Discover the Fantastic World of Books: Building a Bilingual Library for a New Generation of Intercultural Learners

When I arrived as a volunteer in Santa Clara over nine months ago, I was shocked by how few children I saw reading. Books in the rural indigenous school system, I was to learn, often sit for years locked away in cupboards collecting dust and getting devoured by jungle bugs. Though the Peruvian government has established a bilingual educational program to reach the Shipibo in their native tongue, implementation is highly ineffective. Students experience an abrupt shift from learning mainly in Shipibo in primary school to almost exclusively in Spanish as soon as they enter high school, when most youth … Continue reading Discover the Fantastic World of Books: Building a Bilingual Library for a New Generation of Intercultural Learners