The project applies education in alternation in Peru: students spend 2 weeks in school dedicated to the study and 2 weeks on the family farm, researching, developing projects and business plans, which generate inputs for teachers to develop a teaching according to the reality of the students and their families, thus breaking the cycle of poverty. Parents are actively involved in the management of the school. . The project seeks to improve the capabilities of teachers, principals and parents.
Many adolescents in rural areas drop out of high school because of the great distances they must travel from home to school, often on foot, back and forth every day. In the case of girls, the problem is greater, due to the risks of abuse they may suffer along the way. In addition the low quality and practicality of the national school system which does not help to get out of poverty, besides conflicts between school hours and agricultural cycles, when students skip school to help their parents
Our education model provides boarding at school, this avoids daily transfers home. In the period they spend at home the students help their parents, and do tasks already described. So, teachers focus on their academic subjects for the daily challenges of the families, which allows innovate and improve the production and commercialization of the product of the farms, helping them to escape from poverty. Project seeks to train teachers and parents to work in unison caring both: school and farm.
We started first 3 schools with 60 students in 2002. Today totalize 75 schools with 5,400 students. Many of the graduates have gone on to higher education in institutes and universities. The improvements in the production and management of the family farm are expanded little by little in the community, either by imitation or by the advice given by students and graduates to their neighbors. Your support will ensure that more schools as these to grow in Peru.