All the children who are resident in our refuge normally go to the El Dorado School, the neighbouring school – attending either for the morning or the afternoon sessions depending on their age. They are supported by Project Peru in the purchase or provision of educational materials, buying school uniforms and paying the obligatory annual matriculation fee for each child. This is a considerable expense at the start of each school year in March. Uniform designs can vary over the years.
During the whole of the 2020 school year all schools were closed and we ran a virtual education system inside the refuge. See also the news item on virtual schooling.
In normal times we give the children additional educational support by keeping links with their teachers through the house parents and committee members. In other ways, the project concentrates on providing supplementary education for those children resident at the refuge who go to the local school, providing them with encouragement to read and study on their own at the refuge and giving them extra support where necessary. We employ educational support teachers to help the children after school with homework, and to fill in educational gaps. We also focus on advice for the future of our older children and continue to support many of them directly, after they leave school, as well as initial programmes for nursery age children of for some who may come to us without ever having previously attended school.
We employ sessional teachers for sports, dance, music and other activities, and our staff members also offer sewing, hairdressing and cooking classes.
Our sewing room
Las niñas campeonaron, se llevaron la copa: in previous years we participated in a competitive football ‘league’ known as Lima Kids between all the children’s homes in Lima– between 2012-2016 our girls’ teams regularly won the championships.
Our music groups practise regularly and are often invited to play at outside events.
Also see this News item: Viva la musica y la danza
Staff and volunteers work together to produce and design the costumes and decor for the annual Christmas entertainment including music and drama which involves all the children in activities appropriate to their age.
The children play music, dance and perform a play with a nativity theme as well as with a modern social content.
Parents and families and other invited guests come on this day, which has been an annual event since 2001. Watch an extract from one of our plays as part of our film about the refuge.
A book about the refuge
In general a number of volunteers – both Peruvian and from abroad – help to ensure constructive use of educational, leisure and recreation activities for the children throughout the year. In 2007 we had a volunteer artist in residence who produced some exciting work with the children which led her to produce a small book about her work with us – ‘El Nuevo Mundo’
Educational facilities at the refuge
As part of our radical building programme we now have not only larger class/homework/study rooms and a new library, but also a computer room, and we currently improvise by using some of our other facilities too. We also have rooms designated for sewing, music and English teaching.
We have also received a number of computers donated by education institutions and companies both in the UK and in Peru, and the children and some staff take full advantage of our computer room.
For more on our extra-curricular activities also see Education and Support