About the Project
For several reasons young people in Peru’s rural communities usually leave secondary school early. They are needed to work at home. Long distances to school and perceived irrelevant educational content also lower the value of school from the perspective of many parents. This results in a perpetuation of poverty and the lack of jobs and productive opportunities which could support community development. The project promotes an innovative Alternate Education program recognized by the Peruvian government as a successful learning model for rural areas. The proposed program aims to create permanent interaction between social and professional development and school life in which students alternate between home and school for two-week periods.
The project includes: 1) Adaptation of school curricula to the rural environment, 2) Recruiting and training rural teachers, 3) Involvement of parents in school management and teacher training, and 4) Providing accessible and nearby facilities and infrastructure. Through the project, students receive a well-rounded education. The methodology has been successfully used since 2002, and is now implemented in 40 alternate rural schools (ARS) in 11 Peruvian regions, assisting 2,823 young people.