Bolivia

We have been working in Bolivia since 1984. Our main focus is to support indigenous peoples’ organisations in becoming strong democratic players and skilled administrators of the indigenous peoples’ territories. Through our partners, we help impoverished children receive a good education in a language they understand and with content that values their culture. Moreover, we work towards moderating the effects of climate change and the destruction caused by the mining industry.

Selected results

In 2015 models for intercultural bilingual education were tested in selected schools with good results, as 1,499 teachers were taught and trained to use the models, and 80 percent of the teachers subsequently used them in the classrooms. Accordingly, the Ministry of Education decided to turn these schools into models for the implementation of the Education Act.

 

462 mature and young women completed a professional course in either gastronomy or children’s clothes production. In addition to acquiring vocational skills, the women were trained in running their own businesses. 20 small firms dedicated to catering and 20 to production and sales of children’s clothes were set up in 2015. The women’s income rose by about 30 percent.

 

In five towns, local youth networks were strengthened in 2015. Young people met in community centres, enabling them to join in cultural activities, debates and workshops on young people’s rights, on how to influence authorities, and how to raise funds. Among the teaching subjects were Facebook and YouTube.