Team work is fundamental for a community
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:
- Raise student-employment rates through professional training in various fields of work.
- Cultivate future entrepreneurs, with the hopes of improving student’s quality of life and finance higher education.
- Grant opportunities to young adults with artistic talents. Provide workshops in traditional ceramic-making techniques.
- Provide inclusive and equitable opportunities for young adults with learning difficulties.