honduras have both benefited from our consulting on literacy best practices.
Sharing across borders enriches our mission as we spread the culture of reading, writing and dialogue.
Contact us for more information!