, the acronym in Spanish for “The Foundation for the Application and Teaching of the Sciences”, is a non-profit, non-governmental organization
that focusses on training and development in the rural areas of Colombia
and other countries in Latin America
. It was created in 1974 in Colombia by a group of scientists and professionals led by Farzam Arbab
, a renowned physicist who had arrived as a visiting professor to the Universidad del Valle
There are two main programs—the Tutorial Learning System (SAT), a secondary level educational system used by over 25,000 students throughout the Americas, and the University Center for Rural Well-Being (CUBR). The curriculum aims at five fields: mathematics, science, language and communication, technology, and service to the community.