Fundación Mar Adentro supported the construction of the School of Arts and Crafts, a project that is part of the Agroecological School of Pirque of Fundación Origen and continues to support its implementation in order to greaten the probability of employment and entrepreneurship for their young graduates.

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The Agroecological School of Pirque (ASP) was created in 1991 by Mary Anne Müller to provide an inclusive education to socially and educationally vulnerable teenagers ages 14-18. The ASP’s model has two pillars: Education for peace and sustainable education, with an agroecological training that allows students to graduate with a high school degree and a technical degree in sustainable agriculture.

In order to raise employment rates and promote entrepreneurship for young graduates, a new school was built within the ASP’s premises, one dedicated to the Arts and Crafts. The school trains students from the ASP as well as students from the surrounding community. This new school has two ranch-style houses, one for the School of Ceramics and another for the School of Crafts.

Through a “learning by doing” method, the students receive training and become proficient in eco-construction, installation, and maintenance of solar panels, irrigation, plumbing, basic electrical installations, organic farming, organic food processing, and ceramic making. They are also trained in the areas of entrepreneurship, financial education, initiation of commercial activities, and marketing.

Inside of one of the ranch-style houses during its construction process.

The training provided by the School of Arts and Crafts serves to:


In our mission to support children and young people to access a comprehensive education, focused on reflection and care for the environment, we are supporting Fundación Origen in the construction of a School of Arts and Crafts, a project that is part of the Escuela Agroecológica de Pirque – EAP (Agroecological School of Pirque) belonging to Fundación Origen, a non-profit organization headed by Mary Anne Müller.

The Escuela Agroecológica de Pirque was created in 1991 by Mary Anne Müller to deliver an inclusive education to teenagers between 14 and 18 years old who are vulnerable and have been excluded from other schools. The EAP’s model has two pillars: education for peace and sustainable education, with an agroecological training that allows students to graduate with complete high school studies and a technical degree in sustainable agriculture.

In order to expand the employability possibilities of the young graduates and promote their entrepreneurship, a new school is being built within the EAP’s premises, dedicated to developing Arts and Crafts, which will train students from the EAP and external students. This new school will have two houses: one for the School of Ceramics and the other one for the School of Crafts. This new school will have two houses: one for the School of Ceramics and the other one for the School of Crafts.

Through a “learning by doing” method, the students will receive training in:

Eco construction, installation and maintenance of solar panels, irrigation, plumbing, basic electrical installation, organic farming, organic food processing and ceramics. They will also be trained in the areas of entrepreneurship, financial education, initiation activities and marketing.

The training provided by the School of Arts and Crafts seeks to:

  • Strengthen the employability of the young people through skills training;
  • Train future entrepreneurs to improve their current quality of life and to gain income to continue their higher studies;
  • Offer ceramic workshops rescuing traditional techniques in order to create opportunities for young people with artistic talents;
  • Provide opportunities for inclusion and equity to young people and adults with learning difficulties.
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