Fellow Since 2006
Serviço de Tecnologia Alternativa - Serta
This profile was prepared when Abdalaziz Moura was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2006.
The New Idea
Starting in the northeastern state of Pernambuco, Moura is introducing an approach to education that links classroom work with rural development needs. Working closely with the public school system, he helps teachers, students, and families of students explore new ways to develop their community, increase agricultural yield, and seize opportunities for development through the adoption of appropriate technology and improved planning. Students learn to see their role as changemakers in the community and are supported in bringing creative ideas for development to the classroom for review and incorporation into their formal education, then back out to the farms for implementation. To advance research and encourage experimentation, Moura’s team has secured a demonstration space of 3,000 square meters, which they use to guide students and communities in exploring integrated technology, organic farming, and the principles that undergird sound permaculture.