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Educating with a radio

Children and teenagers lead the first educational and Quechua-speaking radio show of their area as part of Plan International´s project.

The school “San Juan Bautista”, located in Cusco, has a little over 120 students, counting both boys and girls. Most of them have Quechua, one of Peru’s national languages, as their maternal language. However, the contents they are exposed to, ranging from TV and radio shows to information issued by local authorities, are in Spanish.

In the face of this, an idea was born: to create an alternative media outlet for children and teenagers fully in Quechua. In 2012, school authorities and Plan International worked together to design and implement the project “Educating with a radio”. The project’s objective was to develop communicational skills in children and teenagers through a radio show that they –themselves- would produce and broadcast.

Children in the radio station are broadcasting their show
Children broadcasting radio show on children's rights.

This is the first educational radio show of the area, and also the first one that addresses children and teenagers in Quechua. For this reason, they have become a great success, and the show is now listened to in 10 rural communities of Cusco.