Ashoka Fellow
Fellow Since 2011
This description of Gabriel Bran Lopez's work was prepared when Gabriel Bran Lopez was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2011.
Gaps in the education system, such as shortages of teachers and resources, exacerbate already high rates of school absenteeism and dropping out. This is especially true in many First Nations and urban underserved communities. Gabriel Bran Lopez is recentering the education system around students and co-creating engaging programs with local university students. He is doing so by giving voice to students in planning their classes. Gabriel also alters the existing infrastructure and education system to change the way teachers, administrators, parents, and students see themselves, leading to an empowered generation of leaders and future professionals.
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