The project aims to provide children and youth with linguistic, cultural and vocational competencies enabling them to break out of poverty and engage in social life as active and equal citizens of Bolivia.
The project’s primary target group is children and youth of the indigenous Quechua-people living in villages in four municipalities in the Potosí region, which is one of the poorest regions in the Bolivian highland.
Three main focus areas are designed to facilitate the achievement of the project goal: (1) of quality education; (2) socio-productive agricultural projects, and (3) initiatives to retain young people in education.
The bilingual intra- and intercultural education program to be developed by the project includes early childhood and primary education for children aged 4 to 12 years as well as middle school and high school education for girls and boys aged 13 to 18 years.
The education program aims to provide children and youth with language skills in Quechua and Spanish and intra- and intercultural competences.
Further, the intervention will develop socio-productive agro-projects supporting children, youth and their families in achieving sustainable livelihoods.
Development of socio-productive projects is a crucial part of Bolivia’s Education Law L070 and it aims to make education more contextual and de-academize curriculum to the benefit of more vocational skills of relevance to craft and agriculture.
In addition, the socio-productive projects are meant to improve livelihoods, reduce poverty among the participants and thus counteract youth migration to urban centers.
Climate change in the region calls for the introduction of new crops and/or innovative cultivation methods and agricultural innovation will be at the core of agricultural socio-productive projects.
Education programs for the youth will include vocational guidance and teaching of rights with a particular focus on how girls’ rights are properly revered.
In collaboration with the youth and the local communities, the project aims to run boarding facilities in the larger villages in order to provide youth, especially girls, from the smaller villages with reel opportunities to enroll in high school.
Quality education for children and youth of indigenous Quechua people in the Potosí region
Project title: Quality education for poor children and youth in the Potosi region, Bolivia
Project start-end: 01.01.2020-31.12.2022
Partner: Acción Andina de Educación/AAE
Budget: 2,750,000 DKK
A list of articles in connection with the project. Most articles are written in Danish.