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).
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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.