In the Rural Agricultural Schools (ERAs for their English acronym) persons who were affected by the armed conflict develop work and personal skills to implement productive projects, generate income for themselves and achieve food sovereignty in their communities. Learn more.
COLLABORATIVE COMMERCIAL PARTNERSHIPS
PASO Colombia works to build mutually beneficial partnerships among rural communities, ex-combatants, private companies, and public and international organizations. Learn more.
They will be leading a research team to conduct an evaluation of the new Rural Alternative Schools (ERA) that will be opening in Puerto Guzmán and its impact on ex-combatants and members of the surrounding communities that are in the process of substituting illegal crops. They will establish a... read more
The migration of Venezuelans to Colombia poses a great challenge for the economic inclusion of 1.2 million people. It is also an opportunity to boost the rural economy in the Colombia-Venezuela border.
The ERAs are productive and educational collaboration networks, developed by OEF’s program PASO Colombia. They provide peasant communities and ex-combatants with agricultural training; technical assistance; and access to land, capital, and markets, and they promote Commercial Collaborative... read more
After several months of exploration, consultation, and planning, PASO Colombia has launched a new Rural Alternative School in Guapi, Cauca. This marks the 11th territory in Colombia where PASO has worked to establish the ERA model.
As part of its national expansion plan, PASO Colombia has opened the position of Deputy Director. The role’s main responsibility will be managing and directing the day-to-day operations of PASO’s Rural Alternative Schools project.
In the last quarter of 2018, PASO Colombia developed three new Rural Alternative Schools (ERAs) in the border region with Venezuela, closing the year with nine of these schools fully established and another school currently in the development process.
30 participants of the Rural Alternative Schools (ERAs) of Mutatá, Dabeiba and Ituango in Antioquia traveled to the Valle del Cauca department to take part in a pedagogical agroecological tour organized by PASO Colombia and the “Living Territories” alliance that supports the operation of the... read more
As a part of this year’s Build Peace conference, PASO hosted a workshop called Strengthening Peace Spaces in Colombia with the Use of New Forms of Organization and Technologies, where participants discussed how to design rural settlements in conflict-affected zones of rural Colombia that promote... read more
The National Learning Service (SENA), the public institution that has been in charge of providing technical training to workers in Colombia since 1957, has become a new partner in the Rural Alternative Schools (ERA).