Financially Self-Sufficient Schools
Summary: A financially self-sufficient network of secondary schools which give low-income students the opportunity to receive a quality education while learning practical agricultural and business skills through operating real microenterprises on campus. --- Fundación Paraguaya began as a microfinance institution and later extended its services to include entrepreneurial and business education for youth and low-income women. In 2002, Fundación Paraguaya applied this knowledge to transform a failing private school into what would become the model for its Financially Self-Sufficient Schools network- the San Francisco Agricultural School. Later Fundación Paraguaya extended this model to three other schools in Paraguay and more recently, e...
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Description of Scale and Reach
In 2002, Fundación Paraguaya took over the San Francisco Agricultural School which became the model for the Financially Self-Sufficient Schools network. Fundación Paraguaya then established the Mbaracayú Educational Center in 2009, an all-girls school in the Mbaracayú Forest Reserve, and the Belén Agricultural School, which trains out-of-school children in agriculture and rural tourism. With the support of the Nestlé Foundation, Fundación Paraguaya is now developing an additional school for low-income, out-of-school children in the Department of San Pedro, one of Paraguay’s poorest rural areas, which will be completed in July 2013. In order to further disseminate the the model, Fundación Paraguaya created a separate NGO based in the UK- Teach A Man To Fish, which has helped to build a network of over 3000 institutions and people that are interested in the Financially Self-Sufficient Schools network. There are now 18 schools in Latin America and Africa that are adopting the model, and many more that are in the early stages of preparing a school business plan and/or establishing on-campus microenterprises run by students and teachers. In 2011, with financial backing from MasterCard, Fundación Paraguay established an office in Tanzania to implement the Financially Self-Sufficient Schools model in 5 Tanzanian schools and a "Business Club" program in 20 public secondary schools. Other dissemination efforts include the launching of an e-learning, 1-year course to provide technical training and guidance to potential and current implementers of the Self-Sufficient Schools model with participants from Paraguay, Argentina, Bolivia, Nicaragua, Honduras, Colombia and Haiti. Fundación Paraguaya has also enrolled international students from Haiti and other countries at their model school, in hopes of spreading the model to new countries.
Paraguay, Vietnam, Uganda, Tanzania, South Africa, Pakistan, Nigeria, Nicaragua, Mali, Malawi, Kenya, Honduras, Guinea, El Salvador, Ecuador, Colombia, Cambodia, Brazil, Bolivia, Argentina, Afghanistan