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Education | July 26, 2011 [ 14:40 ]

Garcia: Peru moves towards modernity after eradicating illiteracy


President Alan Garcia visits the Cultural Literacy Center in Rimac. (Photo ANDINA/ Oscar Farje)
President Alan Garcia said Tuesday that Peru is set to "run" towards modernity after eradicating illiteracy, as some 1.6 million Peruvians have learned to read and write in recent years.

"A country that prides itself of making progress and growing could not coexist with this issue that, if viewed from the perspective of a woman who had no education and was confined to housework or fieldwork, was a huge gap in the history of our country," he said.

At the inauguration of the country's Literacy Cultural Center, the head of state said that the fact that there were millions of illiterate people in our country was a "black hole" in the consciousness of all Peruvians, and not only of politics and statistics.

He noted that thanks to the efforts of thousands of literacy coordinators, 1.6 million Peruvians have learned to read and write in recent years, with which Peru was declared as a country free of illiteracy by international organizations.

"With that title now we can run towards modernity without the embarrassment of having a black hole inside us which shamed all Peruvians for having forgotten those who had no education," he said.

President Garcia mentioned that 600,000 out of this 1.6 million literate Peruvians are currently studying in alternative primary education in order to deepen their knowledge.

However, the Peruvian leader noted that there are still 800,000 people who could not pass the exams so his desire is to continue those efforts.

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Education | June 24, 2011 [ 12:04 ]

Peruvian government creates 15 universities in five years

Students protest in Huancavelica days ago. (Photo: La Républica)

During the past five years, the Peruvian government has approved the establishment of 15 universities, while in Congress there are bills for the formation of 11 additional universities, reports Gestión.

Four of the 15 study centers are located in Lima, and a fifth will be erected in Tayacaja, Huancavelica. The formation of this particular university caused conflict because it was set to work with resources from the National University of Huancavelica. After protests resulting in four deaths, it was finally decided to give the new university its own budget.

In order to avoid social conflicts such as this, the president of the National Association of Provosts (ANR), Orlando Velásquez, has asked the government to stop the creation of public universities recently approved by Congress.

He explained that new problems will arise because these new centers of higher study, according to their rules of creation, absorb resources from other public universities and some mining royalties, without any conditions that would lead to enhancing education and scientific research.

"We reject the 'feast' for the creation of public universities with political agendas," Velásquez told Andina.

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Education | June 22, 2011 [ 18:13 ]

Huancavelica universities to have separate funding, protests leave three dead

Prime Minister Rosario Fernández. (Photo: Living in Peru archive)

Prime Minister Rosario Fernández announced at noon Wednesday that the Autonomous University of Pampas, recently created through a bill passed in Congress, will have its own budget and not take away any financial resources from the National University of Huancavelica.

Speaking to reporters, Fernández hopes that this measure puts an end to the protests that have occurred in this area of ​​the country, but condemned "the attitude and reaction" of the people of Huancavelica, who yesterday sacked and burned regional government headquarters, reports El Comercio.

The students say the creation of a new university in Tayacaja – part of the central region of Huancavelica – will divert resources from the National University of Huancavelica in the regional capital.

The government board decided after coordination with the authorities of Huancavelica to provide its own budget to the new university.

"Tayacaja will get its own funding and Huancavelica will too," she added.

The protests in the past few days have left three dead and injured more than 30, reported La Républica.

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Education | June 22, 2011 [ 8:06 ]

Peru grows twice as much as Chile in past five years


President Alan García at an event last month. (Photo: Andina)

Peru grew twice as much as Chile and reduced poverty more dramatically during the last five years, said president Alan García, noting that with effort and better education, Peru will become the leading country of the continent.

After inaugurating improvements on Francisco Bolognesi school in Tacna, the head of state recalled that when he took office he promised that Peru would beat Chile's economic expansion, employment generation and poverty reduction.

"We have kept our promise because in these 5 years, Peru has grown twice as much as Chile, Peru has reduced poverty more than Chile. When we started we had different poverty figures, today in Chile the poverty rate has grown by one percent while in Peru it has been reduced by 17 percent," he said.

President García added that in this rivalry of intelligence and ability, Peru has won, and it has beaten a "very capable" country as Chile, which also took advantage of all its possibilities.

Addressing students of the Francisco Bolognesi school, the Peruvian leader noted that Peru will get better results "if the youth continue studying and work harder."

He said that this was the land of the great empire, vast cultures and the cradle of the most important viceroyalty in new world where the mountains have higher and better peaks and where the Amazon River has its source.

"This is the pilot country of South America, and it depends on you to keep that true and turn it into the leading country in South America, an example for the people," he said.

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Education | May 27, 2011 [ 7:51 ]

Garcia calls on Peruvian parents to join the "education crusade"


President Alan García inaugurates an electrification project in district of San Ramón. (Photo: Sepres)

President Alan García has called on Peruvian parents to join the great "education crusade" in a bid to achieve development and progress in the country.

"I ask you, mothers and fathers, to join the educational crusade in order to turn our schools into real centers where our children learn much more," he said on Thursday after inaugurating an electrification project in the Junín region.

The Peruvian leader noted that the best legacy we can leave our children is the wealth of intellect, knowledge and learning, "because they never disappear, not even with an economic crisis."

For this reason, García said that in recent years the government has made every possible effort to ensure a fundamental right in democracy, which is a better education through active and comprehensive training for teachers.

He said that the modernization of education also involves encouraging students to study more and acquire knowledge that enables them to make their way through life.

The head of state added that in terms of electrification, so far the government has provided electricity to 11,000 towns, benefiting a total of 3.2 million Peruvians.

Also, he recalled that nearly 5 million people have drinking water, and 2 million Peruvians have learned to read and write.

"There is no democracy without electricity, drinking water, or education, otherwise democracy would be just words," Garía said.

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Education | May 9, 2011 [ 6:57 ]

U.S. Ambassador hosts webchat for young Americans in Peru

U.S. Ambassador to Peru, Rose Linkins. (Photo: U.S. Embassy)

Rose Linkins, U.S. Ambassador to Peru, will be online Tuesday, May 17 at 4 p.m. to answer questions via a live webchat. The embassy says the event is geared toward younger Americans, students and interns.

Individuals will be able to submit questions in advance or live in the chat room. Viewers will be able to see Linkins via a web cam. The webchat is called "What Your Embassy Does for You."

This event is being organized by the Embassy’s American Citizen Services unit in order to provide an inside look at the services the Embassy provides to American citizens who are visiting or living in Peru.

A career member of the Senior Foreign Service, Ambassador Likins is a former U.S. Ambassador to El Salvador (2000-2003) and has also served previously as Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Sofia, Bulgaria; Chief of the Political Section at the U.S. Embassy in Asuncion, Paraguay; and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Political-Military Affairs in Washington, D.C.

Her most recent assignment was Deputy Director of the Foreign Service Institute in Washington, D.C., where she was also Dean of the Foreign Service Institute’s School of Professional and Area Studies. Earlier assignments include Special Assistant to the Deputy Secretary of State, Executive Assistant to the Under Secretary for Global Affairs, Director of the Department's Operations Center, Deputy Executive Secretary of the Department, and Honduras Desk Officer all in Washington, D.C. She has also served overseas as a Consular Officer at the U.S. Consulate General in Monterrey, Mexico.

Ambassador Likins received a B.A. in Spanish and International Affairs from Mary Washington College in Virginia.

She is married to John Likins and they have two sons.

To submit questions in advance, log in at this link

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Education | May 6, 2011 [ 13:12 ]

Full scholarships given to 15 Iquitos students studying tourism

Scholarship winners. (Photo: Pro & Contra)

Through an agreement between the municipality of San Juan Bautista and a public technical institute (Instituto Superior Tecnológico Público “El Milagro” Fe y Alegría) 15 students will receive full scholarships to study tourism for two years. The money covers materials, tuition and food. This year about $12,500 will be invested in the group of 15, according to a Loreto newspaper Pro & Contra.

The agreement aims to strengthen the capacity of tourism management in young students, specifically to improve the management of tourism resources in the district of San Juan Bautista, which lies between the airport and downtown Iquitos. In addition, the program aims to promote sustainable tourism and develop local organizations, public and private, involved in the management of tourism resources.

Francisco Sanjurjo, mayor of the municipality of San Juan Bautista, said the municipality should continue to grow its tourism and that educating their own youth is a large part of the bigger goal.

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Education | April 15, 2011 [ 17:39 ]

Peru's top MBA program offers scholarships for foreigners

UPDATED April 20

Outside Centrum's campus in Lima, Peru.

Centrum Católica, the business school of the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú in Lima, Peru is offering 70% tuition scholarships to up to ten foreign (non-Peruvian) students beginning its full-time MBA program. Classes start May 4, 2011, accepting applications until April 17. The scholarships are awarded based on academic merit.

The total cost of the 13 month program with the scholarship is S/. 18,000, which can be paid over 12 monthly payments of S/. 1,500 (about $535). The program also includes a two week trip to Babson College in Boston where the students will take classes and expand their global vision of business. Additionally many foreign students may challenge their language skills, as all classes are taught in Spanish, except those taught at Babson College in English.

Centrum Católica is accredited by AACSB and AMBA.

See more information about the scholarship here.

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Education | March 16, 2011 [ 13:25 ]

Peru: Schools, publishers fined up to one million soles for textbook price fixing

Victor Díaz Chávez, vice minister of education, in middle. (Photo: Andina)

Peruvian schools and publishing houses that conspired to inflate textbook prices, turning a profit at the expense of thousands of students and parents, will be fined more than one million soles, according to vice minister of education Víctor Díaz Chávez, who delivered a report yesterday morning to the committee for consumer protection and the regulating bodies of public services.

Díaz Chávez stated that the sanction would be applied by Peru’s consumer protection agency, Indecopi, to the companies and education centers that violated the laws of family economy protection and consumer defense that prohibit the manipulation of book purchases.

He went on to state that the ministry of education could even be authorized to close schools in certain egregious cases.

To date, the publishing houses that have been criminal accomplices include Santillana, San Marcos, Corefo and Líder.

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Education | March 10, 2011 [ 15:45 ]

New municipal university, first in Latin America, opens in Lima's Los Olivos

Los Olivos mayor Felipe Castillo. (Photo: El Comercio)

At the start of his fifth term as mayor of the Los Olivos district in Peru’s capital, Felipe Castillo Alfaro achieved one of his most ambitious goals: the opening of the Universidad Autónoma Municipal in Los Olivos.

Last evening on the new campus, Peru’s president Alan García promulgated the law that establishes the university as an institution of public service, using resources from the local government: the first of its kind in Latin America.

The university, which represents an investment of 15 million soles, is located at cuadra 22 of Avenida Universitaria. It offers five courses of professional study in engineering: administrative, biomedical, mechanical, networks and communications, and software.

In yesterday’s inaugural ceremony, mayor Castillo emphasized that the project is not limited to the study center. There are also plans to connect 60,000 of the district’s homes as well as other public and private institutions to the Internet. The mayor stated that 100 kilometers of optic fiber have been installed in the area, with the goal that the university become an information technology center, open to the local public.

President García commended residents of Los Olivos for setting an example of how to prioritize information and education. “This is a new national middle class, capable and lively, guided by the strength and vision of Castillo’s municipal authority,” he said.

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