1. E3 supports existing schools in developing countries with educational, financial and professional resources.
A clear need exists for a central group that can assess a school’s program and then help administrators and teachers reach an expected level of excellence. This assistance takes different forms depending on the need. It might involve helping schools learn to keep accurate and transparent financial records, promoting teacher or curriculum development, providing scholarships for deserving students, or improving a school’s infrastructure. A clear need also exists for an independent group that can provide reliable information and assessment to donors, volunteers, and other interested individuals and organizations. By providing “in-country” support and verification, E3 can meet that need. E3 Board members and staff are committed to regular visits and frequent communication with the schools it partners with.
2. E3 works with local community leaders to help start new schools.
A school educating according to clear moral and spiritual values is a great asset to a community. E3 looks for areas in developing countries where a new school could spring up and flourish. A few of the necessary ingredients: a local, supportive group of like-minded thinkers; trusted, active community leaders; a willingness to work with E3 towards financial independence.
3. E3 fosters collaboration and volunteerism among individuals and groups in support of Christian Science-based schools.
Making a difference is what it’s all about! We’d like to tap the enormous energy of those who want to contribute, especially the energy of youth and youthful thinkers. E3 can serve as a connecting point for the inspiration, talents, skills, and generosity of all those interested in helping kids around the world.
Guidelines for E3 Schools.
To receive assistance from E3, schools must meet specific requirements or be actively working to comply with those requirements. These requirements are divided into three categories, with key points briefly summarized here. A more detailed list is available from the E3 office.
- E3 schools welcome children of all faiths or no faith, and they do not proselytize. However, the basic spiritual principles and Christian values that form the basis of the school must be clear to all constituencies, with the Head of School, the majority of Board members and key faculty members being active church members.
- Administration: Schools must be non-profit, operate with financial accountability and transparency, maintain governing documents with clear responsibilities, and prepare a viable plan for the school’s long term financial stability.
- Education: Schools must have a defined, recognized curriculum that meets established local/national requirements, maintain standards of academic excellence, and provide on-going professional development for teachers. Character education must be a part of all activities of the school.