Martin Burt, CEO Fundacion Paraguaya
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Self-sustaining Agricultural School Model
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.