Top News from Peru

Top News from Peru: January 24-28, 2011

Highest Reading Comprehension Level Expected to be met by 30% of Students

Thirty percent of students are expected to be able to read at the highest level by the end of this year, an increase from 23.3% last year. The highest level of reading means the students can fully comprehend the material after one reading. This does not mean that the other students can not read, they may need to read it several times through, or may not be able to comprehend the material in its entirety. Idel Vexter, Vice Minister of Educational Management, feels that reading programs that have been implemented, such as Promolibro, have helped increase the reading comprehension levels of Peruvian students.

More than 500 Communities in Huancavelica are being Reforested to Counteract Climate Change

As part of eight projects in Huancavelica to help preserve and protect the environment from climate change, over 500 rural communities are being reforested. The reforestation is taking place through the middle of 2012, and many of the plants are grown in nurseries by the members of the communities taking part in the reforestation projects.

Mining fund trains 500 teachers in rural Peru 

An educational fund by Antamina mining company has been used for additional training for 500 Peruvian teachers. “Teachers will receive training in communication reading comprehension, mathematics, computer literacy and general knowledge of the country’s current events.”  The main objective is to improve the regular education teachers’ skills and knowledge. Teachers who score 14 or above when assessed by the Ministry of Education will have access to specialized teaching courses to further their education.

Peru to Suffer La Niña through April 2011

Effects of La Niña, such as floods in Australia and droughts in Peru and other area of Latin America, are expected to continue through the first part of 2011 and may continue into early May.  According to the WMO, this La Niña is ¨one of the strongest of the last century¨, and will affect weather in other countries throughout the world.  La Niña has no long-term trends that have been found, but lasts 9-12 months at a time and occurs every 2-7 years.


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