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Fe y Alegria in Peru

Historical summary
Lines of action
New challenges

Historical summary

Fe y Alegría en Perú (6Kb)Fe y Alegria Peru began its activities in 1966 with five schools established in poor zones which lie on the outskirts of Lima.  Its foundation was promoted by Fr Jose Maria Velaz and was supported by Fe y Alegria Venezuela in its first years; much support also came from religious and other teachers of Peru.  From then on the activities of Fe y Alegria Peru have grown ceaselessly, extending its outreach and its educational methods to the marginal neighborhoods of the large cities and to rural, mountain and jungle zones.

Fe y Alegría en Perú (6Kb)In years 1967 to 1974 the major emphasis was on organizing and training work teams to direct the movement, pedagogical guidance of the centers, fostering relations with the government and searching for sources of finance.  During this stage we strengthened the programs of teacher training, promoted deliberation about popular education and technical training, and impelled construction of schools and expansion to other provinces.  Between 1975 and 1979 emphasis was put on fortifying the administrative team and improving pedagogical training, and technical instruction was improved through workshops and a more integral formation.  Guidelines were also set for new construction projects.

The decade of the ‘80s was characterized by greater concern for educational quality, based on a more profound understanding of the Mission Statement of Fe y Alegria and on better guidelines for school organization.  In the decade of the ‘90s, with the benefit of a maturity acquired over the years, we undertook a policy of diversifying our educational projects.  Thus there  arose the “Self-employment Programs”, the founding of schools in the jungle, the expansion of rural education by means of networks of schools, the “Children’s Defense Office”, and the Parents’ School.  All of these efforts respond to our commitment to helping to resolve the concrete needs of the most disadvantaged sectors so that they become themselves the main protagonists in improving their quality of life.

Lines of action

  1. Formal Education:  at pre-primary, primary, secondary and special levels, in 136 schools located in marginal urban neighborhoods and in impoverished rural areas.
  2. Rural Education Projects: their objective is to support and to train  teachers of small rural public schools, so that in a coordinated way they can share by zone resource materials, a pedagogical support team, programming and ongoing formation activities.
  3. Technical Education Projects: secondary schools students are offered more than 200 workshops in which they can learn specialties such as carpentry, tailoring, electricity, computerized secretarial work, ceramics, nutrition, among other courses.  There are also Work Education Centers for young people and adults.  The Youth Employment Creation Program offers young people between 18 and 25 years of age a rapid training in the workshops of Fe y Alegria, followed by paid and supervised practical experience in small businesses.
  4. Children’s Defense: a program in the schools which seeks to eradicate child abuse.
  5. Training and ongoing guidance for teachers: the Pedagogy Department of the national office seeks to promote educational quality throughout the network of schools and to guide the implementation of the official instructions of the Ministry of Education on the basis of theories and knowledge gained in specific research projects.


  1. Accompanying thousands of families which, starting from the decade of the ‘60s, have migrated from the country to the poor neighborhoods of the big cities to set up their houses with four posts and some straw mats, in sandy desert or on steep and rocky hillside, seeking better conditions for survival.  When the social and economic crisis and the terrorist violence have been fiercely battering Peru, the schools of Fe y Alegria and the presence of the religious communities alongside the poorest people have been sources of pacification and hope.
  2. The democratic participation of administrators, parents and townsfolk in the construction and operation of the schools, as well as in their maintenance and continuance.  In this way the people have steadily gained a progressive civic and social consciousness.
  3. The presence of a solid, integral human and Christian formation; the commitment and mystique of the teachers; the participation of the students themselves in the learning process; the outreach of the student body towards the community; the maintenance of the school plant with the collaboration of parents and students.
  4. The collaboration and support of the government and the Peruvian society in general, which help to sustain the work of Fe y Alegria through agreements, campaigns, contributions, etc.

New challenges

  1. Intensifying the efforts to improve the quality of the education.
  2. Giving children and young people a theoretical and technical formation which helps them face life with hopes of success.
  3. Transforming the schools into integral service platforms for the communities so that there is more contact with and commitment to the same communities.
  4. Promoting increased local participation in projects at different levels: a) participation of the benefited communities from the start in the construction of the educational infrastructure, by means of their labor and other inputs; b) participation of the national government by means of payment of teachers, official recognition of the curriculum, medical attention for all students, training of teachers and support for different activities which are programmed; and c) participation of the national office of Fe y Alegria by means of its complete technical competence in the formulation, execution, management and follow-up of the projects.
  5. Initiating activities for the founding of a Radio Education Institute.



Director: Juan Cuquerella S.J.
Oficina: Cahuide, 884, Aptdo. 11-0277
Jesús María. Lima 11 - Perú
Teléfonos: (51) 14713428
Fax: (51) 14703088
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