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Academia libre

Creation date: 2011

Country: Colombia

Location: Medellin

Sector of activity: Culture, leisure and free time

Social issue: Diversity (people in state of exclusion, minorities and people with disabilities)

From 2011 to date, Academia Libre has helped more than 4,000 people with their swimming and synchronized swimming programs for people with hearing disabilities or Down syndrome and with Jiu Jitsu classes for the visually impaired. "We have a highly-qualified special education and high performance team, a physiotherapist and a psychologist," explained the company's Laura Sánchez.

The company's future plans include to continue expanding to reach more places in Colombia and even "internationally so that more people can benefit from these programs." Thus Academia Libre aims to "keep transforming the lives of those lacking opportunities to practice sports." The results show that innovative educational and technological programs are having a positive social impact. "We are giving these people the opportunity to develop their personality and improve their motor skills through sports and recreation."

The company's social work has stood out for its innovative approach, both in the teaching process and in the implementation of the use of technology. Academia Libre defines itself as a promoter of citizen innovation through new tech-related projects, including the development of an inclusion-promotion website and the design of a training program for trainers aimed at "leveraging our experience to train other national and international entities."