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Paraguayan Origins 

The history of Teach A Man To Fish is closely connected with Fundación Paraguaya - our sister organisation based in Paraguay. The common agenda of Teach A Man To Fish and Fundación Paraguaya is to combat poverty through high quality, sustainable education which enables young people to reach their full potential in life. 

Fundación Paraguaya is a non-profit social enterprise, which develops innovative solutions to poverty and unemployment in Paraguay. It was the Fundación Paraguaya that established the first Financially Sustainable School in Latin America at their San Francisco High School in Paraguay. 

Teach A Man To Fish is the international arm of the Fundación Paraguaya - set up to spread the School Business Model of entrepreneurial, high quality, relevant education to schools all over the world. 

To find out more about the remarkable flagship school in Paraguay, please click here.


Our history in a nutshell

Teach A Man To Fish was born out of a drive to share the pioneering work of the Fundación Paraguaya with educators and social entrepreneurs around the world.

Founded by Nik Kafka and a dedicated group of individuals passionate about the role of education in poverty reduction, Teach A Man To Fish was registered in London in January 2006. 

2006

  • International Teach A Man To Fish Members’ Network established as a channel for information sharing about our innovative educational approach
  • Through the Network, links with a large number of local NGOs in developing countries were established
  • First ‘Schools for Rural Entrepreneurs’ competition launched to identify innovative small scale projects using elements of our approach – 11 projects across four continents receive funding

2007

  • Over 15 partner organizations internationally took their first steps towards replication of the Financially Sustainable School model: from worm-composting to snail farming, from Armenia to Zimbabwe
  • Teach A Man To Fish and Fundación Paraguaya launched the “50 Schools in 10 Years” commitment to the Clinton Global Initiative
  • First ‘Education That Pays For Itself’ International Conference took place on December 2007 in Paraguay
  • First Pan-African Awards for Entrepreneurship in Education were launched

2008

  • Teach A Man To Fish received funding approval for its first direct replication of the Financially Sustainable School model in Bolivia
  • Teach A Man To Fish provided Technical Assistance for Financially Sustainable School initiatives in Vietnam and Nicaragua
  • Flagship school in Paraguay won second place in World Challenge 2008, a competition organized by BBC World, Shell & Newsweek

2009

  • Five new school projects in Kenya, Uganda, Bolivia, Nicaragua and Paraguay launched
  • Teach A Man To Fish provided Technical Assistance for Financially Sustainable School initiatives in Brazil and Uganda
  • Nik Kafka, Managing Director of Teach A Man To Fish, was honoured as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum

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