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An educational model based on "learning by doing, selling and earning", giving underprivileged young students access to quality education.

Self-sustaining Agricultural School Model

location_on Paraguay
Fundación Paraguaya's Self-sustaining school model, connects underprivileged young people with quality education. Through this learning experience, students thrive personally and professionally, and open an array of opportunities. The "learning by doing" model allows them to break the circle of poverty by guiding them to become employable, pursue higher education, or start their own business.
Education is transformation. Entrepreneurship and technical skills are key elements to bring opportunity to young people.

Martin Burt, CEO Fundacion Paraguaya


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HundrED 2021

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Innovation Overview

14 - 18
Age Group
3 000
Updated on November 24th, 2020
about the innovation

Self-sustaining agricultural school

We work in low-income, mainly rural communities in Latin America and Africa, serving youth who come from chronically poor families, and have few educational opportunities beyond the primary level.

Our Self-sustaining school model offers a high-quality secondary school education, that requires students to pay a symbolic tuition fee. Other approaches either recognize the importance of providing a high-quality, entrepreneurial program, but do not have a way to pay for it, or have found ways for the poor to pay for their education, but cannot deliver quality. We ensure the quality and relevance of our program by giving students the opportunity to learn practical and entrepreneurial skills as they help run the school’s commercially viable, on-campus enterprises. By learning to run competitive enterprises—from production to marketing to record keeping—students acquire useful, marketable skills. At the same time, the school ensures that this education is affordable for the poor by generating enough income to cover all of its operating costs. 


HundrED Academy Review

This innovation is indeed ingenious. I am personally inspired by this innovation. The beauty in it is that it aligns with real life needs of millions of people across the globe, as it allows learners; to break the circle of poverty by guiding them to dream bigger.

- HundrED Academy Member

The impact on these agricultural communities must be tremendous and their children learn real-world skills to improve their families and communities. I notice that Mexico is one of the countries already involved in this program and I definitely see how well that would work here.

- HundrED Academy Member
Self-sustaining Agriculture School Model is providing students with tools and knowledge to succeed in their lives. This hands on and real life experience empowers students. Additionally, this business unit contributes to train the youth and their school to become financially self-sustainable.
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Achievements & Awards

April 2016
Novia Salcedo Prize 2016
September 2015
OIT "Buenas practicas de Empleabilidad juvenil" Award
November 2012
Nestle "Share value award 2012"
September 2011
Ashoka "Change Makers"
January 2010
GDN - Most innovative Development Project 2009
June 2009
Templeton Freedom Award 2009
June 2009
World Innovation summit for Education 2009
September 2008
“World Challenge 2008" Finalist

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