Conference participants at the 2nd “Encuentro Andino” in Puno

DVV International has been active in Peru since 2010 and focuses on strengthening non-formal youth and adult education. With a share of about 32 percent of indigenous groups, the population of Peru is extremely heterogeneous. Young Peruvians especially suffer from rising unemployment, which becomes all the more serious, the lower the (school) education. Overall, there is a low level of education in the rural areas: 19.4 percent of women and men living there have no formal education or are illiterate.

In order to improve at least the basic education situation, since 2005 public education centres have been established nationwide which, in addition to primary education, offer literacy programmes. But these centres can only insufficiently cover the existing needs and, like the non-formal education sector as a whole, do not do justice to the requirements of disadvantaged groups in Peru. The reason for this is mainly inadequate funding and a lack of appreciation for the value of the sector.

Main focus of work

Improving the adult education offer: On the basis of the new national curriculum for basic education, the Institute is developing, along with its partner organisations, demand-oriented educational programmes for target groups, especially in rural areas. This also includes, for example, offers for distance education and intercultural adult education programmes. Moreover, DVV International strengthens local education networks and their stakeholders (training centres, teachers, students).

Promotion of sustainable development: Through the qualification and strengthening of local networks and their supervisors, DVV International promotes sustainable development and political participation.

Improving employment-oriented offers: Through innovative learning and training opportunities (Cooperativas Estudiantiles) the Institute promotes, along with its partner organisations, vocational activities for young small entrepreneurs in the urban sector of Lima.

Qualification of teachers and trainers: The professionalisation of management staff of public adult education centres is being driven through the development of education and further training opportunities and an adult education diploma course.

Strengthening the sector of youth and adult education: Through the creation and targeted dissemination of analyses and studies on current developments of youth and adult education, DVV International supports the exchange of knowledge and experience between the various adult education stakeholders.


Central point of contact in the state sector is the national Ministry of Education or its departments responsible for youth and adult education. The most important civil society cooperation partners are currently five youth and adult education designated NGOs: Instituto de Pedagogía Popular (IPP), Asociación de Publicaciones Educativas (TAREA), Instituto Bartolomé de las Casas (IBC), Equipo de Educación y Autogestión Social (EDAPROSPO) and Asociación Fe y Alegría del Perú.

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