Being A Student In Peru: 2016 vs 2017 – What Has Changed?

Peru has progressed economically in the last few years, becoming one of the most popular tourist destinations. It is also growing as a popular location for international students studying short term and long term programmes. That being said, the country still faces a number of challenges.

Many years ago, almost 40% of all Peruvians spoke only one language. More often than not, Spanish speakers were better educated and subsequently preferred for well-paid employment opportunities. Consequently, people living in rural areas began to look to education as a way to learn Spanish to improve their prospects.

Student resources and teacher training have been developed to promote a bilingual society. From 2016, a goal was set to provide 280,000 skilled teachers to deliver education in multiple languages. The government is particularly focused on the 2,010 communities across the country who do not have the appropriate education, including the second largest city in Peru, Arequipa which, it was hoped, would become a city of bilingualism.

Peru has made significant investments (no less than $136 million) in science and technology. In addition, scholarships have been created, and the government have been actively promoting key sectors including mining and agriculture.

A wide range of grants is also available in Peru. The country also began to develop the proficiency level of its graduate students in English to allow students of public and private schools to study in general and to enrol abroad.

This new curriculum took effect from the 1st January 2017. The ultimate goal of this new curriculum is to improve equal opportunities and aims to improve gender equality. The new programme requires that education on sexual and reproductive rights, abortion and gender orientation (and also covers homosexuality and transsexuality) are duly covered. Besides the curriculum, students will get a guide to show that the relationships between same-sex couples are normal.

The changes are calling on teachers to challenge stereotypes where
– Women clean better
– Men are not sensitive
– Women have less ability than men to learn math and science
– Men are less able than women to learn in Communications
– Women are weaker, and men are more irresponsible

Education in Peru continues to improve and as it does so more young people are encouraged to join higher education and build a better future for themselves.

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