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Confirmed Amount = 124.000 ‚ā¨
Reserved Amount = 1.000 ‚ā¨

125.000 ‚ā¨


Vila - Sustainable School II

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Lisboa, PT




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Powering sustainable and collaborative education.


Vila is a project for a school, which is developing a pedagogical model and an innovative curriculum aiming to contribute to a sustainable and collaborative society. The goal is to provide an educational experience in which children and young people can live creatively, committed and participatory lives and be critically aware of themselves and the world, in a happy and free manner.

Since 2020, Vila has a class of elementary school children experiencing learning in an urban community in Lisbon with community gardens, agro-forestry, a park, a room, and the neighborhood gym. In order for Vila to be a school, it is required to have a licensed building. The proposed investment aims to purchase a building with green spaces in the neighborhood where the project is located in order to open a sustainable school of reference, which aims to cover all cycles of education, from kindergarten to high school.

The funds raised through this campaign will be used to purchase the property to establish the school. The space will provide full schooling for the children already enrolled in the project, as well as welcome many more, including those on the waiting list.

This is the second campaign aimed at financing the acquisition of the property, after successfully raising 125.000‚ā¨ in Vila - Sustainable School I. The plan is to raise ‚ā¨500.000 through four campaigns, the last two will be focused on developing the school's facilities.

Environmental sustainability, emotions and interpersonal relationships, human rights, gender equality, arts and crafts, multiculturalism, and learning through community projects of social and ecological innovation, are curricular pillars to be developed by a multidisciplinary team, gathering as key references practices from learning communities, High Scope, Waldorf pedagogy, Social-Emotional and Ethical Curriculum (SEE Learning), and Green School.

The Impact

  • Building of an accessible and inclusive school: 500m2 of a building will be renewed to receive the school facilities, with pre-school, 1st and 2nd cycles. Furthermore, there is potential to expand to the 3rd cycle and secondary education.
  • Access to quality education, collaborative and for sustainability: 150 (first phase up to 2nd cycle) to 300 children and young people (with 3rd cycle and secondary) with access to a pedagogical model focused on project-based learning, with Waldorf and social-emotional and ethical practices, and of social-ecological innovation, with the main pillars of gender equality and human rights, multiculturalism, participation and community. Also, 14 teachers periodically participate in training in social-emotional curriculum, non-violent communication, practices for Learning Communities, Waldorf pedagogy, gender equality, and human rights.
  • Promotion of equal education: focus on the promotion of Gender Equality as a pillar of pedagogy, and on equality in the choice of professions, areas of interest, life projects, and sport.
  • Promotion of community empowerment and resilience activities: a community of 3000 people in one school cycle is impacted through extracurricular programs in community gardens and agroforestry. The school curriculum strengthens values of collaboration and sustainability.
  • Promotion of environmental responsibility: the school implements environmentally responsible practices such as eco-friendly materials, composting, dry toilets, green roofs, water reuse systems, and the use of renewable energy.
  • Promotion of entrepreneurship and social innovation: the school as a Hub for social and ecological impact projects for real learning contexts.
  • Job creation: 6 new full-time jobs will be created with the expansion of the school structure, among them head and assistant teachers, and complementary functions to the operation of the school.

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Financial viability

The costs involved in the operation of the school, including the costs of the building, which in this case are the interest and monthly repayments resulting from the loans for its acquisition, will be supported by the monthly fees charged for the attendance of children enrolled in the school. 

The financing of the purchase already has a number of direct investors, with a down payment of 20% having been made under the Promissory Contract and a further 35% secured. The co-financing through Goparity aims at completing the acquisition, supporting the remaining 45% of the necessary investment.

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The Promoter


Vila represents the will to create a sustainable school, in Lisbon, for all education levels (up until the University level), an innovative offer that does not yet exist in the city.

A project that brings together education for a sustainable and collaborative society with the development of the several dimensions of the human being. This school stands out for:

  • Have emotional education as one of its pedagogical pillars; 
  • Give meaning to all learning in a real context, 
  • Adjust to the characteristics and motivations of each child and each life project. 
  • Have ecological sustainability and collaborative practices present in its operation and learning
  • Promote education for gender equality and be inclusive

The project mirrors the interest and deepening of alternative pedagogies and the aspiration to bring together their best proposals in a complementary way with an innovative curriculum. Behind Vila is extensive research of the best practices in the 50 most innovative schools in the world and the experience of collaborative management of a Waldorf educational project for early childhood as a motor for bringing together families and part of Vila's team. 

There are also a set of local partners who have allowed Vila to grow as a community educational project integrated into an urban neighborhood, who have strengthened its multidisciplinary team, and who have provided a practical experience (from the pedagogical proposal) to the first-class of enrolled children. Always with the support and enthusiasm of several families that made up the pioneering community of this sustainable school.

To be a student in Vila there will be available scholarships and the possibility of exchanges between families and schools for the diversification and democratization of access.

The team

Maria Nolasco

Partner, Co-Founder and Board Member

With 16 years of experience in management of social and ecological entrepreneurship projects and Research for Social Innovation funded by the Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon City Council, and the Portuguese Institute for Development, Maria is specialization in Cooperation and Development and holds Post Grad studies in Sociology of organizations (FSCH-UNL) and International Relations (ISCSP-UL), as well as training in the Ecohabitar Learning Communities. She was also founder and part of the direction of the Waldorf educational project Casa da Estrela since 2017.

Joana Carvalho

Curriculum Development and Teacher Training

PhD in Educational Psychology in the development and implementation of mindfulness-based approaches in educational contexts. Member of the Mindfulness for Teachers program, the Hawn Foundation UK, the MindUp Program, and the Paws b. program.

Sara Nolasco

Partner, Co-founder and Head of Communication

Partner, Co-founder, and Head of Communication, Art Director, Advertising and Communication Creative with an extensive curriculum in this area, since 2015 involved in education projects. Sara has participated in EcoHabitar's Learning Communities and also integrates the direction of the educational project Waldorf Casa da Estrela.

Elena Garcia Martin

Partner, Infrastructure, Space and Logistics

Interior designer with her own interior architecture, decoration, and real estate marketing studio: "Your Home Lab" is also involved in educational and sustainable projects, since the birth of her two children, having this area as her main interest and concern.

T√Ęnia Ganito

Curriculum Development

Degree and Master in Anthropology (ISCSP-UTL) PhD in Cultural Studies (FCH-UCP) Researcher at the Center for Communication and Cultural Studies (FCH-UCP), founder of the Waldorf Casa da Estrela educational project.

Business Model

Vila - Sustainable School aims to cover the entire curriculum of mandatory education in Portugal.

In the first phase, Vila will include Kindergarten and extend to the end of elementary school, receiving children from 3 to 12 years old. In a second phase, maintaining the investment in pedagogical and curricular development, it is planned to open middle school and high school classes, dedicated to children and teenagers between 12 and 18 years old.

The ecological experience is designed to be lived in an urban environment, in a central Lisbon neighborhood, so that children and young people of the city can have an educational option linked to nature. The project's concerns are visible in the learning spaces, the materials used, the infrastructure created, the renewable energy, the food production, and healthy eating, and also in the curricular contents, through social and ecological impact projects promoted by the school for the involvement of all its students.

Vila already hosts two dozen children who pay a monthly fee and are accompanied by a multidisciplinary team of 10 male and female teachers who are involved in the learning and curriculum development. The project currently has a waiting list.

With the official opening of the school and the new space, Vila will be able to integrate 150 students in the first phase, with pre-registration for the next school year already taking place considering the new building.

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