From the Field

The Educational Changes of 2023

Press clipping. February, 2023 Press clipping. January, 2023 How to understand the curricular changes of 2023 in Bolivia? was one of the questions we asked ourselves at the beginning of this administration. First, we saw it as important to answer this question because it would help to understand the two parties to the conflict, on […]

How do we plan our courses?

  Curriculum Planning Workshop – UA Tarija and ESFM Canasmoro students – August 2023 We are in the last training sessions for students at the Higher School for Teacher Training in the department of Tarija. This year we work with students for the first time and although it has been a new experience it has […]

Distance is always a pretext

Teachers and Director of Miscas Calderas School Nucleus – Urindo District – Department of Tarija Uriondo is a municipality that, despite being close to the capital of the department of Tarija, does not usually have support from non-governmental entities. With regard to education, most of the aid that has come to the municipality is concentrated in the […]

Inclusive Education

  Bolivian Sign Language translator teachers – Superior Teacher Training School “Clara Parada de Pinto” – Trinidad 2023   the last days of July and the beginning of August we started with training workshops aimed at students of the ESFM Teacher Training School “Clara Parada de Pinto” in Trinidad and its Multi-Ethnic Academic Unit “Lorenza […]


The Specialization course in Pedagogical Innovation is a means by which teachers are accompanied to strengthen their capacities. Currently, the educational authorities have assumed this challenge, with the participation of 19 Specialists from the Cusco Regional Education Management(GEREDUC) and 28 Specialists from the various UGELs of the Cusco region who fulfill the role of tutors […]


As a result of the national educational meeting of Peru, many UGEL’s from the different departments of Peru learned about the work we do and contacted us requesting our intervention in their fields of work through alliances or agreements; One of them is the UGEL Antabamba with whom we are currently coordinating to participate in […]

Two Schools in one place

(Teachers UA Gran Chaco and Authorities – Digital Tools Training Workshop – Caiza June, 2023) This year we are working with the Higher School for Teacher Training in the department of Tarija, which is made up of a central office in Canasmoro and two Academic Units also located in rural areas. This month we visited […]

The Journey of the Teachers

(Teachers from the Peru Río Apere community – Mass Training Workshop – Sana Ana 2023) Since the 2022 administration, our training workshops have been face-to-face at the request of the Beni teachers and this year, although we are only working in two educational districts: Guayaramerín and Santa Ana-Exaltación, it was no exception. In June, we […]

National Educational Encounter

This week Alma was invited to Peru’s first national educational meeting. Heads of the Ministry of Education, Regional Governors, Regional Educational Heads, and specialists from the entire country came to Cusco to discuss Peru’s continuing educational emergency in order to share data, obstacles, needs, and offer possible solutions. Alma was invited to represent the latter, […]

Alma in the “NORMAL”

In Bolivia, there is only one way to become a public school teacher: by graduating from the state-run public universities for teachers, collectively known as the “Normal”. This year we began working with both students and professors from the two Normal campuses in Beni and the three in Tarija. Both groups are learning to use […]

Alma Coordinators

I get uncomfortable talking about impacts that can’t be measured objectively. It feels like the old western traveling salesmen who would sell miracle potions – all talk and no proof – except I’m selling social/educational impact instead of magic cures. But in this case, because it’s a blog and not an evaluation, I’ll allow myself […]

Full Circle CEREDUC

I remember years ago, sitting and waiting for hours just to speak with an educational administrator of an isolated province. In fact, I can recall various plastic chairs where I parked myself, intent on getting a meeting with someone who never heard of Alma and at the moment had better things to do. Therefore, it’s […]

Alma staff parents

In both Bolivia and Peru, the school year is starting. This is always a busy time where we finalize plans with state authorities and implement the projects we began planning in December of last year. But one part of the new school year struck me this year: much of our staff, who have been working […]

Peru protests

I remember, years ago, sitting in a small room in Sucre, Bolivia with the heads of the Education Comittee of the Quechua Nation. Bolivia’s constitution considers the country a nation of nations, with each indigenous nation having a certain level of autonomy. Whether this structure is true in practice is a separate debate. The point […]

Teacher feedback

We use a variety of measurements to evaluate the impact of our projects, and I particularly enjoy mining the data to contextualize them. For example, the data from our Peruvian ecourse specialization in Innovative Pedagogy shows that there is no correlation between passing grades and teachers in rural or urban schools, internet connectivity, or time […]


In September I wrote a blog about the Ministries of Education in Peru and Bolivia taking up our Alma teaching methodology and including it in state-run training programs. Recently, in late November, we had a meeting with UNEFCO, the branch of the Bolivian Ministry of Education that is responsible for training Bolivia’s 150,000 teachers and […]

Canadian Universities

Over the last month I had the opportunity to speak with students in two classrooms in Canada: Dr. Carmen Rodriguez de France’s Indigenous Education at the University of Victoria and Dr. Dustin Ciufo’s Playful Pedagogy at Trent University. Both courses had very different focuses and goals, but a common theme that always threads through education […]

State pass off

Over the past two years, over 30,000 Peruvian and Bolivian public school teachers participated in Alma’s training programs. And though that is a big number, only a percentage of them were able to receive year-long accompaniment in our focus groups, because we simply don’t have enough staff to work on a daily basis with 30,000 […]