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Fe y Alegría was founded in 1955 by the Society of Jesus in Venezuela as a movement to promote popular, comprehensive education and social development. It works to strengthen education for the poorest and most marginalized populations by training teachers, integrating technology into the classroom, providing vocational training and supporting schools from pre-primary to post-secondary levels. Fe y Alegría has expanded into 18 countries in Latin America as well as Italy, Spain, and Chad, currently serving more than 570,000 students and 26,000 teachers. This program profile will focus specifically on the case of Fe y Alegría Peru, founded in 1965.
The program seeks to bring quality public education to vulnerable populations of Peru, focusing on providing an integral and high quality education. Currently, Fe y Alegría Peru is running 79 high schools, 161 schools organized in 6 rural networks, 268 technical schools and workshops, 7 Institutes of higher technology, and 20 centers of technical and production education. Fe y Alegría seeks to contribute to the formation of responsible and successful citizens through instilling leadership skills and encouraging students to further identify with their faith. Fe y Alegría's schools are all public schools, where teachers are government teachers whose salaries are paid for by the Ministry of Education. Currently, Fe y Alegría Peru implements the following key activities:
Teacher Training: Ongoing training and sensitization is provided for teachers and school directors, including in computer technology. Training is provided in-person and through distance learning.
Technical Education: Fe y Alegría Peru's technical schools provide youth with technical training that prepares them for the workforce, with the aim of promoting sustainable development. Youth are trained in various occupations, including carpentry, clothing design and production, secretarial work, electronics, hotel management and tourism, jewelry design and production, and agriculture.
Higher Technological Education: Fe y Alegría's Institutes of Higher Technology provide training in technical careers that respond to the needs of the local/regional economy in which the institutes are located. Professional training is provided through a "learning by doing" and hands-on approach.
Rural Education: Fe y Alegría operates educational networks in rural areas. It provides capacity building to one-teacher schools in rural areas of Peru, working to develop educational materials suitable to the needs of the local region and provide bilingual and intercultural education.
Basic Alternative Education for Adults: This provides the option to adults who were unable to complete their school studies to pursue elementary and high school-level studies through distance learning.
Inclusive Education: Fe y Alegría seeks to promote the participation and integration of children with disabilities in the education system. It does so through awareness campaigns, teacher training and sensitization to the issue, and the development of learning materials catered to the specific needs of disabled students.
Social Responsibility: Fe y Alegría works to engage civil society in its educational work, through organizing campaigns and fundraising events, as well as through establishing partnerships to strengthen citizens' commitments to public education.
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- 79 high schools
- 161 schools organized in 6 rural networks
- 268 technical schools and workshops
- 7 Institutes of Higher Technology
- 20 Centers of technical and production education.
Fe y Alegría Peru has grown significantly over time. In 1980, the program consisted of 28 high schools, growing to reach 42 in 1990, and 79 today. In addition, Fe y Alegría has expanded its offerings to include rural education programs, alternative basic education programs, higher technical education, etc.
Fe y Alegría's long-term goal is to demonstrate the possibility of providing quality education in public schools. It plans to continue developing its model for rural education, and technical education, in addition to strengthening its presence in urban areas.
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