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A proven model for creative development among children and youth through arts, music, literature, science, technology & creative industries.

EL INGENIO. Center for Learning and Creativity Development

location_on Mexico
El Ingenio provided public access to creative development to the community, where more than 20,000 children, youth and adults have developed learning capabilities and creative skills through their original projects in Music, Literature, Arts, Science and Technology and Creative industries. The educational model is supported by a for-profit enterprise for the creative production.
What I like the most is that I don´t feel like at school. You feel more like being at home, chatting about your favourite subject...that is what keeps me here, and keeps my happy

Matias Flores, 2015


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20 000
Updated on January 27th, 2022
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EL INGENIO. Center of Learning and Creativity Development

What we do? 

We offer free access to high-quality non-formal education for all ages to develop creative skills, capabilities and attitudes though multiple disciplines related to everyone's interest. 

Though short to midterm workshops, learners discover their passions and creative flow, learn to learn and share with others, develop creative and critical thinking, problem-solving, and create a wide array of individual and creative projects in five pedagogical programs:  

  • Music: music composing, individual instrument performance, rock bands and music ensembles, professional recording and production in our fully equipped studio.

  • Literature: creative writing, creative literacy, early childhood reading programs,  youth reading clubs, publishing and editing original books, and support of community libraries through the Reading Honeycomb Network

  • Science and Technology: STEM education, sustainable construction and technological problem-solving in our maker space lab.

  • Arts: scenic performance, community theatre, puppetry companies, visual arts creations, original furniture design and shop for schools, libraries and homes.

  • Creative Industries: creation of cultural enterprises, youth organizations, creative industries networks, concerts, public exhibitions

This happens in a learning community center fully equipped with green buildings, library, maker space, music studio, furniture shop and learning spaces, as well as in multiple community libraries across the state of Chiapas. 

The creative production is marketed through a for-profit enterprise to support the educational activities.

Why we do it?

Because we acknowledge the huge potential of children, youth and adults to enjoy learning and develop infinite creative possibilities, not only by creating original solutions to local problems but especially to exercise effective ways of human interaction through learning innovation.    

We launched the project in a southern region of  Mexico facing multiple educational and socioeconomic challenges, demonstrating that creativity is a powerful tool to overcome these challenges and transform our communities into highly capable clusters of change.    


HundrED Academy Review

Given how multi-disciplinary this project is, it has the potential to work anywhere. The emphasis on collaboration and community enhances the projects’ utility and creativity.

- HundrED Academy Member

The programme offers free access to high-quality non-formal education for children, youth and adults. A proven model for creative development learning capabilities and creative skills of learners.

- HundrED Academy Member
The El Ingenio model constructs a creative mindset among learner through highly-crafted lessons. It can be utilized by educators and schools across the globe to develop creativity in solving real-world problems.
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Achievements & Awards

November 2020
April 2020
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October 2017
Semifinalist Buckminster Fuller Challenge 2017
August 2017
21 Educational Innovations in Latin America Award -Ashoka-Kybernus
January 2017
Nomination Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award 2017
July 2016
The Other Hundreds Educators Award 2016
May 2016
Green Library Award-IFLA 2016
April 2016
Ibermuseus Award 2016
November 2015
Reading Promotion Award-Mexico Lee 2015
October 2015
Visionaris Award for Social Entrepreneurship 2015
August 2015
Ashoka Fellowship 2015
August 2015
The Lego Foundation Fellowship

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