The MANGO Campaign seeks to cover areas such as language learning, media literacy, animal welfare, gender equality, and career planning. MANGO is an expansion of Language Exchange Atlanta, a meetup group designed to bring individuals together to practice their language skills. The purpose of this is to not only broaden the focus beyond languages, but also to emphasize on important aspects of schools that the STEM model of education doesn't highlight. This, however, isn't meant to replace the STEM model, but to expand upon the humanities more.
Our biggest emphasis is on the education system in America, but we are also emphasizing on building school systems in other parts of the world.
MANGO also stresses on the importance of task-based learning and co-curricular activities. What this means is that academic classes should provide opportunities to practice what is learned in classrooms that are interactive and outside the classroom. The best way to learn is by doing.
The stakeholders of our education system range from teachers, parents, and students to principals and superintendents. However, there are many others who benefit from good schools. These include, but are not limited to school counselors, librarians, professionals that work in student service-learning departments, and employees for career services departments on campus.
Our campaign follows many of the ideals during the Renaissance era. In other words, we realize that technical subjects like science can coexist with a focus on art and literacy. It is common for communities to look at STEM subjects as lucrative and humanities classes as less prestigious. However, the truth is that these different areas can complement each other.
Even though we seek to work with all grade levels, our priority is on high school and college students, as these are critical years in students lives. And while we stress mostly on making an impact during school hours, what we do is not limited to when classes take place. We also put a lot of effort into when extracurricular activities take place. We help out year-round.
Most of the impact on education comes from county and state school systems. That's why we focus on working with school boards and individual schools to provide knowledge and resources. However, we also take a lot of importance on working with the federal government. In fact, we even place a high priority on collaborating with global schools, as international needs are similiar.
The reason why we emphasize on the humanities is because these subjects often promote qualities such as social justice, creativity, empathy, and logic. In other words, these subjects often discuss what makes us human. As people, we communicate all the time and the humanities allow us to develop the speaking skills necessary for conversations.
We have a set of guidelines specific to the five key areas of multiculturalism, art, nature, grammar, and opportunity. These suggested goals will be shared with schools around the world so they can be implemented in classrooms and outside of them. Furthermore resources such as worksheets will be sent out to educators to implement MANGO.