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Changing the Educational Paradigm in El Salvador

Today’s education has a great challenge in keeping up with changing paradigms happening at high speed on a global scale. Are schools and universities preparing students to perform well in everyday life? Can learning based on memorization and passive information reception have a long-term impact in individuals? Do children and adolescents actually enjoy education or do they just study to obtain a certificate to increase the prospect of a better job? A few days ago I was invited to Perquín, a small town in the north of the province of Morazán, in eastern El Salvador. There I visited the Amún Shéa School, founded in 2008. Amún Shéa is breaking with the scheme of traditional learning and offers an alternative that empowers natural ability and personal interests of its students. The name of the school means “land of seedlings” in the Lencan language, early inhabitants of the region. The students themselves showed me around the school, while explaining what it was all about. Amún Shéa works with problem based learning. The students, starting in the first …