Fundacion Paraguaya

To develop and implement practical, innovative and sustainable solutions which eliminate poverty and create decent living conditions for every family.
May 17, 2016

Empowering youth through inspiring education

San Pedro Agricultural School, San Pedro, PY
San Pedro Agricultural School, San Pedro, PY

Paraguay is full of young people of untapped potential to achieve great things, innovators and entrepreneurs with all the capacity already inside, just waiting for the right combination of tools to help them realize that potential and release it.  The Financially Self-Sustainable School model looks to provide quality education at low cost to these young people from chronically poor rural areas (including socially marginalized groups such as indigenous youth, pregnant girls/teenage mothers) by offering a market-based curriculum of higher educational quality with better employment outcomes for its students.  The model adopts a two-pillar framework of education, academic and practical, with the aim of fostering foundational academic understanding, developing marketable professional skills, and inspiring a lifelong spirit of entrepreneurship, self-reliance, and civic engagement in a rural context.  Students realize their social opportunity through education that goes above and beyond the traditional curriculum to include classes in networking, leadership, organizational behavior, marketing, and financial literacy to better prepare them for their futures. The “learning by doing” approach not only ensures the model’s self-sufficiency, but also requires that the curriculum changes based on market tendencies, further developing the entrepreneurial spirit of the model and the students.  The competencies developed empower vulnerable students to broaden their perception of possibility and improve their quality of life.  The school model is nothing short of a paradigm shift; it’s about changing the approach to alleviating rural poverty by providing innovative educational opportunities.  Living, working, and learning  in these environments, students experience—often for the first time—the satisfaction of being able to provide for themselves and learning about their own potential, thus unleashing the great untapped potential in poor rural youth and transforming it into opportunity.

The Financially Self-Sustainable School model has 50 replications world-wide providing students from poor, rural areas with academic, vocational, and entrepreneurial education. With an emphasis on “learning by doing, selling, and making a profit,” students spend half their time in the classroom receiving traditional instruction, and half their time “learning by doing,” being trained and mentored as they run various school businesses. Because the students run and operate the schools as part of their business skills education, the schools are financially self-sustainable, requiring no additional funding from the government or donor funds, cutting the cost of attendance and removing a common barrier to entry to receiving quality education.  Fundación Paraguaya operates 3 schools in Paraguay that have adapted the model: one in Cerrito called San Francisco, one in San Pedro, and one in Belen, each one dealing with specific intricacies of regional and cultural contexts that help mold both the model and it’s students to their maximum potential.  With your assistance, these three schools, and their future replicas, can continue the excellent work they do, and we will continue to share the inspiring stories of our students with you.  Stay tuned!

Apr 30, 2016

Graduates receive recognition from US embassy

Palmira represented at the US Embassy
Palmira represented at the US Embassy

Three graduates of the Educational Center Mbaracayú were honored by the U.S. Embassy in Paraguay, in MUJERES PARA EL CAMBIO #‎SheRocks. In commemoration of the Paraguayan Women’s Day and in the framework of the International Women's Day, the American embassy in Paraguay has awarded recognitions to women who have, from their positions, broken barriers and managed to excel through social projects, innovative ideas and community development. The graduates are Palmira, Neida and Numila.

Palmira, one of the youth recognized by the U.S. Ambassador in Paraguay, Leslie A. Bassett, in the framework of the campaign "Mujeres para el Cambio" 2016, also formed a part of the campaign driven by the Embassy, called #SheRocks. They had chosen a photo of Palmira for one of their posters that are displayed alongside the Kubitscheck avenue, next to the Embassy; enormous murals with a message written by Palmira, among other girls who were selected, dedicated to them and other women who broke barriers and have shown us, with their experiences, that every sacrifice has its reward. 

Apr 30, 2016

Winners of Contest speak about travels on radio

CEM Students speak on the radio
CEM Students speak on the radio

Third grade students traveled to Asunción to participate in the launching of the Poverty Stoplight Olympics 2016, where they shared their experiences as the winners of the previous year. They also participated on the Fundación Paraguaya radio program on Radio Ñandutí, invited for being the winners of the Poverty Stoplight Olympics of 2015, to tell about their experiences lived during the trip to Camboriu, Brazil. They also discussed about how the Education Center Mbaracayú operates and the activities that are taken place at the school.  The students were extremely excited to travel, as for most of them it was the first time leaving the country, and the first time they have seen the ocean.


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