Fundación Cruzada Patagonica (FCP)
Few schools in Argentinian Patagonia offer practical, relevant, and culturally appropriate curricula to address the region’s illiteracy, poverty, and unemployment. Founded in 1979 to promote development in Argentina’s rural and indigenous communities, Fundación Cruzada Patagonica operates two agro-technical schools that use innovative, participatory learning models to provide young people in isolated areas in Patagonia with educational alternatives that align with local realities.
EMpower’s fourth grant to Fundación Cruzada Patagonica supports the continued expansion and refinement of the educational program at their second agro-technical school. This includes setting up new agricultural production areas to teach youth about, and expanding the residence to house girls, enabling more girls from remote areas to get secondary education.. Fundación Cruzada Patagonica will document its institutional learnings via a written educational model to facilitate cross-learning.