OUR GOAL is for every secondary school student to contribute to a sustainable development project in their community.
Visionaria for Schools is a comprehensive teacher training and support program for secondary schools the Cusco region of Peru (2017 - current).
The Program includes teaching strategies, mentorship support,and team-based project activities that build students’ socioemotional skills and collaborate with community stakeholders and projects to address local sustainable development challenges.
Fosters entrepreneurial competencies and skills
The same skills that Visionaria Network has pioneered around the world through “Empowered Entrepreneur Training Programs”, and has adapted locally in Peru for adolescents during the Visionaria Leadership Programs from 2013-2017
Meets modern teaching and learning standards
(i.e. those set forth by the Ministry of Education in Peru)
Visionaria programs combine empowerment and leadership themes with design thinking activities that treat young people as perceptive problem solvers, not simply victims of poverty. In marginalized rural school communities (like those in the provinces surrounding Cusco) the Visionaria program has the potential raise the quality and relevance of education, while preparing students to be leaders of their lives and communities for the century ahead.
Visionaria for Schools inspires youth-led insights into persistent problems. Students learn about sustainable development and identify the problems that they are most motivated to solve, like river pollution, human trafficking, unhealthy cooking practices, teenage pregnancy, or any other issue they see. They map and begin to interact with stakeholders related to the problem, and we introduce solutions to the same or similar problems being promoted both near and far. This new knowledge combines with personal experience to generate new insights for local leaders and anyone else who shares their vision and motivation to achieve sustainable development locally.
Youth insights and the "Visionaria Spirit" ripples to other student groups and leaders through Visionaria Network's growing number of partner schools, municipalities, companies, and non-governmental organizations around the world.