La Bastilla Educational Programme

La Bastilla Educational Programme began in 2005 as part of La Bastilla Coffee Estates Corporate Social Responsibility programme. In the first phase a primary school and regular secondary school was built to provide an education to the children of the Las Colinas community and the children of workers of the coffee estate. At the beginning of 2008 the Fundación de Educación y Emprendedurismo Rural (FEER - the Foundation for Rural Education and Entrepreneurship) was created, to manage the educational programme. Inspired by the innovative and successful self-sufficient educational philosophy developed by the Fundación Paraguaya and Teach A Man To Fish, FEER launched a technical school to complement the primary and regular secondary school with the overall objective of promoting “a high quality self-sufficient basic and technical education, the creation of entrepreneurial values and capacities, in addition to the creation of employment and business opportunities for new generations”.

Components of La Bastilla Educational Programme

  1. Pre-school Education – introducing children to the school world and helping them to socialise in a sound, healthy environment
  2. Primary School Education – planting the seeds of general education and offering the basic tools an individual will need to carry on learning
  3. Secondary Education – preparing students for quality higher education
  4. Technical Agricultural Education – preparing students for the agricultural labour market
  5. Adult Education – promoting continuous education throughout one’s life and especially for those with the will and desire to advance.

Self-Sufficient Primary-Regular Secondary School and Community Capacity Building Programme

Established in 2005, the school educates 210 children from pre-school through to Third Year of Secondary. With the financial support of the Jacobs Foundation, an organisation dedicated to promoting productive youth development, a School and Community Capacity Building programme was launched at the end of 2009. This multi-faceted programme, which is intended to be self-sufficient by 2012, involves: