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 founder (1985) and CEO of Fundación Paraguaya, a 36-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 agricultural and tourism high schools for the rural poor. I am also co-founder of Teach a Man to Fish, a global network based in London (3000 members-150 countries) that promotes “education that pays for itself” and which is partnering with more than 50 organizations from 27 countries to establish self-sufficient schools, mostly in rural areas.

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

I want to contribute to this community with my knowledge and experience of the self-sustaining agricultural and tourism high schools.

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 their personal and professional skills that will help them to excel in higher education or their future careers.