Many schools in remote Andean communities lack basic services such as electricity and clean drinking water. The lack of access to information and communications technology leaves these communities isolated from the advantages of a modern education, and consequently students’ learning achievements are often low. The lack of internet access is a particular disadvantage to pupils when they continue to secondary school and Higher Education.
Together with Aspera, we are working to improve the education of students at eight primary schools in the Apurimac region of Peru. We are piloting the use of clean energy, such as solar panels, to provide these schools with access to basic services, such as energy and clean water. Information and communications technology, such as laptops, servers and routers are also being installed, connecting these schools to the internet. The wider community will also benefit from this technology and be trained in how to use the ICT equipment, enabling them to connect with the rest of the world too.
Enabling schools to access to the internet can be transformational; helping teachers to access the national curriculum - which they currently can’t do. It will also enable teachers to take advantage of technological resources developed by the Ministry of Education through the digital PeruEduca system. As part of this project we will also be working with the regional and local government to train them in managing ICT resources provided to educational faculties.