Construyendo Escuelas Exitosas

Construyendo Escuelas Exitosas connects the public and private sectors to support thousands of children in marginalized, public schools in Peru. The program's model encourages the collaboration of teachers, parents, local organizations, and community leaders to improve the learning experience in each participating school.
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Year launched: 
2007
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CEI Plus Status

Program Results Status
Monitoring and Evaluation Reporting
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Implementer: 
Instituto Peruano de Acción Empresarial (IPAE)
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Location Data

State/Province: 
Piura, Cajamarca, Ancash, La Libertad, Huánuco, Lima, Pasco, Junín, Huancavelica, Ayacucho, Ica, Arequipa, Puno, Apurimac, Cusco
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Construyendo Escuelas Exitosas highlights the role of the local community in shaping the learning environment and educational experience of each child. The program originated with an emphasis on developing a model for rural schools in poor areas. It now works in regions throughout Peru, specifically targeting primary schools in the poorest communities where government resources may not reach and children are in need of greater attention. The program partners with local businesses that choose which schools to fund. To date, local businesses in Peru have donated more than $25 million USD. 

The educational model operates according to the notion that education is not solely the responsibility of teachers, but also depends on the involvement of parents, local organizations, and community leaders. Construyendo Escuelas Exitosas trains an expert to serve as coordinator and live in the participating region for five years. Throughout the duration of the program, coordinators have a significant impact on the community and make home and classroom visits, developing strong relationships with the teachers and families. In each region, the model consists of a three-tiered system of collaboration:

  1. At the community level: The program creates a network of 10 schools and 25 teachers to share challenges and experiences and involve the community in important decisions. School directors, community leaders, local organizations, parents, teachers, and the coordinator participate at this level.
  2. At the school level: The school director, teachers and parents determine the school's curriculum and goals. Monitoring and evaluation occur at this level.
  3. Within each school: Parents and teachers collaborate to work out specific problems. They also discuss ways to integrate the curriculum and create a healthy, respectful learning environment at home.

Construyendo Escuelas Exitosas provides annual on-site and virtual training workshops for school directors, teachers, and parents. Each year of primary school has a different focus but builds on the previous year's skills: 

  • Year 1: Reading and writing
  • Year 2: Critical thinking and logic
  • Year 3: Communication
  • Year 4: Socialization
  • Year 5: Learning skills and personal development