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					Organizing iEARN in your country




     A member organization of the International Education And Resource Network Incorporated




                          A Publication of :
                           IEARN Suriname
 Daniel Couthino str. 20 (1st floor), POB 5116, Paramaribo-Suriname
       Telephone : (597) 401936 / 401937 ; Fax : (597) 552033
                   e-mail : iearn-sur@surimail.sr
        webpage : www.iearn.org/globe/iearn-suriname.html

      editor: D. Abeleven (iEARN Suriname country coordinator)

                           Paramaribo, August 2002


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Preface                                                                                       3


Chapter      1:      Overview of the structures                                               11


Chapter      2:      iEARN Suriname Association                                               16


Chapter      3:      iEARN Suriname Foundation                                                23




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The purpose of this document is to share the experiences that iEARN Suriname had in
setting up, structuring, organizing and managing iEARN in Suriname in the past two
years. This overview can be used for other iEARN organizations in other countries as
information for setting up and organizing iEARN in their country.

The iEARN Suriname organization structures have worked in the past years very well,
and have been a strong and stable base for further developments of iEARN in the
country.

Having a well structured organization as an environment to work in will make work
easier and more motivating when coordinating and carrying out the iEARN national
and international projects and trainings in your country. We hope that this document
provides enough information for others to use as an alternative guideline for setting up
an iEARN organization their country.

First of all a profile of iEARN Suriname:

Profile of iEARN Suriname
1998
                        A delegation represented iEARN Suriname at their first iEARN
                        International Conference, held in Tennessee, U.S.A. in July
                        1998. By attending this conference iEARN Suriname became
                        an official member of the iEARN community and as such
                        started to recruit participants, teachers and students, from
                        other schools in Suriname.
In December 1998 the first project of iEARN Suriname was launched called ―CAKI -
Campaign for Kids‖. The purpose of the project was to try and meet the needs of
children from a relatively poor environment, by organizing fundraising activities.


1999
During the first quarter of 1999 students initiated
"Exchanging Cultures Makes Friends". This project was
presented at the 6th Annual iEARN Conference in July
1999 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The iEARN Suriname
delegation presented this project during the "YOUTH
DAY" at the conference in Puerto Rico, covering our
various cultures as a peaceful co-existence in
Suriname.
KVCO- Video Project
At this conference an international project named "Kids Video Collaboration Online"
was launched with ten participating countries including Suriname. This environmental
project covered the following topics:
      Nature preservation - Showcases on National Parks;



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      Pollution and;
      Waste Management.
                 Students and their teachers / coordinators in the participating
                 countries, collaborated through e-mail and the Internet, exchanging
                 information on the above mentioned topics, using video footage to
                 enhance their stories. The video footage was then sent to the
                 international coordinator of the KVCO project, Schools Online, an
                 international organization whose motto is: "Connecting schools
                 together, one computer, one school at a time". There the footage of
                 all the participating member countries was edited into one
                 presentation videotape of iEARN International and KVCO Project
                 called: "Get on the Net, And there we Are".

 Tonka Island Promotional Video
                             iEARN Suriname students worked on "Nature
                             Preservation: Showcases on National Parks," visiting the
                             Brownsberg Nature Park and Tonka Island situated at
                             the foot of the Brownsberg in the van Blommenstein
                             reservoir (lake) both part of the Brokopondo district. A
                             result of the visits to Tonka Island was the making of a
                             promotional video, in order to help the Panda
                             Foundation, managing the island in its strive to make
Tonka Island an education center for students in the Brokopondo area as well as from
the coastal region, exchanging information and learning from each other’s culture and
customs.

Math On-line
Math On-line is a project where school classes in different countries exchange
information and experiences on the use of mathematics in the real day-to-day world
via e-mail and the Internet. This project is an on-going project in which students of
iEARN Suriname also have participated and contributed.

2000
iEARN Suriname started working on three main objectives:
      The structuring and legalization of iEARN Suriname
       into a legal entity.
      Promoting iEARN and its ideas and values to
                                          teachers,
                                          students and
                                          others.
                                           Preparations for participation in the 7th
                                            International iEARN Conference 2000 in
                                            Beijing, China.


Planet Project



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From 15-18 November 2000 iEARN Suriname participated with students in the Planet
Project, the largest poll ever held worldwide organized by the International
organization called Against All Odds Productions. The technology, needed for this
major event, was provided by 3COM. Two Suriname teams won technical grants
along with 48 other top-pollsters around the world (including 21 iEARN members).


2001
                                 Priceless Medicines in Our Backyard
                                 During the 7th iEARN Conference in Beijing, China in
                                 July 2000 the representatives of the countries who
                                 participated in the KVCO project, decided on initiative
                                 of the Suriname delegation to start working on a new
                                 project called "Priceless Medicines in Our Backyard".
                                 Teachers and students from eight countries
                                 representing most continents proposed an international
                                 Internet-based collaboration project to raise awareness
                                 about medical plants hiding in forests and other
habitats around the planet. At the 8th iEARN Conference in Cape Town, South Africa
in this year, representatives of the participating countries presented their reports
during a special workshop.
This project was completed in April 2002 and resulted in a presentation video and in a
few more weeks a website.


                                 Since January 2001 iEARN Suriname has made a
                                 number of presentations at several schools, and in
                                 April 2001 conducted two 2-day teachers’ workshops
                                 resulting in 7 official member schools and growing.
                                 iEARN Suriname will focus on integrating iEARN
                                 curriculum based projects into the Suriname education
                                 system.

                                         Tap' Sey Mit' Foto Sey (South meets North)
                                          This project included an interactive collaboration
                                         between students and teachers from the coastal
                                         area (Paramaribo) and from the interior
                                         (Brokopondo) of Suriname. Students, under
                                         guidance of their
                                         teachers, discussed
                                         environmental issues
                                         such as the ecological
                                         footprint that was left
after a dam was build, and acres of virgin forest as well as
more than 30 villages were lost in the reservoir. The
students discussed the past, present and the future of the
islands in the reservoir. Students and their teachers met for
four days at the beautiful Tonka island situated at the Van Blommenstein reservoir. It
is our intention to turn this project into an on-going activity.



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Most projects in Suriname are currently being conducted as after-school (non-formal)
activities, nevertheless this form of education has contributed to the enhancement of
the students’ and teachers’ educational skills and has proven to be successful.




Conferences Participation

The first participation in 1998:
Chattanooga, Tennessee, U.S.A..
Total amount of participants was 400 from 40 countries

The Suriname delegate consisted of : 1 teacher – Andy Danoe; 2 students:
Valerie Oehlers, Vikash Badal.

Highlights:
 Making the very first person to person acquaintances by the Suriname delegate
   with other iEARN delegates..

The second participation in 1999:
San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Total amount of participants was 425 from 62 countries

The Suriname delegate consisted of : 1 teacher - Andy Danoe and 1 student - Vikash
Badal

Highlights:
 The presentation of a video film of the project ―Dances of the world‖ during the
   Youth Day, this project initiated by iEARN-Suriname covered the various ethnic
   cultural dances which are still being practiced today in Surinam
 The selection of iEARN-Suriname to participate in the international project ―KVCO-
   Kids Video Collaboration Online‖ with seven (7) other iEARN member states.
   This project has been set up for the students to discus with each other the
   environmental aspects in their country by E-mail supported by their own filmed
   video material.

The third participation in July 2000:
Beijing, China.
Total amount of participants: 450 from 70 counties




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The Suriname delegate consisted of : 1 teacher- Dave Abeleven, 3 students- Raoul
Franker; Raoul Weijers and Jeanette Traag

Highlights:
 The final video film production presentation of the international KVCO project.
 The election of iEARN-Suriname as the overall coordinator for the international
   iEARN project regarding herbal plants named, ― Medicines in Our Backyard‖. A
   project with the participation of 6 other iEARN member states, representing every
   continent on earth..

The fourth participation in July 2001:
Cape-Town, South Africa
Total amount of participants: 1500 from 92 countries

The Suriname delegate consisted of: 3 Teachers - Dave Abeleven; Andy Danoe and
Sandra Haakmat; 2 students: Jeanette Traag and Dion Howard

Highlights:
 The interim report / presentation on the status of the project Medicines in Our
   Backyard.

The fifth participation in July 2002:
Moscow, Russia
Total amount of participants: 500 from 95 countries.

The Suriname delegate consists of: 2 Teachers- Dave Abeleven & Elizabeth Burgos
and 1 Consultant & Policymaker -Wilfred Weijers.

Highlights
 The coordination of the final presentation of the international iEARN project
   Medicines in Our Backyard.
 The presentation in a workshop discussion on the subject of how to start and
   implement the ideas and aims of iEARN International in an underdeveloped
   country without any active or practical means from the public sector.

Projects and Trainings in Suriname
KaKi – Kampagne voor Kinderen in Dec. 1998
 The iEARN teachers and students organized a special fundraising campaign
   during the holy season of 1998 for the children of the Children’s home ……….that
   has been devastated by a raging fire.




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KVCO - Kids Video Collaboration Online ,1999/2000
   The E-mail/ video project ― Kids Video Collaboration Online has been prepared and
    designed by Schools Online a non profit organization in the U.S.A. for students to discuss
    and do research regarding the environmental aspects in their country regarding nature
    conservation and pollution.
   The following countries took part in this project: Suriname, Mexico, Uganda, Latvia,
    Macedonia, India and South Africa.
   A video film presentation of 12 minutes was the end result of the joint effort of all the
    participating schools/ students in their respective countries.

Learning Circle - Math in our Lives ,1999
 A typical project to be used in class for the math lessons and is adapted to be
   applied to the every day live occurrences.

Planet Project, Nov. 2000
 This project has been initiated by the U.S.A. organization ― Against All Odds
   Productions‖ together with the computer giant 3COM..
 During 4 days planet pollsters made a survey starting at the same time in 158
   countries across the globe with their Palm PC in their hands.
 The objective was to find out by having these polls how people are experiencing
   life in the year 2000.
 iEARN- Suriname did perform very well during the entire survey and did receive
   two technical grants.

Medicines in Our Backyard ,2001/2002
 At the KVCO meeting in Beijing it was proposed by the delegate from India to
  continue with a similar kind of project with the herbal plants as the subject.
 They did question the meeting if anybody did know of the Niem plant and were
  surprised to learn that this plant was well known in Suriname, due to the fact that
  150 years ago the contract laborers from India did bring the plant with them to
  Suriname.
 At that point in time it was decided to continue with the international iEARN project
  Medicines in Our Backyard, coordinated by iEARN-Suriname with India, Nepal, Sri
  Lanka, Macedonia, Slovenia and Ukraine as participants.

Training : Introduction to iEARN & project-based learning, April 2001
 50 Teachers of secondary schools were trained in the project based learning
   programs and they did make their first acquaintance with the iEARN Network

2EDUCATE, August 2001
 A project where students from the elementary schools in Paramaribo (about 1700
  students) got the opportunity to get acquainted with the basic principals of the
  computer and use iEARN projects as a tool for a educative use of the internet and
  computer programs.
 This project enabled teachers to support NV SITT in training 1700 pupils the basic
  skills to operate the computer.

Training : Introduction to iEARN for the 2 educate project (teacher training),
august 2001



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 A two day training’s workshop for teachers from the elementary schools who were
  willing to work as volunteers during the execution of the 2educate project.
 In cooperation with the local computer firm NV. Sitt a training program has been
  executed during the summer holidays where 35 elementary school teachers were
  trained in project based learning programs.

Tap’ Sey Mit’ Foto Sey, September 2001
 A four days exchange program with students from Brokopondo(Tap’Sey) in the
   interior and from Paramaribo(Foto Sey) took place on the Tonka island which is
   located in the middle of the van Blommenstein-lake, a water storage reservoir for
   the hydro- power dam at Afobaka.
 The discussions were about the ecological footprints left behind since the
   construction of the dam and with that the come into being of the van
   Blommenstein –lake 40 years ago..
 Their introduction to iEARN and getting acquainted with the iEARN Network.

IEARN Online training, October 2001 and march 2002
    A two month online training conducted by iEARN International
    Completing this course will give the title of ―iEARN master Teacher‖
    Teacher have the opportunity to learn how they can integrate a iEARN project
     into their classroom and curriculum.
    The teachers who participate get the chance to experience a alternative
     learning method called ― Project based learning ―




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Introduction
IEARN Suriname is structured in two parts :

   1. The iEARN Suriname Association
   2. The iEARN Suriname Foundation

The purpose of the division into two parts is as follows:
   Not dealing with the restraints of one organization, which has to tackle not only
    all major issues such as iEARN projects and training’s, but also with fundraising,
    networking with the business community and government bodies and
    management.
   Making a clear division between coordination of training and projects for students
    and teachers and schools at one hand and management, fundraising and
    government and business relations at the other hand.
   Making fundraising more manageable and focused upon.

In the beginning of the year 2000 the iEARN Suriname Association started procedures to
gain legal status, which currently is in a completing phase.
In September 2000 the iEARN Suriname Advisory Board was installed. This board was
later transformed into the iEARN Suriname Foundation with an advisory and monitoring
role towards the association. On 12 March 2001 the iEARN Suriname Foundation
obtained legal status as an NGO.
IEARN Suriname began a mass campaign involving new members, school and teachers
to participate in the iEARN project work. Presentations were held for NGO's, schools,
teachers (individually and collectively) and other social and educational organizations.

In organization chart terms the organization structure, with responsibilities of the two
organizations, is as follows:

                                  iEARN Suriname Organization Chart


                                            iEARN International
                                               secretariat /
                                                Assembly


               iEARN Suriname Association                         iEARN Suriname Foundation


        Education experts            Teachers          Ministry of Education     Private companies
       / education support      / teacher training
            individuals              colleges
                                    universities

            Students           Educational NGO's        Financial institutes           other
         / youth groups               and                 / other financial         government
                                education related            supportive               bodies
                                  organizations               institutes

          Schoolboards
       / education interest
             groups




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iEARN Suriname association responsibilities
•Teachers’ training: project-based learning & iEARN
•iEARN Presentations
•Workshops - students & teachers
•National iEARN projects
•International iEARN project collaborations

iEARN Suriname foundation responsibilities
•Advisory role
•Monitoring
•Fundraising
•Awareness control towards NGO’s, Ministry of Education, business community, &
other interest groups

General information
IEARN-Suriname established in July 1998
The legal establishment of the foundation, ― Stichting Beheer en Advies iEARN-Suriname‖
took place on March 12th , 2001. Freely translated: “Foundation for the monitoring
and management of iEARN Suriname “
The official formation of the coordination and operations team of iEARN-
Suriname association as a legal entity took place on November 6th , 2001

The Aim of iEARN Suriname:
To flesh out and adapt the aim of iEARN international to the needs in Suriname by
integrating the ITC method in the day to day curriculum based school system through
the introduction and integration of the project based learning system. Giving teachers
and students the chance to experience and apply new learning methods through
collaborative projects (project-based learning) nationally and internationally within as
well outside the schoolsystem (formal and non-formal).
With also in mind that these methodologies can also benefit the business community
and all other productive sectors in Suriname on long term, because well trained
people, who are able to function immediately in the ever-changing world, will be
available to help with the positive development of Suriname.

Target Group in Suriname:
IEARN Suriname association: Teachers; students, schools, education NGO’s in that
order.
IEARN Suriname foundation: Business community, Government and Financial and
private organizations and institutes.

Methodology:
Association:
Introducing iEARN to teachers and students through ITC, training, workshops,
presentations and implementing international and national collaborative projects
adapted to the needs in Suriname during and outside school-activities.
Foundation:
Organizing workshops for the business community and related organizations to help
establish the awareness with them for investing in the education for long term benefit
and to motivate them to take actively part in this process



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Key area’s
To structure the iEARN activities and the organization as a whole, it was decided to
create key area’s in which all activities take place. As part of achieving above
mentioned objectives iEARN Suriname undertakes activities concerning the following
key areas:

     Introduction activities
      During the years iEARN Suriname shall keep on organizing introduction
      activities such as presentations and workshops for the education community
      (schools, teachers, ministry of education, etc), NGO’s and the business
      community. The purpose of this is to make people aware of what iEARN can
      mean for the education in Suriname and international connectivity to the rest of
      the world.

     Management
      For managing the many activities of iEARN Suriname and for having a central
      meeting place and information desk for its members as well teachers and
      students and other interested people who or not a member of I*EARN it is
      essential to have a secretariat. Having the necessary equipment, office
      supplies, trainings en project supplies and office space will enable the board of
      I*EARN Suriname to coordinate and manage its activities nationally and
      internationally more effectively.

     Projects
      The execution of curriculum based projects and collaborating on line is the most
      essential part of iEARN educational activities, being a way to better the health
      and welfare of the world and that of the country Suriname. With project based
      learning iEARN Suriname strives to connect that what students learn in class to
      that what is happening around them in the community and in the world; a
      practical use of what is being learned in school by executing projects. The
      iEARN projects are the main examples of how learning by students can be
      enhanced. There are a lot of iEARN projects that will be executed with in the
      boundaries of schools in Suriname along with partner schools and classes
      abroad. There will also be special projects conducted especially for Suriname in
      the non-formal education sector.

     Individual development
      During the period iEARN Suriname shall, with the assistance of the
      international secretariat of iEARN incorporated, organize a number of training’s
      and workshops for students and teachers on general subjects and specific
      subjects concerning global issues and the education as part of the individual
      development of its members as well its non members. Project based learning
      as a alternative educational method is one of the main subjects.

      Training’s for teachers shall focus on letting them experience new methods and
      techniques of education that can be very useful for classroom activities and the
      method of teaching generally and on specific issues

      Students will be mostly trained in knowledge of new education techniques as
      well other internet related educational methods, collaborative project activities


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      and social related and interactive skills. These skills must help students,
      especially from secondary level to communicate and collaborate in life more
      effectively.

     Internationalism
      As part of the global relations and collaborative work between the several
      countries participating in iEARN it is essential to organize regional and
      international conferences and summits frequently.
      Conferences are the places where educators and students can interact directly
      with each other and with their colleagues around the world. This gives the
      participants the opportunity to share new ideas, experiences and project
      proposals.

      For iEARN Suriname it is especially important to participate in international
      conferences and workshops to broaden the view on educational methods and
      systems even further. This way the isolation where our education is now at can
      be broken and replaced with new international based education systems
      focusing on local and global issues.

      Annually iEARN incorporated organizes somewhere in the world an
      international conference to bring participants together and celebrate humanity
      in all its aspects, especially with the focus on education and collaboration.
      Students and teachers from Suriname that have participated in international
      conferences were able to share their experiences with other people in
      Suriname bringing a piece of internationalism and peaceful international
      harmony and educational collaboration home.

     Public Relations
      This part has as main objective to let the broad Surnames community learn
      about iEARN and its work and to interact with this community. By doing this
      Suriname will learn more and will become aware of new international
      educational methods that can be important to the development of Suriname
      and especially the education of its youth. The public relations exists of news
      bulletins, reports to the media, interviews, media campaigns, newspaper
      articles etc.




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The objectives of the association:

   1. Giving teachers and students in Suriname the opportunity to work together with
      their colleagues and fellow students on national as well on international level,
      sharing ideas and other initiatives concerning online collaboration and the way
      to enhance teaching and learning making a meaningful contribution to the
      health and welfare of the planet and its people;

   2. Bringing some internationalism into the classroom. Supporting teachers how
      together with their students they can work with other classes around the world.
      This way opening Suriname, it’s classes and schools and in fact the whole
      education system to the world, participating more actively in educational
      methods concerning global issues.

   3. Giving the teachers the opportunity to explore the possibilities how they can
      make their lessons more effective and practical by integrating more curriculums
      based educative projects (project based learning) during the lessons. This will
      give students the opportunity to enhance their overall study results and to be
      conducting other educational methods such as more practical and more
      interactive lessons giving way to self learning as part of the process of
      individual development (i.e. subjects like Sociology, Geographies, etc)

   4. To introduce curriculum and non-curriculum based projects into classes and
      outside the schoolsystem, giving students the opportunity to enhance their
      overall study results, making room for self-learning as part of the process of
      individual development.

Mission :
           To create opportunities for teachers and students to work together on
            both national and international level;
           To create awareness among teachers and students about the power
            of the use of iEARN projects (project based learning) and IT—
            Integration Technology;
           To introduce internationalism into the classroom.
                     ADVOCATING THE QUALITY IN EDUCATION

The coordination and operations team
The association is lead and managed by a coordination and operations team. This
team consists of persons who have the overall management of all iEARN educative
activities in Suriname. They must be teachers or associated with the education sector
in Suriname.
The main activities of this team are as follows:
-     Organizing training’s and workshops for teachers on the subjects of:
              Project Based learning (PBL);
              iEARN online training;
              How to work with iEARN and
              Introduction to iEARN and PBL.


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-   Coordinating, supervising and executing iEARN international and national
    projects such as :
              Laws of life (international)
              Tap Sey Mit Foto Sey (national)
              Medicine in our Backyard (international)
-   Fundraising ; assisting the foundation on writing out financial project proposals
    and looking for ways to increase the financial base of the organization
-   Organizing workshops and training’s for students on the subjects of:
              Presentation methods;
              How to use a video camera.
-   Increasing the network locally and internationally of schools and education
    organizations as well of teachers and students on individual base
-   Setting up Training- and education centers for teachers primarily and for students
    secondarly. Some examples :
     The iEARN Suriname Trainingscenter and walk inn
     The Tonka Island Education Center in the interior
-   Organizing training’s in the use of basic computer standard software for teachers
    such as :
              MS Word 2000
              MS excel 2000
              MS PowerPoint 2000
              Internet and e-mail
-   Organizing educative youth activities together with other youth organizations
    such as the department of youth affairs of the ministry of Education
-   Writing yearly plan of actions and long term strategic plans, reports, as well as
    filing all administrative and financial documents concerning the association
-   Conducting regular meetings and working out and organizing joint activities
    together with the ministry of Education and other education NGO’s.
-   Organizing educative fieldtrips for teachers and the iEARN Suriname youth in
    case of projects, workshops and training’s
-   Initiating new project and training idea’s and activities in close cooperation with
    field experts in the education sector and together with other education NGO’s


Executive Committee of the Coordination & Operations team (2002)
Dave Abeleven    –      Country coordinator
Henna Coulor     –      Secretary
Elizabeth Burgos –      Project coordinator
Dorothy Traag    –      Training coordinator
Errol Gezius     –      Youth coordinator
Karin Graven     –      projectdirector

This team currently heads up the iEARN Suriname association and is responsible for
the coordination of all iEARN activities in Suriname.




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The organization chart for the association is as follows:

                                     iEARN Suriname Association


                                            Country Coordinator

                   Adimistrative director                         Finance director

             iEARN Country Center director


                                Executive Deputy Country Coordinator


       Trainings coordinator                Project coordinator             Youth coordinator


         Trainings director                   Project director              Youth Leader
                                                                      iEARN Suriname youth group


Description of the responsibilities and duties of the coordination team
members:
Here we give you a detailed description of the responsibilities of each of the iEARN
association board members (coordination team):

Country coordinator
-   Supervising the coordination of all iEARN Suriname activities concerning the
    main goals of the iEARN Suriname association and iEARN internationally.
-   Total supervision and coordination of all activities of the iEARN Suriname
    association coordination team.
-   Supervising and maintaining an adequate information exchange between the
    members of the coordination team.
-   Representing the association in all-formal and executive gatherings and
    meetings.
-   Internationally responsible for reporting on and cooperating with the international
    secretariat, assembly and other country coordinators
-   Coordination of and supervising of all international iEARN activities in Suriname
-   Giving out information about iEARN to organization leaders and managers;
-   Responsible for the supervision of the administrative and financial activities and
    the public relations (carried out in close cooperation with the PRO-member of the
    iEARN Suriname foundation)
-   The direct contact for the iEARN Suriname Foundation board
-   The direct contact for the ministry of education and the managers of other
    education NGO’s
-   Representative of the iEARN Suriname association in meetings of the iEARN
    Suriname Foundation
-   Heading up the meetings of the coordination team.
-   Supervising all iEARN Suriname center activities




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Executive Deputy Country Coordinator (General Affairs Coordinator)
-   The direct first assistant to the country coordinator;
-   Takes over the duties and responsibilities of the country coordinator when he/she
    is not capable of carrying out his/hers responsibilities or has leave of absence
-   Responsible for the coordination and supervision of all activities concerning the
    iEARN Suriname projects, training and workshops and youth activities
-   Responsible for collecting all data concerning education developments in
    Suriname.
-   The direct contact for members (teachers) of iEARN Suriname
-   The direct contact for iEARN school-coordinators
-   Responsible for the coordination of all introduction activities on schools and other
    interested educational NGO’s and institutes.
-   Assisting with the management activities of the association
-   Is the direct supervisor of the project coordinator, training’s coordinator and youth
    coordinator as well their respective assistants.
-   Responsible for the publication of iEARN Suriname newsletters (as editor)

Project coordinator
-    responsible for the coordination and the well planned execution of all iEARN
     national based and international based projects
-    Supervisor for the execution of iEARN projects in schools
-    The direct supervisor and contact for project-leaders and all responsible for the
     execution of iEARN projects in Suriname
-    First assistant to the Executive Vice Country Coordinator and second in line as
     assistant of the country coordinator
-    Assistant in the publication of the iEARN Suriname newsletters
-    Responsible for an adequate information distribution on news about international
     iEARN projects to all project leaders and those who are interested.
-    Responsible for the supervision of all logistics concerning execution of iEARN
     projects ( national and international)

Training-coordinator
-    Responsible for the coordination, supervision and execution of all iEARN
     Suriname training’s, workshops and educative meetings, -discussions and
     information-sessions for teachers, students and others who are interested
     (ministry officials, partner organizations etc)
-    Responsible for the supervision of the overall quality level of the iEARN Projects
     and training’s and workshops being carried out in Suriname
-    Responsible for an adequate and high education level of the organization and its
     members
-    Supervisor to those who assist in and are responsible for conducting iEARN
     Suriname training’s and workshops
-    Second assistant to the Executive Vice Country Coordinator and third in line as
     assistant to the Country Coordinator.
-    Responsible for an adequate information distribution on news about international
     and national iEARN training’s to all who are interested.
-    Responsible for the supervision of all logistics concerning execution of iEARN
     Suriname training’s and International training’s conducted in Suriname (online
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-    Responsible for the supervision and coordination of all iEARN Suriname
     research, development and reports on educational subjects and Project based
     learning and all that is related to this subject.
-    Direct contact for training-institutes, Universities, colleges and training-centers in
     Suriname

Youth Coordinator
-   Coordinator of the iEARN Suriname youth group
-   Responsible for an adequate information distribution to the iEARN Suriname
    youth group members concerning iEARN activities
-   Direct contact for the iEARN Suriname Youth
-   Coordinator of all iEARN youth summit and international activities in Suriname
-   Responsible for the supervision of an adequate participation of the iEARN
    Suriname youth in iEARN activities (motivator)
-   The supervisor of the youth leader of the iEARN Suriname youth group
-   Responsible for the coordination of joint youth activities between the iEARN
    Suriname youth and other youth organizations in Suriname
-   Direct contact to the Ministry of education/department of youth affairs
-   Responsible for the cooperation of iEARN Suriname with other youth
    organizations.

Administrative director
-   Responsible for the administrative management of the association:
    o Correspondence
    o Writing out and reporting on the minutes of coordination team meetings
    o Sending out convocations for iEARN Suriname meetings and activities
    o Responsible for the e-mail addresses of iEARN Suriname and taking care of
        all incoming and outgoing messages
    o Responsible for the total database of all iEARN Suriname members (teachers
        and youth group)
    o Responsible for the daily agenda of the association
-   Supervising the editing of the newsletters of iEARN Suriname
-   Assistant to the management of the iEARN Suriname offices (iEARN Suriname
    Center director)
-   Responsible for the management and supervision of archives of iEARN
    Suriname, and all other documents, brochures, reports CD’s, video and audio
    material, project booklets, etc. in possession of iEARN Suriname
-   Responsible for reporting and administrative documentation of all iEARN
    Suriname projects and training’s

IEARN Suriname Center director
-   Manager of all iEARN Suriname offices, training-facilities and other iEARN
    Suriname facilities
-   Responsible for the logistic coordination for iEARN Suriname training’s, projects
    and youth group activities
-   Responsible for the coordination of all iEARN Suriname Center activities in
    collaboration with all who are responsible for iEARN Suriname activities
-   Assistant to the Country coordinator as part of the daily agenda coordination and
    execution and center activities
-   Contact for schools, teachers and students on a daily base


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-    Assisting the administrative director in the daily duties
-    Responsible for the management and maintenance of all iEARN Suriname
     equipment (video camera’s, computers, network, etc)
-    Responsible for reporting all iEARN Suriname activities to the country
     coordinator
-    Responsible for reporting all Center activities to the international secretariat and
     assembly after consulting with the country coordinator

Finance director
-    Responsible for the total financial administration of the association
-    Together with the treasurer of the iEARN Suriname foundation being responsible
     for all financial transactions, bank accounts of iEARN Suriname
-    Monthly reporting on the financial status of iEARN Suriname to the association
-    Direct assistant to the treasurer of the iEARN Suriname foundation
-    Responsible for putting together the yearly financial budget, reports, and financial
     archives
-    Responsible for controlling all financial budgets and transactions concerning
     iEARN Suriname project activities, training’s and workshops and youth activities
-    Assisting in fundraising, identifying financial possibilities and outcomes for the
     association

Project director
-    assistant to the project coordinator
-    responsible for logistics concerning iEARN Suriname project activities
-    responsible for the execution of all decisions concerning the project activities
     according to the timetable set for these activities
-    assisting the iEARN Suriname Center Director in the execution of the
     responsibilities concerning the iEARN projects in Suriname

Training director
-    assistant to the training coordinator
-    responsible for the execution of all decisions concerning the training’s,
     workshops and information sessions according to the timetable set for these
     activities
-    responsible for the supervision of the timetable concerning training execution
-    assisting the iEARN Suriname Center Director in the execution of the
     responsibilities concerning the iEARN training’s in Suriname

Youth leader
-   assistant to the youth coordinator
-   responsible for logistics concerning iEARN Suriname youth activities
-   responsible for the execution of all decisions concerning the youth activities
    according to the timetable set for these activities
-   assisting the iEARN Suriname Center Director in the execution of the
    responsibilities concerning the iEARN youth activities in Suriname

The daily executive board that is responsible for the day to day management of the
association consists of the following coordination team members:
Country Coordinator, Executive Deputy Country Coordinator, Administrative director,
Finance director, and iEARN Suriname Center Director


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     A member organization of the International Education And Resource Network Incorporated




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The Objectives of the Foundation:

1. Creating and securing a stable, efficient, effective and lasting financial base for the
   purpose of coordinating and executing all iEARN Suriname activities

2. Establishing and helping to control awareness processes within the business
   community with the focus upon the need to invest into the education system, which
   benefits the business community on long term.

3. Maintaining a efficient and effective management and administration system for all
   iEARN Suriname activities and possessions

4. Establishing and maintaining an lasting network between iEARN Suriname and all
   other relevant educational organizations, government bodies, business companies
   and other relevant organizations and institutes in Suriname for the main purpose of
   establishing an adequate and quality education system (formal and non formal).
   With the goal of a peaceful and harmonious community in mind, where everybody
   works to develop a peaceful and productive nation.

5. Seeking and creating ways and working foundations for the material support and
   immaterial support of all iEARN activities in Suriname.

Organization structure
The organization chart of the Foundation is as follows:

                          iEARN Suriname Foundation


                                      Chairman

                    Secretary                             Treasurer

           Public Relations Officer


                                 Deputy Chairman


                         Director       Director      Director

The Board of the Foundation (2000- currently):
Wilfred H. Weijers     –      Chair
Theo Linscheer         –      Secretary
Irmgard Tjong A Hung   –      treasurer



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Odette Miranda             –      Deputy Chair / PR Officer
Rein Voigt                 –      member of the board (director)
Hugo Colridge              –      member of the board (director)
Rob Partiman               –      member of the board (director)

Main activities and responsibilities

1.    Assisting the iEARN Suriname association in the coordination and execution of
      all iEARN activities in Suriname in every way possible

2.    Monitoring all activities of the association

3.    Giving freely advises to the coordination team of the association when
      coordinating and executing iEARN activities in Suriname

4.    Managing and administrating of all movable and immovable possessions of
      iEARN Suriname

5.    Seeking and consolidating financial and material support for the lasting
      coordination and execution of activities of iEARN Suriname

Description of the responsibilities and duties of the board members:
Here we give you a detailed description of the responsibilities of each of the iEARN
Foundation board members:

The Chair
-    Supervising the coordination of all iEARN Suriname foundation activities
     concerning the main goals of the iEARN Suriname foundation
-    Total supervision and coordination of all activities of the iEARN Suriname
     Foundation board.
-    Supervising an adequate information exchange between the members of the
     board.
-    Representing the foundation in all-formal and executive gatherings and meetings.
-    Monitoring of iEARN activities in Suriname
-    Giving out information about iEARN to organization leaders and managers;
-    Responsible for the supervision of the administrative and financial activities and
     the public relations (carried out in close cooperation with the daily executive team
     of the iEARN Suriname Association)
-    The direct contact for the iEARN Suriname Association coordination team
-    The direct contact for the ministry of education and the managers of business
     companies, financial institutes and other relevant government and non-
     government bodies.
-    Maintaining an adequate and efficient working relation between the iEARN
     Suriname association and iEARN Suriname Foundation.
-    Assisting the iEARN Suriname Country Coordinator by advising and working out
     useful programs for an effective execution of the responsibilities of the country
     coordinator

Deputy Chair
-   Direct assistant to the Chairman in executing his/her tasks


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-    Taking over all duties and responsibilities of the chairman in case of incapability
     of the chairman in carrying out his/her tasks
-    Supervises the execution of all decisions made by the board in an earlier phase.
-    Responsible for an effective and efficient contact between the directors and the
     rest of the board.
-    Responsible for an adequate execution of all foundation activities and report to
     all board members

Secretary
-   Responsible for the administrative management of the foundation:
    o Correspondence
    o Writing out and reporting on the minutes of board meetings
    o Sending out convocations for iEARN Suriname foundation meetings and
        activities
    o Responsible for the total database of all iEARN Suriname foundation
        members and other contacts
    o Responsible for the daily agenda of the foundation
-   Assistant to the management of the iEARN Suriname offices (iEARN Suriname
    Center director)
-   Responsible for the management and supervision of archives of iEARN
    Suriname, and all other documents, brochures, reports in close cooperation with
    the administrative director of iEARN Suriname association
-   Responsible for reporting and administrative documentation of all iEARN
    Suriname foundation activities

Treasurer
-   Responsible for the total financial administration of iEARN Suriname
-   Together with the finance director of the iEARN Suriname association being
    responsible for all financial transactions, bank accounts of iEARN Suriname
-   Monthly reporting on the financial status of iEARN Suriname to the boars of the
    association and the foundation
-   Responsible for putting together the yearly financial budget, reports, and financial
    archives
-   Responsible for controlling and eventually approving all financial budgets and
    transactions concerning iEARN Suriname activities.
-   Assisting in fundraising, identifying financial possibilities and outcomes for iEARN
    Suriname


Public Relations Officer
  -       Responsible for all working relations and contacts with the media and the
          press in Suriname.
  -       Responsible for the publication of reports, interviews, and statements on
          behalf of iEARN Suriname (association and foundation) and its activities
  -       Being in close cooperation with iEARN Suriname Country coordinator for the
          publication of reports on iEARN Suriname education activities
  -       The direct contact for reporters in Suriname on behalf of the iEARN
          Suriname boards




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Directors
-    assistant to the deputy chair and the chair
-    responsible for the execution of all decisions concerning the activities according
     to the timetable set for these activities
-    responsible for the supervision of the timetable concerning activity execution
-    assisting the daily executive board in the execution of the responsibilities
     concerning the iEARN Suriname foundation decisions and tasks

Daily executive board
The Daily executive board of the iEARN Suriname foundation, which is responsible for
the day to day management of the foundation, consists of the following persons:
1. the chairman
2. the secretary
3. the treasurer
4. the public relations officer
5. the deputy chair

Note:
All activities and idea’s that are initiated and decided upon by the iEARN Foundation
board must be done so in close cooperation with the iEARN Suriname association
coordination team. Only then a effective and efficient coordination and organization of
all iEARN Suriname activities can be carried out based on advocating the quality in
education.




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