What is La Fontaine School?
La Fontaine School arises in 2015 due to problems in education in Comuna 20 of Cali. Most of the schools were of low quality and received too many children and youth and were not able to
prepare them for an optimal future. Most of these children and youth reach adulthood with lacks in knowledge which make them less competitive regarding university and the job market, their
self-esteem drops and many end up postponing their life project and falling into organized crime, delinquency etc.
In Colombia, quality education would mean learning learning other languages, sports, arts, having up-to-date curriculums, amongst other things. However, families in Siloé do not have the
financial resources to give their students quality education. Through La Fontaine School, the gap of knowledge and opportunities is shortened with a proposal of education with an emphasis in
bilingualism and the development of skills for the XXIst century (STEM; science, technology, engineering, arts, mathematics) with personalized classes, pedagogical outings, use of technology and all the characteristics of a high-quality school.
What impact does La Fontaine School have?
Lilibeydy Manrique and brother Adarley have created this project with the aim of strengthening quality education in strata 1 and 2 and the school has generated impact in over 90 boys and girls
in Comuna 20, generating a positive impact on boys, girls and the community in general which is satisfied with the achievements of the school in the sector.
How has RECON supported La Fontaine School?
It was the winner of the RECON contest of 2017-18, in the category of Education. It received $5.000.000 as seed capital and two training programs: the first was in Value Transformation with
the Dalai Lama Centre from MIT, and the second was for the strengthening of the social business model, training given by Impact Hub, Athena and RECON.
The seed capital was invested in the purchase of computers and the creation of a “Maker space” in the school which will help in the process of learning of over 90 boys and girls. Thanks to
RECON Universidad Autónoma de Occidente donated computing equipment to provide space and will develop Fab Lab.
Furthermore, it has been seen in the RECON platform and some news outlets such as El Tiempo, El País amongst others.