Mentor program to uplift more than 320,000 Lima students

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Lima´s Ministry of Education (MINEDU) has implemented a program, “Docentes Fortaleza” (Teaching Strength) to improve the quality of primary school teachers. According to the MINEDU press release, the mentor program will “provide educational support to more than 14,000 teachers to help them improve their teaching practices in the classroom”.

Nearly 700 exemplary teachers were chosen to offer guidance to their teaching fellows based upon experience and effective teaching practices. They will reach out to 706 schools throughout Lima, offering support to primary teachers of first, second, and third grades.

You are a permanent example of the educational improvement in our country. You have shown that it is possible to capture the best student achievement. And now you can train other teachers to have good results with their students, said Deputy Minister of Educational Management, Flavio Figallo, speaking to the appointed teachers at a welcoming ceremony.

The program will offer teachers guidance in student management, learning difficulties and impairments, and “experience-sharing sessions” between the teachers and mentors. The program also hopes to motivate parents to get involved.

According to the press release, those receiving training will also “receive educational tools and resources in accordance with the guidelines of the current curriculum policy”.
The Ministry of Education aims to improve the teaching quality around the city.

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A U.S. native plucked from the green surroundings of her home state of Oregon, Agnes Rivera has been living in Lima, Peru, fulfilling various occupations such as teaching, translating, and journalism. While indoors she uses her time creatively to build "recycled art" and read fiction, she is quick to use any excuse to be outdoors, balancing her inner home-body lifestyle with an adventurous spirit to explore all that Peru has to offer.