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The Peruvians spent the day Wednesday meeting with BISD educational specialists. On Thursday, they visited pre-kindergarten, kindergarten and first-grade classrooms at Gallegos and Yturria elementary schools. Their visit here is sponsored by the U.S. Agency for International Develop-ment and Family Health International 360.
Tour leader Desirée Pallais of the University of Texas at Austin said the group came to Brownsville to observe successful strategies for closing educational achievement gaps in hopes of implementing those strategies at home.
The Peruvians come from the San Martin, Ucayali and Lima areas in the east-central part of the country. During a morning roundtable discussion they expressed great interest in the achievement tests that are central to Texas’ educational system, as well as in bilingual education.
Maria Constancia Morales of the regional government of Ucayali said bilingual education is a major concern in Peru because of the country’s significant indigenous population. Peru faces the task of integrating speakers of seven distinct indigenous dialects into the country’s main language, Spanish.
“We want to learn from our experience here so that we can implement all that we observe and our children also can attain the level of literacy you have here,” Morales said with Pallais interpreting.
Brindis Ochoa of the USAID office in Lima said the tour was organized at the urging of Evelyn Rodriguez, USAID’s Peruvian envoy. The task of organizing the tour fell to Pallais, who is associated with The Meadows Center for Preventing Educational Risk in the College of Education at UT-Austin.
Veronica Caffo Suarez of Lima said the group has been welcomed “super well” everywhere it has gone. She said what group members are learning in Brownsville will be “useful in several areas, from educational management to classroom instruction.”
Pallais said the Peruvians and their Texas hosts have much in common.
“We share a common language, a common culture and a common commitment to improving literacy, particularly closing achievement gaps,” she said.