Almost 70 000 people disappeared or died during the civil war(1980-2000) in Peru. Many were victims of cruelty that were committed by terroristic organizations The Lightning Pad”, government troops and other resistance groups. Most victims were civilians who lived in the rural areas and especially the departments where startup4kids works. These places, Ayacucha, Huancaevlica and Apurimac, are situated in the Andes and they are one of the poorest areas in Peru. Due to the political circumstances and the extreme poverty, these areas were economically backward and the illiteracy rates were high. For this reason, startup4kids offers the social and financial education programme Aflatoun to give these children extra opportunities and to stimulate their environment to also go to school.
Starting from 2010 until 2016 teachers hired by our partner FINCA Peru, have been traveling from school to school giving the Aflatoun lessons to kids who live high up in the Andes. The Aflatoun program has already been offered to 7422 kids until the age of 12. In 2016, 2000 kids were taught social, financial and entrepreneurial skills.
In February of 2017 our Aflatoun team starts training the local teachers. Our team will be assisted by an external Aflatoun ‘master’ trainer. After the first training, the 200 local teachers will execute the Aflatoun education program in 40 schools and they will reach 3200 kids a year with this. The Aflatoun team will give the local teachers support as needed and train them regularly. They will also keep an eye on the execution of the education program. The supervisor of the team will furthermore be responsible for the quality-control, monitoring and the evaluation of the project.
Aflatoun international promoted the Aflatoun education program with the ministry of education in Peru. It succeeded in getting the ministry to agree to incorporate the Aflatoun programme in the regular education program. It will however take time to get the programme started, as it involves a whole new way of teaching about new themes. The programme will first start in the capital Lima. Through our sustainable project, we can help the teachers in the rural areas so they can start giving Aflatoun lessons. That will mean that our Aflatoun project in Peru will eventually be redundant and we can shift our focus towards kids in a non-formal setting.
FINCA Perú is an organization that focusses on social integration and development of women and underdeveloped communities. FINCA Peru gives these women and their families access to tools that will enable them to improve their skills. The teachers of our project in Peru are employed by and under the supervision of FINCA Peru, working in collaboration with Startup4kids. On the picture are our five teachers and their supervisor in 2016.