Promising Practice: Fundación Paraguaya’s Self-Sufficient Schools

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Implemented by: Fundación Paraguaya, since 2003
Where: Paraguay
Theme(s): Youth employment; entrepreneurship; rural
Funding: Initially donor-supported. The first school became self-sustaining in 2007.
Status: As of 2017, 3 schools in Paraguay and 45 affiliated schools abroad.
Contact: Mr. Luis Fernando Sanabria

© Fd. Paraguaya

Under the Self-Sufficient Schools model, Fundación Paraguaya not only educates rural and low-income youth, but transforms them into entrepreneurs who can potentially lift themselves and their families out of poverty. In such schools, students learn the skills, knowledge and attitudes to become entrepreneurs and they also apply what they learn in a real-life context, where they produce marketable goods and services. The incomes generated in this way go towards school operating costs, thus enabling the schools to become self-sustaining.

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Further references on Fundación Paraguaya’s Self-Sufficient Schools

Fundación Paraguaya’s website

Online manual on how to replicate FP's model

page date 2017-03-07

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