Martin Burt and Fundación Paraguaya Win Nestle PrizeNovember 15, 2012 by Sally Farhat Kassab
Congratulations to Fundación Paraguaya de Cooperación y Desarrollo for the 2012 Nestlé CSV Prize! They won for their “self-sufficient agricultural school” project, which ensures students receive technical and business training besides their typical academic curriculum.
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The initiative sets up micro-businesses based on the school premises that teach teenagers the skills employers need. Each school, together with Fundación Paraguaya, creates a teaching and production business plan to define which small enterprises it will set up. These micro-businesses range from agricultural technical assistance, milk production, farming, organic gardening, hotel services, bee keeping and chicken egg production.
Teachers also help the students to develop skills to run their own businesses. Money generated from the enterprises enables the schools to be self-sufficient and cover their operating costs – such as salaries, administration and school maintenance – without the need for government funding.
The project has already reached more than 500 students in Paraguay. It was first established in 2003 at the Escuela Agrícola San Francisco. The school has been financially self-sufficient for more than five years. Two other schools in the country are implementing the programme. The Nestlé CSV Prize funding will help to scale up the project with the funds being used to recreate the winning model in the Paraguayan city of San Pedro.