Social Justice Education Program (SJEP)
SSSNY selects approximately 30 youth for its Social Justice Education Program. An intensive 6-month training program aims to produce intermediate English speaking young advocates who are able to communicate ideas and concepts which promote social justice and change.
Course content, methodology and expectations
The language used for instruction at the school is English. In addition, throughout the year there are outside resource persons, most of whom use English for their presentations, with some translations into Shan and Burmese for some resource persons as deemed necessary. The aims of the program curriculum and methodology are to introduce and raise awareness in the following areas:
1) Accounting basics
2) Basic video production
4) Community Development and Planning
5) Conflict, Resistance and Peace Building studies
7) Effective study skills
8) English Grammar (self-directed study)
9) Environment Studies
10) History of Burma and Shan State
11) Human rights and human rights advocacy
12) International news / global issues
13) Introduction to Social Studies, including geography and basic economics
14) Media studies / citizen journalism
15) Natural Resource Management
16) Personal and Public Health
17) Practical mathematics
19) Systems of government / democracy studies / active citizenship
20) Teacher Training
Students will graduate with one of four standings: course attendance, course completion, commendable completion, and exemplary completion. These may also be distinguished by outstanding personal development, academic development and/or academic achievement.
Sample daily schedule and term timetable
The SJEP program uses the block schedule (below), similar to a standard high school schedule, with the day divided into five periods of study. Students are usually grouped depending on their ability and previous experience in a subject, such as computer, for example. For some subjects, such as human rights training and workshops, usually all students will be grouped together.
The six-month program is divided into two terms of about twelve weeks each, with mid-term tests as well as end-of-program tests. Test scores and class participation assessment are collated for a mid-program student teacher conference and report card at the end of the program. This report forms the reference for the individual student teacher conferences that complete the program. There are also weekly quizzes, or short tests, in most subjects. There is homework almost every night, including weekends.