Keeping children in Peru learning in the time of COVID-19

COVID-19: Emergency Response

A girl reading a text book in shipibo
UNICEF Perú/Moreno M.

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With schools closed in Peru due to the pandemic, students, teachers and families are facing the challenge of adapting to new ways of learning. The government launched the “I learn at home” strategy for radio, TV and Internet on 6 April. As of 1 July, the government announced that a small number of schools in rural areas with limited connectivity and no COVID-19 cases could reopen. It remains unclear when all students will return to school.

For many children, learning at home isn’t easy. Those living in poverty and in indigenous and rural communities have limited access to supplies, TV and Internet. Before the crisis, migrants and those with disabilities faced barriers to enrolling in school. In a country with already poor learning outcomes, vulnerable students are at risk of falling behind and dropping out, limiting their future learning and work opportunities.

UNICEF is working to help ensure all children and adolescents in Peru –especially the most vulnerable – access quality inclusive education in the time of COVID-19. This fact sheet provides an overview of the situation of schoolchildren in Peru and UNICEF´s response during the pandemic.

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