Girl Most Likely To: Become a Teacher, Despite the Odds

Girl Most Likely To: Become a Teacher, Despite the Odds

Eulalia Ely Quispe Halanocca lives in Puno, Peru at the top of a mountain with her parents and six brothers. Her mother Maruja  is a housewife and her father Edwin is an alpaca shepherd. While there were schools in her region, they only taught in Spanish, which is a big problem for a girl who has grown up speaking only Quechua at home.

So Eulalia began attending boarding school during the week in the province of Azángaro, riding down the mountain with her father on his motorcycle.

At her school, the Institución Educativa Particular Mirasol, Eulalia is able to learn in both Spanish and Quechua.  CARE supplied bilingual books to the school, and provided technical assistance for teachers who were learning to teach in both languages.

Eulalia is just one of the many indigenous Peruvian children, living in remote and rural areas isolated from urban and modern Peruvian society.  Multicultural teaching allows these children to go school, simultaneously strengthening their confidence in their own cultural identity, as well as gaining access to more life opportunities by learning both in their local language and Spanish. These lessons will last a lifetime.