Martin Burt

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Name: Martin Burt
Organization: Fundación Parguaya
Website: http://www.fundacionparaguaya.org.py
Title: Executive Director

Challenge Entries

FP’s “traffic light” tool gives MFIs & underserved clients the info they need to go beyond “financial inclusion” and eliminate poverty.

A “good” education is considered one of the best routes out of poverty, but for poor youth in developing countries, education is neither good, nor generally available. There are not enough schools, and existing schools tend to be under-funded, poorly equipped and staffed with poorly trained teachers. There is a serious mismatch between the education students receive and the skills they actually need to earn a decent living. We are changing this paradigm!

Une éducation de qualité est considérée comme l’une des meilleures façons de sortir de la pauvreté. Pourtant, les jeunes issus des populations démunies des pays en développement profitent rarement d'une bonne éducation, si tant est qu'ils aient accès à une éducation tout court.

Uma "boa" educação é considerada uma das melhores rotas para sair da pobreza, mas para os jovens pobres nos países em desenvolvimento, a educação não é boa e, geralmente, não está disponível. Há uma séria incompatibilidade entre a educação que os estudantes recebem e as habilidades que eles realmente precisam para ter uma vida decente.

Una "buena" educación es considerada uno de los mejores caminos para salir de la pobreza, pero para los jóvenes pobres en los países en desarrollo, la educación no es ni buena, ni se encuentra muy disponible. No hay suficientes escuelas, y las escuelas existentes tienden a no contar con la financiación necesaria. Están mal equipadas y con maestros mal capacitados. Existe un grave desequilibrio entre la educación que los estudiantes reciben y las habilidades que realmente se necesitan para ganarse la vida dignamente.

A “good” education is considered one of the best routes out of poverty, but for poor youth in developing countries, education is neither good, nor generally available. There are not enough schools, and existing schools tend to be under-funded, poorly equipped and staffed with poorly trained teachers. There is a serious mismatch between the education students receive and the skills they actually need to earn a decent living. We are changing this paradigm!

The Financially Self-Sufficient School model, developed at the San Francisco Agricultural School in Paraguay, offers a high-quality service (technical/entrepreneurial education enabling graduates to obtain/create decent jobs) to an underserved population (chronically poor youth) at an affordable price (virtually free), providing poor youth with the skills/knowledge to overcome poverty.