34 brand-new rural entrepreneurs graduate from Belén Agricultural School
The Belén Agricultural School dressed up for the graduation ceremony of its 34 new rural entrepreneurs, class of 2019. The 27 men and 7 women who graduated were mostly from the departments of Concepción, San Pedro and Amambay and were accompanied during the ceremony by their parents and relatives, as well as by the executive director of the Fundación Paraguaya, Martín Burt, and the general manager, Luis Fernando Sanabria, among other representatives of the organization.
In order to obtain the diplomas of Agricultural Promoters, in addition to the certification of training in Hospitality and Tourism, the young people presented a business plan as their final work, receiving a credit line from the Fundación Paraguaya to boost their ventures.
During their entire stay at the School (2 years), the students spent one week in class and another one in the field, learning about the different productive units in order to graduate with the necessary tools to start a business, work in the field with their families, or keep studying. Professional teachers in different areas accompanied them at all times.
The self-sustaining educational model governs the Belén Agricultural School in a boarding school system, under the motto of “Learning by doing, selling and earning”. This educational model that is also being implemented by the Cerrito Agricultural School, has already been awarded internationally, and replicated in several countries around the world.
“The Belén Agricultural School has graduated 34 rural entrepreneurs in Concepción, this is the alternative to the EPP,” said Luis Fernando Sanabria during the graduation ceremony.