Peru is the third largest country in South America, rich in mineral resources and now with a renewed focus on education to revive an economy that has been vulnerable for the last decade. According to a whitepaper published in July 2014 by the Ministry of Education (MoE) in Peru, amongst other initiatives, teaching a foreign language, preferably English, is no longer optional, but a mandatory requirement for undergraduate students for a minimum duration of 5 years.
According to the British Council of Education Intelligence, President Ollanta Humala announced that bilingual education was a priority and set the goal of achieving bilingualism, with English as the priority language by 2021. Funding has been allocated to meet this goal with initial aims of English language reform to include more resources, increasing English lesson time at the higher education levels and prioritizing teacher training and professional development through online and face-to-face training. Additionally, in order to create a bilingual nation more resources have been marshaled for both student learning and teacher training. In 2016 alone, the goal is to equip 280,000 teachers with dual language skills.
Ultimately, growth in the amount of Peruvians that can speak English will improve employment. For example, foreign investors are showing increasing interest in Peru’s mineral wealth. The countries ability to boost English levels reflects its goal of expanding and globalizing the economy further.
Lingo Media’s ELL Technologies’ virtual English-language teaching platform is currently being deployed to students in the Universidad de San Martin de Porres and CERTUS, a leading educational Institution in Peru. The Universidad de San Martin has over 20,000 students over two main campuses in Lima and Chiclayo, Peru. The software platform has the ability to monitor and manage the progress of the student, assign activities, train pronunciation and the general spoken skills, interact with users, and save the information. This initiative is aimed to contribute to the digital transformation of English language learning in Peru.
Through Lingo Media’s distribution agreement with Telefónica Educación Digital, its English language learning portfolio of products is assertively being promoted and delivered to universities, colleges and vocational schools in Peru. Gali Bar-Ziv, COO of Lingo Media, commented on Telefonica and its recent contract with CERTUS, “Our partnership with Telefónica in Peru is based on their commitment to promoting and advancing the digital transformation of education in Peru. This contract is a resounding example of what this partnership can achieve and it is a strong endorsement of our software, to be adopted by CERTUS, a leader in Peru’s education sector.”
There are more than 80 Universities in Peru with over 500,000 students of which 18 were listed in the top 300 in Latin America. Furthermore, in all of Latin America there are approximately 1,300 Universities, creating immense opportunity for growth for Lingo Media as it deploys its software and helps ‘Change the Way the World Learns English’.