Cooperatives of education professionals, students, parents of students,
educational entrepreneurs, and similar entities.
The role of an educational cooperative is to maintain a school. Schools
must comply with current legislation, be managed by hired specialists,
and by counseled by a board of education council, comprised of parents
and teachers. By working together, the final product arises: preparation
of students who are ready to face the challenges of the modern world, acting
as agents of history. In the specific case of Educational Cooperatives, it is
important to interpret the enterprise more from a social and ideological standpoint,
than from an economic perspective.
The common good of this sector is the educational development of children and adolescents,
which is not guided by profits or surplus funds; success is measured in a totally different
manner than other cooperative-related activities.
This sector is comprised of teachers' cooperatives, who get together to provide educational
services; agricultural college students' cooperatives who, besides contributing to maintain
the school, often produce surpluses for the market, but whose main objective is the cooperative
development of its members; parents' cooperatives, which aim to provide the best education to
their children, managing a school or hiring teachers; and of similar types of cooperatives.