After periods of mass inflation and political insurrection through the 1980s and 1990s, Peru has blossomed economically over the last few years and has become a major tourist destination. In the educational realm, this is reflected by an ever-increasing number of overseas students coming to the country to study for short- and long-term programs. The country still faces challenges in offering equal educational opportunities to all its citizens.
While public education is free, private schools operate at all levels of the education system. Schools in both the public and private sectors follow the national curriculum, set federally and overseen by local education authorities, as mandated in a 2008 ministerial decree.
The academic school year is entirely contained with one calendar year, running from the beginning of March through to November/December. The reason for this is that Peru sits in the southern hemisphere, so autumn there begins in March and the summer holidays are taken from the end of December to February. There is also a winter holiday in July, although the exact timing varies by region.
The language of instruction is Spanish. However, in some regional primary schools, a local language such as Aymará or Quechua is the language of instruction with Spanish offered as a second language.
Colegio Roosevelt is the official U.S. State Department Office of Overseas Education School in Peru and serves the international business and diplomatic community, as well as host country nationals seeking a North American-style of education.
Founded in 1907 by Catholic priest Father Jorge Dintilhac of the Congregation of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary, the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú (PUCP) - Pontifical Catholic University of Peru is a non-profit private higher education institution in Lima.
Established in 1551 as the first official university on the American continent, the Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos (UNMSM) is not only the oldest and the longest continuously operating university in the Americas, but also the most respected higher-education institution in Peru.
San Silvestre School is a British Peruvian girls only school offering a combination of British and Peruvian education. The total enrollment is about 1400; most students are Peruvian, but a variety of different nationalities can be found.
The Abraham Lincoln School is a Peruvian North American school aiming at educating bilingual students, giving them a solid foundation using state of the art technology and current methodologies and preparing them for a constantly changing globalized world.
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