FUVIA-Fundacion Unidad Virtual Iberoamericana

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FUVIA-Fundacion Unidad Virtual Iberoamericana

Ecuador
Project Stage:
Scaling
Budget: 
$1,000 - $10,000
Project Summary
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Through an internet-based education system, Mónica Vásconez enables students with difficulty accessing mainstream education to receive their high school diplomas and develop appropriate working skills.

About Project

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Mónica's internet-based education system accommodates impoverished students, indigenous groups distant from schools, working adults, institutionalized young people, emigrants outside Ecuador, and other vulnerable groups at-risk of dropping out of school. While she uses a standard curriculum approved by the Ministry of Education, she tailors her virtual courses to be appropriate for each context. She ensures that students who complete her program are computer literate and have developed a set of specialized skills, for example through a sustainable tourism program, that are particularly relevant to the working needs of her target population. Mónica partners with citizen organizations (COs), businesses, and government to choose her target population and ensure that students have computer and internet access to her virtual school. UNESCO is one such supporter providing financing, introducing Mónica to new partners outside Ecuador, and serving as a watchdog group to ensure program quality.