"An enriching project for my pupils and for myself"

Maria Irene Ardila Rivera was born and raised in Santander, a region that is dear to her heart. As a teacher, she wants to give her primary school pupils a goal for the future.

"Growing up on a farm was simply amazing. Every morning before I went to school I would help with milking the cows. When I came home, I would take the calves back to the cowshed with my parents. Or I would help with bringing in the dried coffee beans. There was always something to experience!

Together with my family, I lived and worked right in the middle of nature. This had a huge influence on the rest of my life, as I was certain I wanted to become a teacher in the countryside. Today I teach at Florentino Gonzalez primary school. This is my dream job and I have seen many changes in Santander since the ‘Education for the Future’ project started. The technical support and social guidance from the project not only helps young people set up a coffee business. It also gives them a goal in life. And that is extremely important.

Our school has undergone considerable expansion. We received a computer room with 30 computers. This is an amazing tool for young people, and as a teacher I benefit from it too. We followed workshops on psychology, technology and IT together with colleagues. This added a lot of value, and not only for myself. These courses mean I can also provide better support to my pupils. You could say that we have gone through an entire learning process together. Thank you to everyone who made this possible."

Find out more about 'Education for the Future' in Santander.

Collibri Foundation


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