Martin Burt

Martin Burt

Asunción, Paraguay

I am a fierce advocate of "learning by doing" education. At Fundacion Paraguaya, our Self-Sustaining School Program transforms youth into productive rural entrepreneurs. The model is intended for schools that want to attain financial sustainability and be independent of government subsidies.

I am the founder and CEO of Fundación Paraguaya, a 37-year old social enterprise devoted to the promotion of entrepreneurship and economic empowerment to eliminate poverty around the world. I am a pioneer in applying pro-poor microfinance, microfranchise, youth entrepreneurship, financial literacy, and technical vocational methodologies to address chronic poverty around the world. I developed one of the world’s first financially self-sustaining high schools, where students learn practical and marketable skills as they help run the school’s commercial, on-campus enterprises. Today, the self-sustaining school model has been replicated in 25 countries worldwide. I am also co-founder of Teach a Man to Fish, a global network based in London that promotes “education that pays for itself” and partners with more than 50 organizations from 27 countries to establish self-sustaining schools, mostly in rural areas. 

Why do you want to be a part of the HundrED Community?

I want to be part of the HundrED Community to learn more about the best and most innovative education practices around the world. Likewise, I want to share my experience with the self-sustaining school model and other innovative education practices that we are in the process of developing, such as the Education Stoplight.

How can education support students to flourish?

Every student deserves to have access to quality education to become a well-rounded citizen. Education supports students to develop personal and professional skills that will help them to succeed in higher education and their future careers.

Three HundrED innovations you love. (and Why?)

Artolution: Their methodology encourages the creative spirit of vulnerable children. Roots of Empathy: It helps children develop soft skills to effectively navigate their environment, work well with others, and achieve their goals. Internet Free Education Resource Bank: It allows children in under-resourced areas to have continued access to education during school closures and emergencies.

Three innovations you would love for HundrED to know about. (and Why?)

The Stoplight Olympics: It seeks to generate new habits and positive behavior changes to eliminate multidimensional poverty. School Enterprise Challenge: Educational communities create profitable & self-manageable enterprises with a social approach. Eco Entrepreneurs: It empowers young people by promoting the green economy, cooperation and the principles of sustainability in their ventures.