Experimento in Bolivia

Learning for life

How does a tornado form? And why do rocks retain heat? Students in Santa Cruz de la Sierra learn the answers.
Inquiry-based learning: Lessons are discovered together.
Independent experimentation works in large classes, too.
Up-close chemistry: How does yeast fermentation work?
How does a lung work? Teacher seminars address how to implement Experimento in the classroom.
  • Experimento launched in 2017
  • Deployment in Bolivia centered on schools in Santa Cruz (Warnes and El Torno), Tarija, Yacuiba, and Entre Ríos.
  • Integrated into the teacher certification program at Universidad Pedagógica
  • Emphasis on cultural diversity and education for sustainable development (particularly water and hygiene)
  • Implemented predominantly in primary schools
  • Advanced training for around 588 educators so far
  • Around 100,000* children reached
* The number assumes that every instructed kindergarten or elementary school teacher shares the knowledge 5 times with one group or class, and a subject teacher shares it 5 times with two classes.

Country-specific developments

  • New teaching and learning materials for health and hygiene education

In Bolivia, clean drinking water and wastewater management are becoming more important. Given the serious challenges facing the water sector (water pollution from unpurified wastewater; high rates of waterborne diseases; increasing water stress due to climate change; etc.), it is especially important that these issues are included when adapting Experimento to the conditions in Bolivia. Bolivia’s Pedagogical University and the Ministry for Environment and Water (Servicio Nacional para la Sostenibilidad de Servicios en Saneamiento Básico / SENASBA) are working together with the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GIZ (German Society for International Cooperation) and the Siemens Stiftung to implement these changes.

  • Integrating indigenous knowledge

Experimento is also being expanded to include indigenous knowledge and the country’s unique geography.

  • Free glasses for schoolchildren

In order vision problems do not prevent active participation in lessons, a team from OneDollarGlasses Bolivia accompanies the GIZ at forty schools. The offer includes eye exams, custom-made, free of charge glasses for schoolchildren, and referrals to eye doctors if glasses alone are not enough.

To enrich teaching with innovative methods such as Inquiry-based Learning, teachers in Bolivia rely on Experimento.

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More information on the STEM Network, the role of individual partners, and current news and events can be found on our Spanish microsite for Experimento in Latin America.

Additional partners:

Escuela Superior de Formación de Maestros Enrique Finot, Colegio Alemán de Santa Cruz und Academia Colombiana de Ciencias

Head of Siemens Stiftung Regional Office

Ulrike Wahl

+56 9 61 76 70 41

Country director GIZ Bolivia

Elisabeth Girrbach

+59 1 22 77 13 80

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