The Peruvian economy grew by an average of 6.4% per year since 2002. Despite its strong macroeconomic performance, inequality persists in non-coastal rural and marginal urban areas where infrastructure is poor and revenues are low.
The C4C programme focuses on five regions of the South Andean macro region of Peru in rural areas where ICT use is low. Through the nation-wide One Laptop per Child programme, primary and secondary schools are receiving laptops for the pupils. However, they have not necessarily been trained to use them. Using ICT to enhance the quality and relevance of Rural Education was new for the C4C supported partner organisations and therefore train-the-trainer workshops have been organized as well as focusing on capacity building.
The programme uses ICT tools to improve students’ communication skills in Quechua and Spanish and their local identity, to develop educational materials (bilingual), for school management, through the set-up of ICT school labs to improve teaching and learning practice and to develop pedagogical management and evaluation tools.
CADEP, CESIP, Fe y Alegria, Tarea and Educa work on projects that are part of the education programme.
Economic development programme
The Peru country programme supported the full implementation of 5 projects in economic development. All economic development projects had installed equipment and started on basic ICT and mobile use trainings for local producers/farmers.
Different trainings were implemented for and with local partners ANPE, IAA, Coordinadora Rural, RAE and PROMUC. Collective trainings, like basic ICT Training and trainings on the production of digital materials and videos were facilitated. Besides this there were also specific on the job trainings for economic development partners.
In Peru there is a network in education, Ruta del Sol and in a network in economic development, Consorcio Agroecológico. These two sector networks continued their networking activities, supported respectively by Edukans for Ruta del Sol and ICCO for Consorcio Agroecológico. Ruta del Sol also continued to use its web platform, that IICD helped to upgrade in 2011.