Indefinite Teachers Strike in Peru
A big challenge for our home.
September 13, 2012 - Peru
In opposite to all the other NPH homes, less Bolivia, NPH Peru does not have its own school yet. Our children attend a nearby local school. Therefore we directly are affected by the Peruvian reality and educational policy.
On the 5th of September the Sutep – Peru´s public teachers union launched an indefinite strike on wage disputes with the government. This means that our children are currently on imposed vacation and nobody knows when it will end. This supposes a big challenge for all our staff members and also for our children. Many of our children have lots of difficulties in reading and writing, mathematics, etc. They are struggling every day to be a bit better and it´s sometimes very frustrating for them, as it takes a long time to see big improvements. Nevertheless NPH is trying everything to support our pequeños and pequeñas and step by step we see small changes.
Paul studying with tía Jessica.
The children with the most difficulties receive tutoring from hired teachers from the local school. Others are helped with their homework by their caregivers, volunteers and our university students, who all work in different sections and support our family.
A big advantage is that almost all our caregivers are teachers and therefore they can easily assist and help our children in an effective way. In order not to miss too much, the children study every day a bit with their caregivers. However we try to balance the time of going out, playing and studying.
An event that broke the routine at our home was the visit of a female Canadian university volleyball team. The girls from the Trinity Western University had just finished the U-23 Women´s Pan American Cup that took place in Lima from the 1-9th of September and headed down to Cañete to visit our children.
Our kids were more than excited to get to know the young ladies together with their coach and assistants as they love sports and especially volleyball. It was a big privilege for them to have the opportunity to play against the Canadian girls who represented Canada during the competition in Lima and competed with the Peruvian national team and other six American countries.
We spent two beautiful days with our Canadian visitors who played, danced, watched TV and ate with our children. It was incredible to see how much the kids smiled, shouted and laughed. They enjoyed so much that everybody forgot for a moment about the sorrows that caused the strike.