IP Education Centers

Heart of Community Life

Using a microscope

Working in a biblioteca


Since public schools in El Salvador are only half-day and often lack basic resources (e.g., computers, books, paper) students need support to succeed. For this, students go to their IP community “biblioteca”, which serves as an informal education center for homework support, books, computers, internet, and classes in reading, writing, math, art, and computer skills.

As the only community building, the “biblioteca” is also the place where the community meets and celebrates.

In each community, a local resident serves as a paid “facilitator” and receives supervision and monthly training to teach using “hands-on” learning activities that are relevant and fun.
A committee of parents and volunteers support the facilitator by planning activities and events.
Community Activities that Promote Education

Life stories of community elders posted throughout the community

Access to Computers and Internet

Academic Fairs Demonstrate Knowledge and Accomplishments

Plays and Traditional Dancing

Environmental Initiatives collect trash and demonstrate how to recycle

Community Gardens provide a “hands on” way for students to learn key concepts in science, math and other relevant educational topics
IP Delegates

  • Work with community members to build the education centers
  • Work with students during delegations
  • Support local facilitator/teachers
Note: To address issues related to COVID-19, IP has taken a number of steps to protect participants including: required mask wearing, social distancing, use of hand sanitizer, temperature checks at entry, outdoor activities and sending students home who have symptoms, and daily sanitation procedures.

Education Center Sponsors

  The children and families who benefit from our “bibliotecas” want to thank the generous donors who make this dream a reality each year!

  • El Aceituno – Friends of Aceituno
  • Alegria – Seattle Foundation
  • Cacahuatal – Perry Saidman
  • Hacienda Vieja – Friends of Hacienda Vieja
  • Palo Grande – Weinfeld Education Group (WEG) and Friends

If you want further information as to how to join one of these donor groups, contact director@internationalpartners.org