Mónica Vásconez Vaca

Ashoka Fellow
Quito, Pichincha, Ecuador
Fellow Since 2008


This profile was prepared when Mónica Vásconez Vaca was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2008.
The New Idea
Mónica’s internet-based education system accommodates impoverished students, indigenous groups distant from schools, working adults, institutionalized young people, emigrants outside Ecuador, and other vulnerable groups at-risk of dropping out of school. While she uses a standard curriculum approved by the Ministry of Education, she tailors her virtual courses to be appropriate for each context. She ensures that students who complete her program are computer literate and have developed a set of specialized skills, for example through a sustainable tourism program, that are particularly relevant to the working needs of her target population. Mónica partners with citizen organizations (COs), businesses, and government to choose her target population and ensure that students have computer and internet access to her virtual school. UNESCO is one such supporter providing financing, introducing Mónica to new partners outside Ecuador, and serving as a watchdog group to ensure program quality.
The Problem
The Strategy
The Person

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