We cannot accuse them of being “dropout” students. Four Peruvian children, aged 10 to 16, climbed a hill every day, so they could take distance education during the pandemic.

Because in Conaviri, not far from Lake Titicaca, the mobile phone network can only be received at the top of a mountain.

In order to benefit from the “learn at home” program set up by the Ministry of Education due to the closure of schools due to the pandemic, Roxana, 16, Alberto 15, Juan Carlos 13 and Alvaro , 10 years old, made this ascent every day with their mother Raymunda Charca.

Children of shepherds

The 43-year-old mother helped her children attend school, while her husband Juan Cabrera, a shepherd, looked after the cattle in this region populated by the Quechuas, the majority ethnic group in Peru.

The children received a phone call or WhatsApp every morning from Mery Quispe Achata, a schoolteacher from Conaviri, who dictated their lessons from a distance.

After a 100-day national population containment, Peru began deconfinement on July 1 in 18 out of 25 regions, including those of Lima, Cuzco and Puno, on the border with Bolivia, where the children reside.

This country of 33 million inhabitants has recorded more than 375,000 cases of coronavirus and 17,843 deaths. It is the second most affected country in Latin America after Brazil.