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Enseña Chile

Enseña Chile (eCh) improves high school education for the poor.


Investee Enseña Chile, founded 2007
Location Chile, Latin America
Sector Education
Funding start 2011
Funding type Grant




  • In Chile, ~1.9 million low-income pupils, aged 6 to 18 years, perform poorly in Chilean public schools due to a lack of qualified teachers
  • Only 30% of children from low-income households in Chile complete high-school (i.e. a 70% high-school dropout rate), which is significantly lower than the 95% high school graduates from wealthier private schools
  • Without quality education, the opportunity for poor Chilean youth to access higher education is reduced, their competitiveness in the labor market is diminished, and the poverty cycle is perpetuated


Enseña Chile (eCh) impacts on three levels: (i) On the lives of young people, (ii) on the quality level of teachers in Chile, and (iii) on the education sector through an alumni network of former eCh teachers promoting a systemic change in the Chilean educational system. Over 30’000 students from low income communities will get access to better education each year through eCh’s holistic model of quality education and interaction with responsible and dedicated teachers.

  • eCh provides quality education to 14- to 18-year-old high-school students by bringing outstanding university graduates with leadership skills into classrooms of low-quality schools in poor areas for a period of two years
  • On a long term basis eCh is promoting a movement/network of eCh alumni that will be active at key positions in society with the possibility to positively influence a change in the educational system of Chile

Impact depth

eCh contributes to:

  • Independent, resilient and socially aware youngsters: Young people are becoming better learners and are transformed into independent, resilient and more socially aware members of the society
  • Ability to shape their own future: Children have better cognitive as well as softs-skills (e.g. self-esteem, discipline) which gives them more options to shape their own, more prosperous future
  • Responsible leadership development: eCh’s young graduate teachers benefit from direct employment after university as well as a unique opportunity for personal growth. Through this experience, eCh forms a strong group of responsible leaders with the potential to shape a better future of their country
Impact Reach 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
# of pupils enrolled 12'000 18'500 22'400 21'750 26'825 26'200
# of teachers 84 132 136 150 185 159



By investing in Enseña Chile, we align with and contribute to four of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.