Education for Diversity

Education for Diversity

La Paz, BoliviaLa Paz, Bolivia
Organization type: 
nonprofit/ngo/citizen sector
Project Stage:
$50,000 - $100,000
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

Concise Summary: Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

Constructing an education for life and in life

About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

We want to contribute to solving the country's education problem, because it expresses and reproduces- both within public and private schools- power mechanisms that discriminate and oppress, and, therefore, constitutes an inclusive educational practice that is mechanistic, memorized and decontextualized .

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

Implement an innovative educational space based on integrity, diversity and identity; where differences are valued and solidarity, creativity and criticality are practiced. A space where you work in a contextualized and experiential way. In short, an educational space, for life and in life.
Impact: How does it Work

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

There have been a series of trips and research visits to contextualize learning. For example, the community of Moyapampa has served as the backdrop to understand the community organization, the functions and forms of election originating authority, the mechanisms of reciprocity such as the native ayni system, and other ancient customs for managing water and land. Similarly, the mining area of Huanuni, has helped us to understand the historical role of the working class in class struggle and to learn how the proletariat organizes itself. This approach to reality is one that encourages the building of social ties and cultural and political rights of young people within their context.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing the problem outlined here? How does the proposed project differ from these approaches?

The private and public schools, rather than peers or competitors, represent educational spaces which serve as parameters within which we can implement our educational processes.
About You
Fundación Taypi
About You
First Name

Juan José

Last Name

Obando Alvizuri

About Your Organization
Organization Name

Fundación Taypi

Organization Country

, LPZ, La Paz

Country where this project is creating social impact

, LPZ, La Paz

Your role in Education


The type of school(s) your solution is affiliated with


How long has your organization been operating?

More than 5 years

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How long has your solution been in operation?

Operating for more than 5 years

Now that you have thought out your entry, help us pitch it.
Define your company, program, service, or product in 1-2 short sentences [136 characters]

We define ourselves as a "learning community" that is comprised of all who share this cultural, social and natural space.

Identify what is innovative about your solution in 1-2 short sentences [136 characters]

A diversity education for life and in life.

Social Impact
What has been the impact of your solution to date?

During these past years, we have been able to identify changes in how students respond to capacity development processes more than specific results. It is unrealistic to say that students have already achieved this or that skill or ability. However, believe that the following results demonstrate progress. We have developed the following capabilities:
Critical thinking: that is, an attitude and ability to judge people, situations and events with respect, balance and depth.
Openness to diversity: which makes the youth recognize and value different cultural, social, political, generational and genders.
The full exercise of citizenship: to organize, participate, lead assertively and democratically, and cooperate with others in achieving a common goal.
Care: protection and coexistence with the environment.
The management and development of research and studying strategies that promotes autonomy.

What is your projected impact over the next 1-3 years?

In the future, we intend to consolidate an innovative educational proposal capable of generating changes in society that can be shared with any person, institution, or group, and can be replicated or recreated in any context. At the same time, we hope to establish ourselves as a pedagogical leader locally and nationally. The goal would be that the Ministry of Education adopts our pedagogy as a model to replicate in the government owned public schools.

What barriers might hinder the success of your project? How do you plan to overcome them?

Barriers are principally of an economic nature. This is because the tuition system is based on a principle of solidarity. Therefore, each family pays an amount that corresponds to their economic reality. There are even families from Achocalla contributing in kind (milk, vegetables, potatoes) or labor (preparation of food for all students at the school). As a result of the tuition system, families of different social and economic means are guaranteed access to the school, but also, in this effort of solidarity with the poor people, there has been an annual deficit of about 30%. The way to overcome this difficulty is by making the government commit to our project, turning us into a Colegio de Convenio (Partner School).

Winning entries present a strong plan for how they will achieve and track growth. Identify your six-month milestone for growing your impact

Students, teachers and parents count with an innovative educational institution.

Identify three major tasks you will have to complete to reach your six-month milestone
Task 1

Building an innovative educational proposal

Task 2

Implementation of adequate infrastructure

Task 3

Ensuring available teaching resources

Now think bigger! Identify your 12-month impact milestone

Assisting disadvantaged children in developing personal and social skills

Identify three major tasks you will have to complete to reach your 12-month milestone
Task 1

Training of teachers in managing and teaching methodologies.

Task 2

Ongoing training of students in the use of learning strategies and tools.

Task 3

Involving parents in their children's learning.

Founding Story: We want to hear about your "Aha!" moment. Share the story of where and when the founder(s) saw this solution's potential to change the world [125 words]

Born out of the initiative of a small group of parents, the Kurmi Wasi school –an educational project of the Taypi Foundation started operating with 35 students and 4 teachers in February 2005 in Achocalla, La Paz - Bolivia, with the goals to be" inclusive" , to learn in a more contextualized and less abstract environment, and to contribute to reducing inequalities. In short, to be a place where differences are valued and solidarity, creativity and critical thinking are practiced. Moreover, considering that both public and private schools represent spaces where mechanisms that discriminate and oppress take place, and, therefore, can play in the school an education that is out of context and industrial.

Tell us about your partnerships

Basically the project has the support of solidarity friends (individuals). These contribute with direct donations.

What type of team (staff, volunteers, etc.) will ensure that you achieve the growth milestones identified in the Social Impact section? [75 words]

Fundamentally a team of committed teachers that identify themselves with the educational pedagogy.

Please elaborate on any needs or offers you have mentioned above and/or suggest categories of support that aren't specified within the list

Our needs are basically economic, because we do not have funds to build educational spaces such as orchards, greenhouses, and breeding sites, among others.
We believe that our experience can be shared, especially in the educational, participatory and community realms.