The hardest arithmetic to master is that which enables us to count our blessings.
~ Eric Hoffer
Both field workers (project staff) and teachers from the participating schools teach in the vacation schools. The vacation schools are intended to establish and grow a corps of high performers that may continue into higher education while also adding quality to the school experience of other learners.
The work is focused on conceptual engagement with critical concepts, and provide extensive opportunities for learners to engage in problem solving, investigations, experimental work and critical discourse with each other and with teachers. Special learning materials are utilised, and the participating teachers receive intensive training in the content addressed during the vacation schools, as well as the pedagogies utilised. In this way it is hoped that not only the learners who attend the vacation schools will benefit, but that the teachers who participate will acquire enhanced capacities and commitment for the work they do in their regular classes in schools.