A Peruvian billionaire contracted a world-famous design firm to remake his country’s private school system, and the results are stunning

In Carlos Rodriguez-Pastor’s home country of Peru, education is lagging . The billionaire businessman wanted middle-class kids to have an alternative between pricey private schools and destitute public schools, but no option existed.

So, in 2011, with the help of design firm IDEO, he created one.

Innova Schools are the product of that desire. They rely on blended learning – a form of education that uses technology and guided independent study – to get kids thinking creatively, flexibly, and critically. In turn, families pay only $130 a month in tuition.

The model is getting international attention, most recently as a top-prize winner at the International Design Excellence Awards.

 

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