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Alvaro Henzler

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When I mention a characteristic or a person or an institution I'll ask you to stand. If I say for example if you attended "Colegio Santa María" school. You stand. If I say for example that ... you are CEO of a company you stand. Who went to "Colegio Santa María" school? Who went to Markham school? Roosevelt? No, keep standing. Do not sit. Don't be lazy. Roosevelt? Markham? Villa Maria? Santa Ursula? Who went to the "Universidad del Pacífico"? To the "Universidad de Lima"? To the "Universidad Católica"? Who ranked first or second in his class? Who works in a leading company in its industry? Ok. Thank you very much. I go now to Arequipa. I go now to Arequipa. In this badly drawn Misti [volcano]. And near Arequipa, near the Misti. In a rural area, there is this small school. This small school called El Cural. And in El Cural there are some students. And when Yasmani went to this school and the list showed that there were 15 students, he came to class the first day he found only 4. He had to go down that little hill and knock each door to each one of the farmers, parents of students so that those 4 students and the other 11 that did not go to school because they received a poor education and it was preferable to work on the fields begin to go. Yasmani did not manage to get the 15 but in one and a half months got 12. Yasmani teaches in fourth grade. Think of someone you know who is right now in the fourth-grade age And what he / she can do and what he / she can't. Yasmani, in these 12 students, found that only 3 of them in fourth grade, knew how to read or write, minimally. My niece who is in first grade, already speaks English. And Yasmani achieved during these 6 or 7 months not only to get from 4 to 12. But that these 3 were able to get to 9. I present Yasmani. He is from Puno. He rejected an offer in Southern and now is a teacher. The other day I was in a ladys' school near the Barracones del Callao, 3 blocks away. And I find a teacher that tells me a story that goes: "Last year there was a student, a group of students, that when the math teacher came to give his talk, the students were at the end of the room painting their nails. And the next day the teacher entered the classroom to deliver his talk on mathematics the girls were at the end of the class painting their nails. On the third day the teacher enters the math class lecture and the same girls were painting their nails". A whole year the girls painted their nails. While listening to people talking abour polynomials or algebra. It passed only a little over a year for that same student that painted her nails, in the middle of the Barracones Del Callao, through Vilma, could understand and grab a taste for mathematics. And not only that, but she dared to compete in a local competition, regional and then national. And she won a mathematics Olympics in Peru. She is Vilma and they are her students. Lenin studied in Sarita Colonia. This overcrowded prison that has many schools around it. It is that dangerous place where none of us would like to be. Lenin lives there, his father is a policeman and his mother is a teacher. And Lenin wants to be policeman or teacher. Throughout his life until a teacher came in who taught him mathematics and physics. And found in Lenin a particular liking for physics. They began to experiment and he found that the child and adolescent wanted to discover and create more and more. Until he created a rocket. He created a rocket with such sophistication, that he dared to, sponsored by Pepe, his teacher, apply for a contest in town, which he won. Some months later, after intense competition, Lenin went, on behalf of Peru, to Australia. Because he had won this physics contest to create rockets. This is Pepe, this is Lenin. Representing Peru from Sarita Colonia, from the most dangerous place in Peru, in Australia. And he doesn't want to be a teacher anymore. Or policeman. But has aspirations of maybe being a great scientist. And I wonder what happened ... in this group of students in rural Arequipa? What happened to these girls who painted their nails in the Barracones Del Callao? What happened in Lenin's story, in Sarita Colonia, the poor place without water? Nothing changed in the Barracones, nothing changed in the rurality of Arequipa, nothing changed in the Barracones Del Callao or Pachacutec or in the poor areas. Nothing changed. Only one thing changed. There was someone who believed in the potential of these students. There was someone who could transform the life trajectory of these people. Nothing has changed. In poverty levels. Or violence. Or rurality. Everything remained the same. Only there was a glimmer of hope, not of a teacher, but of being able to remove the sometimes forgotten dust in the potential that these students had. And one wonders, how to transform or change this path of life? Yasmani knew that, despite the rural nature of these students, they could learn in the cognitive. Learning. Vilma knew it was not a matter of not knowing math that they polished their nails but that they didnt' have the affection to, amidst the violence of the Barracones Del Callao, feel good about who they were and where they wanted to go. Affection. And finally, Lenin: to open his eyes from the violence of Sarita Colonia to the world and to realize that if he tries, he can reach Australia today with that rocket of life's dreams wherever he wants to go, through people. Learning, affection and aspiration. How is this all possible? How is it possible to already have today an education revolution in many places? It's about you. It's about people that can put their courage, their life, available to others. It's simply about teachers. And not only about teachers, but teachers who can be effective in classrooms and that can transform not only the environment but the people so they can take and transform their environment. And this is "Enseña Peru." Enseña Peru has a nation-wide vision. It has a vision that someday. Someday, all Peruvian children will have the opportunity to acquire what they, minimally deserve. That is an excellent education. And for that, we commit the most talented graduates. To go teach in the most vulnerable schools. To show that in the most vulnerable places there is perhaps the wealth, the wisdom and the greatest potential of this country. And we didn't achive that vision alone. Enseña Peru will be one element in a nation-wide formula. And that's why we call ourselves a "beacon". We are already in Pachacutec and Sarita Colonia in Callao. We are already in some rural areas of Arequipa and Cerro Colorado. We are going next year to Cajamarca. But we will never be in the whole country. We will be just a light of excellence to demonstrate that, when someone like you dares to show their talent to the so-called vulnerability, but rather the potential of this country, we are able to, without waiting many years, generate transformation and radiate, like a beacon of hope and good practice. Why are we bad in education? Why is there so much inequality in Peruvian education? Why do we rank last in the lists? Why? And the list of causes is huge for sure. And there are many here who could make a theoretical list, scientifically proven on why Peru's education is so bad. One question. Who from the ones here Who from the ones present here works full time for public education in Peru? I want them to stand. Working full time for public education in this country. Three. Of which, two are from Enseña Peru. (Laughs) (Applause) You know what the real problem in this country is? It is not poverty, violence, drugs, corruption, politics. The real problem is that when I asked for ten institutions, 95% stood. Ten institutions that represent the most talented in this country. And of that 100%, 3 work today to face our greatest challenge as a society. It is not about the president. Not about Congress. It is not about laws. It is about how Peruvians and its most talented percentage put their service every day to face our greatest challenge. The real inequality that exists in Peru is one of talent allocation. The greatest number of most talented people in this country, for good reasons, is in that side of the corporation. But thanks to them, and thanks to you, we have today: one of the best economies, one of the best cuisines, one of the best finances, one of the best cultures. Because today, people like you are working every day for that. And you know why is education as it is? Because only three go to work on that. The question we ask ourselves is "How to build a country?" How do we want our country to be? We all make ourselves this question. We do it to ourselves. To our students, we do it before going to sleep. We do it when we vote. Or when we know a result. Or we do it when we hear others talk about experiences. And I think that ... the best way to build a country is as it is defined in South Korea. In South Korea there is a person that is called "shaper of the nation." Shaper of the nation. Is he the president? No. Is he the Congressman? No. Is he the CEO? No. Is he the principal? No. The shaper of the nation in South Korea is the public teacher. The one who is everyday responsible for 30-40 students and gives everything to get everything from them. Today in Peru there are 300 000 teachers who should be appointed and admired by us, who are the shapers of this country. And today, in this small effort of a beacon that is Enseña Peru. If you count the desks, there are 26. Because, from them, Ruth and Roland, who stood, today end their 2-year process of being teachers in the most vulnerable schools in Peru. But the challenge does not end there. We want people like Ruth, like Rolando and other 24 who belong to the first class of Enseña Peru to radiate their experience to the country. To go to work, yes, to the "Universidad Católica", the "Universidad del Pacifico, IPAE. We want them to go to work to different places. To tell their story. To tell their story that in the most vulnerable places they could get the best out of this country. They did not spend much time for it to happen. To build a country. Starts from one classroom. And it begins that the whole society starts to worry: "What happens in the Peruvian classroom?" And starts to wonder "What is my role in building this country?" These 26 young leaders calling themselves crazy In this titanic task of bringing out the best in the worst places. Will end in December this challenge. And I'm sure they will be the best example of leadership for this country. Because they showed courage, conviction, perseverance and showed an enormous sense of possibility. Showed that in a short time you can transform many things. I have spoken and I have 2:35 left. And ... it sometimes seems that in education ... time does not count too much. I was checking CADE material from 1993-1994 the other day. And I read the educational goals. The education strategies. More than 15 years ago. And they are exactly the same ones we set today. Not only do we lack a personal commitment. We lack a sense of real urgency that today the country is in its worst crisis of its history. Because today of the 8 million students, almost 7 do not receive the education they deserve. And if we look at the clock ... and we start thinking that ... our country can no longer hold having bad education, not even a minute... I am sure that us, from our roles, will do something to change that. For that to change, as the life of this girl in Puno. That has the desire to play, to dare, to play the world. Supported by her friend. And does not imagine she is receiving a poor education. But we have the responsibility as a society to assure her that her dreams are fulfilled. That her convictions and passions are channeled to where she imagines. In Lenin's rocket. And when that one day... That one day we have a good education for all ... begins today. And starts today if in this room of 400, we do something different, starting tomorrow. To get directly involved in our main challenge as a country. And where the role is everyone's. The courage, humanity. Humanity and perseverance ... is what will determine how to get to who we want to be. But that coming will imply a personal decision. From each of the Peruvians. To be proud very soon. Not only to eat good, not only to be protected from global crises not only to be leaders of a wonderful ancient culture. But to say, in another country with pride: "My country is a country where everyone gets a good quality education." "And I belong to that country". And when we say that, one day, we will not only enjoy the wonders of Peru ... but we will do so sharing with wonderful Peruvians. Thank you very much.

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Duration: 19 minutes
Country: Peru
Language: Spanish (Spain)
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Posted by: michaelb on Apr 24, 2012

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