Client: Fundación Social Alberto Merani

Personal / Commissioned: Commissioned Project

Location: Bogotá Colombia

FIPC Fundación Social Alberto Merani is the oldest and most important foundation in Colombia dedicated to improving the quality of education without subsidies or donations. It has a network of 100 private and official schools that have managed to match the academic results of rich and developed countries.

The Foundation developed the giga-schools with the vision of bringing thousands and thousands of children from the base of the educational pyramid, to the level of students in rich and developed countries and thus fulfill the mission of solving poverty without using subsidies, through education.

Thus, the objective of the foundation between 2020 and 2030 is to provide free and high-quality education to 100,000 Colombian students, without using subsidies, making free giga-schools in 5 to 10 macro-projects of social housing.

In conclusion, giga-schools are educational establishments that manage to rapidly improve the academic quality of their students through pedagogies and places that break down the barriers of traditional education. These infrastructures are installed on land authorized by the municipality, which must be provided with public service networks. In this way, the Foundation builds the school with its own resources and operates by managing the joint properties; at least until the last student to enter earns her degree.

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