DFATD Contribution: $19,000,000
The project aims to improve quality education for indigenous and rural children, especially girls, in Southern Andean and Amazonian Peru through Intercultural Bilingual Education. CIDA's support enables UNICEF to expand its education program in Ayacucho, Amazonas, Apurímac, Cusco and Ucayali, regions characterized by extremely high poverty levels, indigenous populations, high prevalence of chronic malnutrition among children and overall lack of quality basic services, including health, education, water and sanitation. The project supports quality learning materials, training of teachers, school directors and education administrators, and strengthening the participation of parents and community members in the education system. The project aims to improve learning strategies, to develop models for replication in other regions and municipalities, and to contribute to the consolidation of regional government capacity to support a regional system of teacher training and to access national financial and technical resources.