Katia Gomez, Founder
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The Fifth Wall
The Community as a Classroom
The Fifth Wall is the educational experience that extends into a student's community allowing them to pull from their local expertise to tackle issues related to poverty. Students dive deep into leadership and community development coursework throughout the year. In the first year of secondary school are taught how to conduct needs assessments, create household surveys, and map out their communities using SWOT techniques. The following year students begin learning how to draft a project proposal and establish SMART objectives for the selected need they want to address. The final year students dive into monitoring and evaluation of their projects to track outcomes and develop impact indicators.
Throughout the school year, students tackle such issues as lack of access to clean water, adult illiteracy, elderly malnutrition, insect-borne illnesses, environmental degradation, and more. By engaging directly as the protagonists in the fight against the symptoms of poverty, students become more well-rounded and blossom into agents of change, often developing into the most proactive residents of their community.