A portrait of Samantha, one of the students being interviewed for the Students of the World documentary. (Photo: L. Moskowitz)
A loom from one of the businesses Fundacion Paraguaya provided with a microfinance loan. The business weaves beautifully colored hammocks and blankets. (Photo: L. Moskowitz)
Since it was a beautiful day, students were allowed to do their classwork outside. (Photo: L. Moskowitz)
Two students planting seedlings in a freshly turned garden. The school is completely organic, and doesn't use any pesticides on its crops or gardens. (Photo: L. Moskowitz)
Two students fishing with a large net in the school's pond. Half of the day students are in the classroom, and half the day they spending working on various parts of the farm, depending on their year and interests. (Photo: L. Moskowitz)
Fiorella, a student at the San Francisco Agriculture School, takes a break from using her machete to eat a snack. Many of the students spent time cutting away thick vegetation to make room for more crops. (Photo: L. Moskowitz)
One of the hands-on activities students can participate in is carpentry. Here, students are using a table saw to cut a wooden plank. (Photo: L. Moskowitz)
Two students check eggs for cracks before placing them in cartons. The school's goal is to become completely self-sufficient, so the eggs are both used by the school's cafeteria and sold to local grocery stores. (Photo: L. Moskowitz)
A wide-angle shot of the chicken coop at the San Francisco Agriculture School. (Photo: L. Moskowitz)
A student shows us bees from one of the hives at the San Francisco Agriculture School. At the self-sustainable organic farm school, some of the students learn how to raise bees and harvest their honey. (Photo: L. Moskowitz)
Development + Recovery
Fundación Paraguaya promotes entrepreneurship among rural populations and young women, enabling people with limited resources to create jobs and increase family income. Through Fundación Paraguaya’s Education That Pays for Itself curriculum, students work with professors to create educational projects that also generate income. Students learn by doing, and are able to support their families and themselves through their coursework.
Entrepreneur graduates of the program are equipped with knowledge, a business plan, and a loan. Fundación Paraguaya scaled and replicated, reaching 50 countries through the Teach a Man to Fish Program.
SOW partnered with Fundación Paraguaya to document their unique model for curriculum, and their commitment to the Clinton Global Initiative to expand the model.
Produced by Students of the World, UT Team, 2008.