The Peruvian government recently approved the sectoral policy of Intercultural Bilingual Education and Intercultural Education and the National Plan of Intercultural Bilingual Education (EIB) which got a nod of approval from the United Nations Fund for Children (UNICEF).
The Ministry of Education approved this policy in hopes that it would serve as a basis for the implementation of plans, programs and educational projects in this field.
In the last five years, Peru has multiplied the budget for the EIB allowing the alphabet of 31 indigenous languages as well as the development of educational materials and workbooks for initial and primary schools in the native language with Castilian being their second language.
Teachers have also been given support materials to aid them in furthering the education of the children with these new workbooks
“For several years we have joined the efforts of the education sector to provide quality teaching in their own language to children and adolescents who are native speakers of a different Castilian language. The adoption of these policies allows us to look optimistically at the education in Peru”, said Maria Luisa Fornara, a representative of UNICEF in Peru.
Peru has been recognized in recent years not only for its efforts in advancing the implementation of intercultural bilingual education, but also providing a quality standard of education for students.