Video Interview: In First Person – 7

Mrs. Maritza Pfuño Diaz lives with her two sons and one daughter in San Juan de Lurigancho, the most populous district in Lima, Peru. Watch this week’s video to hear about how she is getting her family through the many challenges of the pandemic, including accessing distance learning with limited technology.

Peru has employed a national online learning strategy called “Aprendo en Casa” (“I Learn at Home”) to reach children while schools are closed. Approximately 61% of Peruvian households that do not have steady access to the internet, and families like Maritza’s must use their cell phones to provide internet access to their children. “Aprendo en Casa” is also broadcast daily via television and radio to broaden its reach. Unsurprisingly, districts with large concentrations of poor students have been among the least able to access online learning during the pandemic. Meanwhile, parents (mothers in particular) continue to bear the brunt of managing their children’s education while struggling to make ends meet for their family.

We invite you to view the entire series of videos on our YouTube channel.

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