Maria Carmen Schulze
Fellow Since 1999
Espacio Cultural Creativo
This profile was prepared when Maria Carmen Schulze was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 1999.
The New Idea
María Carmen improves the state of education in Bolivia through a comprehensive and integrated model that changes the philosophy of the classroom and advocates for new, more open public policies. She teaches educators to use techniques and tools that foster creative thinking in students, combat the high dropout rates, and, ultimately, inspire children to grow into engaged, productive adults. Her organization trains public school teachers and community educators to use interactive art, games, and activities that promote the broad concept of learning and self-development, beyond specific curricula. She also works with educators to include marginalized youngsters through workshops in public spaces.