In Bolivia, the Altiplano, at 13,000 feet, is a cold, harsh, unforgiving environment for children eager to learn. At near zero temperatures, brick classrooms feel more like freezers than conducive learning spaces. Director of CHOICE Bolivia, Willy Mendoza, solved the problem by designing schools with glass panels to allow heat and light into the classrooms. The light also allows a small garden to grow directly in the classroom, which is managed by the children. The garden offers hands-on learning opportunities and vegetables to supplement the school lunch program.
With the increased light and warmth available, the children are now thriving academically and have received awards for achievement in math and science. La Paz educational officials are so impressed with the soaring test scores they built seven schools replicating this innovative technology; bringing quality learning environments to hundreds of children.