Peru Quality Basic Education Reform Support Project (SUMA)
The Peru Quality Basic Education Reform Support project, implemented by FHI 360 and its partner, Research Triangle International (RTI), continues work begun under AprenDes. The AprenDes project, funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development, introduced the active school methodology to more than 275 schools and developed new approaches to support education decentralization.
The active school methodology combines student-centered learning in the classroom with parent and community participation in school management. The current project, known in Peru as SUMA, helps introduce active schools in three of Peru’s regions.
To encourage system-wide support for Peru’s education policy reform, the project promotes policy dialogue between the government and civil society, enabling civil society organizations to better advocate for education. The project also helps build civil society oversight of the education system to ensure government accountability for progress in education reform.
SUMA supports education system decentralization by equipping the Ministry of Education and regional and local governments to design management structures and processes, develop systems to use data for decision making, and strengthen budgeting and project design.
The project works with the ministry to improve in-service teacher training programs and help regional governments design and implement their own systems for teacher professional development. SUMA strengthens the capacity of coaches to support teachers in the classroom. The project also is helping the Ministry of Education design a new teacher performance evaluation system.
SUMA supports public–private partnerships to implement innovative education methodologies and best practices through the creation of a Partnership Challenge Fund.