Green Schools

Training the next generation of farmers to think like naturalists

The Problem

It’s not easy being a farmer. It’s not easy working from 5am to 5pm on the field, rain or shine. On top of that, the global demand for coffee, cocoa, and avocado products is changing towards organic supply. Consumers want organic and sustainable products, and farmers can either rise or fail to keep up. As a result, fluctuating economies often run farmers into crippling debt which passes down to their children and grandchildren. The youth are left wondering as they migrate to cities, is that all worth it?

Youth migration has backed farmers into a corner.

They are told that only big cities can offer health care, schools, and other social structures that are not only desirable but necessary to make a living. At the core of these issues is a lack of quality education. Good education is the number one social structure that builds, empowers, and sustains communities for years to come. Many farming communities have little access to schools and are left ill-prepared for the environmental and socioeconomic issues that affect them.

Our Solution

A school to educate farming communities and train the next generation of climate resilient farmers

Young people and their communities are hungry to learn and we are here to feed them. They want the technical skills to prepare them for the job at hand: cultivating coffee, avocados, and cocoa. Our solution is to build Green Schools for farming communities that are energy-efficient, powered by Mother Nature, and forged from the surrounding landscape. Here we will provide a technical education that is accessible and sensitive to social needs. With this in mind, we will not require academic materials. Instead, we will co-create a curriculum based on the unique landscapes and territories of the Pantropics.

Empowering communities

We believe that education is a right, not a privilege. At a Green School, farmers and community members both young and elderly will be trained to think and act sustainably.

Powered by Mother Nature

In both structure and function by design, Green Schools blend seamlessly into the surrounding landscape. Our schools will maximize the landscape and are made from natural materials such as bamboo, hay, and soil. They will utilize green technology such as solar arrays, water harvesting, and wetland construction. Made out of bamboo, each building will boast energy savings of up to 60% while reducing carbon emissions by up to 80%. At a Green School we practice what we preach, teaching farmers the value of saving energy while growing self-sufficient and energy-independent.

Safety is our number one priority. We know that Pantropical lands are prone to long droughts, flashfloods, and rising sea levels. But Green Schools are designed to be tough. Our buildings can even withstand the onslaught of Andean earthquakes, tropical downpours, and drought.

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info@ecotropics.org

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