Posted on November 10, 2008 by blogando
Great news – Teach A Man To Fish, a school in Paraguay, has reached the finals of BBC World Challenge ’08!
This is an unprecedented chance for us to raise the profile of Escuela Agricola’s Self-Sufficient School model, and take it to new countries – but they need your help!
1. Vote for Esceula Agricola (the Agricultural School) – Two clicks is all it takes!
Please vote now at http://www.theworldchallenge.co.uk/html/project08_sufficient.html
2. Forward this information to your friends, family and colleagues – and give them a chance to do something great today too!
What’s so special about this school?
The first amazing thing about the school is that it transforms children from poor farming families into skilled rural entrepreneurs by giving them first-hand business experience alongside their regular academic classes.
The second amazing thing is that it pays for itself entirely from money generated by the school-run businesses which provide this experience.
This means it doesn’t rely on charging tuition fees, scarce government support, or hunting donations – all of which make getting an education hard for children from poor families.
Every town in every poor country across the world could have a school like this.
PS Voting closes on November 21st, so please don’t delay – and vote now
Teach A Man To Fish
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Posted on October 23, 2008 by blogando
Recently, the Escuela Agricola San Francisco in Paraguay was named a finalist for the British Broadcasting Company’s (BBC) World Challenge 2008. The World Challenge ’08 is “is a global competition aimed at finding projects or small businesses from around the world that have shown enterprise and innovation at a grass roots level. World Challenge ’08 is brought to you by BBC World News and Newsweek, in association with Shell, and is about championing and rewarding projects and business which really make a difference. Escuela Agricola San Francisco is owned and operated by the Fundación Paraguaya whose Director is Dr. Martin Burt, former Mayor of the City of Asunción, Paraguay.KPP Board Member Dr. Bob Klemm visited the school in 2003 as President of the Kansas-Paraguay Partners of the Americas. Dr. Melissa Birch, Former Chair of the KPP International Trade Committee and Director of the University of Kansas, Center for International Business Education and Research visited it in June of 2008. According to Bob, The Escuela Agricola “… is an outstanding school…students have their own compost piles and garden plot, all fertilizers and insecticides are made on site, they run their own store and every faculty member of the school is REQUIRED to have a garden plot that mirrors the “green” protocol used at the school. Students once graduated get a one-time stipend to establish a farm crop in their own city for their own profit and to provide quality food for the citizens. At the time of my visit, the school was one of only TWO Agricultural Schools worldwide that was completely self-sustaining……”. Dr. Birch commented “I visited the school in June. It is incredible…” she added that “The school makes the BEST dulce de leche ever!!”
Dr. Burt asked us to read all the information and if we approve, he would appreciate a vote for Escuela Agricola for the $20,000.00 award. . In any case, it’s important to read of the recognition of a very high level of excellence in Paraguay. Voting deadline is November 21, 2008.
Learn more about this breakthrough conservation initiative in Paraguay at: http://www.theworldchallenge.co.uk/html/project08_sufficient.html
For more information on the Fundación Paraguayan go to:
For more about Escuela Agricola go to
click on About Us and then go to Background.
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