Schools for their children have been the most urgent and persistent priority of the Q’ero communities we work with. We’ve responded by building 11 classrooms and funding related costs. The development of unique educational content, including digital archives fuels a multi-sensory and culturally relevant learning experience.
The mountain children are enthusiastic about attending school. Many never hold a pencil or crayon or hold a book until they start school at age 5 or 6. They are eager and quick learners. But they face many challenges as learners.
There is a critical shortage of teachers willing to move to the Q’ero villages due to the constant cold, remote locations, lack of services, and difficult living conditions. In fact, every year months can pass with no teachers coming to some of the more remote villages. The classrooms sit empty.
Heart Walk Foundation addresses this critical situation by providing basic teacher housing and additional pay in villages where needed.