Cotoca Computer Project



In 2016, we ran a very successful primary school academic reinforcement project in this small community in the San Andres district of Beni, Bolivia. This year, 2017, we are building on that success by implementing our computer program in the secondary school.

As technology becomes ever more integral in all levels of education and in every aspect of daily life, children without access to technological education are increasingly disadvantaged. When added to the many economic and social obstacles already present for children from rural indigenous communities in Bolivia, the lack of access to technology is detrimental to their educational and future professional prospects.

Our academic goal in Cotoca is to develop computer skills and reinforce reading comprehension and mathematical reasoning. We are using similar methodologies as in our biblioteca projects to promote critical thinking, creativity, social/personal and environmental values by using fun, culturally relevant activities to illuminate concepts behind content. Classes are held Monday to Friday from 1:30pm-4:30pm. There are 20 students aged 11-18 years old enrolled.

Alma inputs:

  • Teacher (1)
  • Technical and academic materials
  • Project coordination and training
  • Budget: U$9,000

Cocota community inputs:

  • Classroom renovation and provision
  • Desks, chairs and bookcases
  • Solar panels
  • Accommodation for our teacher
  • Student lunches
  • Meeting attendance
  • Home strategy implementation

Indicators of Success:

  1. Student attendance
  2. Academics – computer skills, mathematical reasoning, communications
  3. Creativity – divergent thinking, originality
  4. Critical thinking – analysis, evaluation, justification of opinions
  5. Values and resilience
  6. Hours invested per child
  7. Parental engagement – attendance, contreparte, home strategy, capacity
  8. Ancillary benefits
  9. Implementation of teaching methods – Alma teachers, State teachers