This week we spent most of the time writing our research, but we had the opportunity to be for a day volunteer in an alternative Primary School.

Flor de Montaña Educational Community is 6 km far from Samaipata Town, in a 7-hectare land in which the kids develop ecological production, one of the children’s main learning means.

Through morning meditations, a harmonization circles, sharing lunch, singing and dancing, children little by little become aware of the other beings and how important living in community and helping each other are.

The educational system that they are trying to apply is to walk with the students through their search of knowledge, encouraging their artistic development and ecological sensibility.

Flor de Montaña” Educational Community started three years ago with the objective of establishing an alternative school in Samaipata, that can offer children and youth a wholesome education for them to be free and smart, and to blossom generously in love and goodwill.

It seeks a genuine education based on the full understanding of one-self, of the relationship with other people and with the environment from a deeper and ecological point of view; 26 students attend the school. Since the project doesn’t get any financial support from the government, it is only sustainable thanks to the parents’ contributions and those from few people that became interested in helping out.

The decision of creating an alternative school was a response to the low quality of education in this little town called Samaipata. Here, out of 120 students that graduate from high school, less than 4% pass the college entrance exam, and the majority move to the city as cheap workforce.

The project is focused on the entire community of Samaipata, in particular on children and youth. Hopefully, it will be repeated in other communities and have an influence in neighbor schools and places. It also has the goal of showing parents who aren’t very comfortable with the current educational system, that they can be active participants in a change process and they can make a better school that is thought for the needs of that particular context.

Irene