The Instituto Radiofónico Fe y Alegría (IRFA- PERU) was created in April 2002 and has four training centers around Peru in the cities of Lima (21 groups of which 11 are partner institutions with which they have agreements), Iquitos (4 groups), Chimbote (3 groups) and Ica (8 groups) and it is also present in other countries in South America: Venezuela, Brazil, Ecuador, Bolivia, Paraguay, Colombia and El Salvador. It is an organization of public service and private administration that, through the interaction of the radio, printed material and advisory services; it develops its long distance educational program “APRENDIENDO EN CASA” that nowadays offers distance and non-distance education in their locations and circles, where education services are provided.
Aim of the program
This program that is called “APRENDIENDO EN CASA” (“LEARNING AT HOME”) provides a Basic Alternative Education by remote assistance via radio and it is geared towards young people older than 15 years old and adults in general, who have not been able to finish or have not even started their basic education (primary and secondary studies) when they had the chance for different reasons.
The program is focused on providing free basic education in a short time and with an official certification recognized by the Peruvian Ministry of Education, as it considers that education is a fundamental right that serves as a conduit to exercise the rest of human rights. In the same way, it seeks to reduce the high illiteracy rate in the region and give the opportunity to both young people and adults, to finish their basic education so they can go on to enter the non-formal education system. Lastly, the project wants to make it easy for students to get integrated in the productive processes and do other things like building a family and getting integrated in society, under better conditions.
What it is doing
The program provides basic education to a wide variety of groups but the profile of the students normally coincides. These are people that had to abandon or did not start their studies for various reasons or people that have to combine studying and working and want to finish their primary or secondary studies. At first, the 200 students that the program had were women but as the years went by, the number of students grew to 2300 of which 51% are men and 49% are women. At the same time, the number of Young people that joined the program also grew. The different groups of people that joined the program are very varied as we can find from housemakers to parents or to Young people that have been deprived of their freedom.
Nowadays, the program has two main education priorities that are considered to be fundamental. First of all, the program seeks to provide an inclusive education in order to meet the needs of their students. The program helps young people and adults that have problems with drugs, violence and/or have been deprived of their freedom so they can participate in society and improve their quality of life at a personal, family or social level. Moreover, it assists disabled people that did not get an education to enter into society, so they can do so as citizens in their own right.
The second priority of the program is to create and develop computer labs and decentralized production workshops in order to provide the basic needs for the students to enter the labor market so they can get an economic benefit from it and improve theirs and their family’s standard of living. In these workshops the acquired knowledge of the students in math, communication and social science amongst others, are applied in practice.
What it is achieved
Since its creation, IRFA Peru has acquired many achievements in education. The program “APRENDIENDO EN CASA” is the only national experience that provides a long distance education service and that has been considered by the MINEDU as a pilot experience for Alternative Basic Education. Moreover, it counts with self-instructive modules of Alternative Basic Education and with decentralized production workshops. The program offers two levels of study a year in which over 15 000 students got registered and from which 24 academic promotions of primary studies and 17 of secondary studies got graduated. Lastly, the program makes it possible for people in the cities of Lima, Callao, Ica, Ancash, Piura and Iquitos to have an access to education.
Who does it
The IRFA PERU team.