ABOUT CHICUCHAS WASY GIRLS
Chicuchas Wasi students come from underserved poor rural communities where extreme distance to few public schools, cost for the required school uniforms and supplies for public school make education unavailable, especially for girls. Parents and their daughters are interviewed and selected by CW staff based on need and to be sure they have no other education options for their daughter. Students who met the CW criteria are enrolled free of charge to the family.
At Chicuchas Wasi School for Girls promotes gender equality, self-esteem, and human dignity for indigenous girls of rural Cusco, Peru, by educating, empowering, and preparing them for economic independence and unlimited opportunity.
Each classroom has a name representing a value for students to focus on for the year:
Kindergarten – 2 classrooms Princess and Wings
First grade is Honesty
Second grade is Responsibility
Third Grade is Love
Fourth Grade is Solidarity
Fifth Grade is Respect
Sixth Grade is Dignity
Their curriculum includes quality primary education using interactive teaching methods to build self-confidence, encourage self-expression and fully engage the girls in the lesson. For example: making costumes from recycled materials to be used to act out in ‘theater style’ a part of history; kindergarten students learn to stand in front of the entire student body and teachers to recite their poem; older students model for younger students levels of empowerment achieved.