Our education support for children and vulnerable young people in Peru focuses on two areas – vocational training, and supporting formal education.
Children who have come from high-risk backgrounds, such as street children, need more support than most in making the transition from school to the workplace. There is often a stigma associated with street children which they find hard to shake off. LAFF invests in vocational training for them to give them a head start. Our training support has helped children to gain practical skills such as bread-making, growing vegetables, looking after guinea pigs and sewing.
LAFF has supported vocational training within children’s homes but is always looking at new models to provide this in the most appropriate way for each child as well as each home and city.
Educational Cost Support
Although a state education system exists in Peru, it is a right that many cannot access, due to the costs of uniforms, books, and transport, or pressure to work. Children who are not able to attend school not only miss out on an education, they are also at high risk of exploitation and become trapped in a cycle of poverty and social exclusion. Many children in the care of our partners have been unable to attend school for years, if at all.
As well as providing grants to cover the costs of uniforms, school subscription fees, books and transport to children’s organisations, we also help with out-of-school support for the children who are struggling to catch up after years outside the formal education system, providing computers and hardware, equipping libraries with books and interactive games, and covering wages for on-site teachers to provide one-on-one support to those children struggling most to keep up.