Gilda Henríquez Darlas

Ashoka Fellow
Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico
Fellow Since 2008


This profile was prepared when Gilda Henríquez Darlas was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2008.
The New Idea
Years of work in artificial intelligence and travel throughout the Far East and South Asia led Gilda to wonder how formal education facilitates human beings to develop the ability to empathize and make ethical decisions with wisdom. After extensive graduate study and personal encounters with monks and philosophers in Nepal, India, and Hong Kong, Gilda created an educational platform that aims to instill empathy, compassion, and reflective thinking in young children. Gilda’s platform, known as Universal Education, builds children’s social and emotional skills in the classroom and complements this by also working with teachers and parents. This innovative system enables children to make their own ethical decisions, rather than teach, transfer or inculcate a specific set of values.
The Problem
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The Person

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