The international educational program Experimento is currently active in eleven countries in Europe, Latin America, and Africa.
Educational requirements are different in every country and are strongly influenced by cultural factors. This is why local partners such as education ministries and universities are involved in all the countries. The cooperation with local educational partners helps meet the specific teaching and learning requirements of each country.
Education is an engine of economic development all around the world. In Peru, which has experienced a dynamic growth in recent years, the modernization of the education system plays a central role on the political agenda. The government is primarily focusing on early support of preschool and elementary school children and strengthening mathematics, technology and science.
Siemens Stiftung is supporting the education reforms by integrating the educational program Experimento into the local educational landscape. Training seminars, materials and experiment kits are expanding the training and continuing education provision for educational professionals in science and technology subjects, and boosting learning through discovery in lessons. Together with local education experts, we selected the experiments that matched the country's requirements and adapted the training sessions to the curriculum in as early as 2012.
On the ground, Siemens Stiftung works with local partner Instituto Apoyo, which specializes in innovative didactic approaches and it is active throughout the whole country. Instituto Apoyo has adapted Experimento to fit into the national context. In the 2013 school year, initial pilot programs for Experimento I 4+ were held together with local education authorities and with the growing support of the private sector. These took place in the Piura region in the north of the country and the Gran Lima region in central Peru. Experimento I 4+ has also been used in southern Peru in the Arequipa region since 2014.
Implementation of the Experimento I 8+ and Experimento I 10+ modules is planned for the future. A further aim is the long-term integration into the public school system through teacher training seminars and further expansion of public-private partnerships targeted at STEM subjects. Discussions chaired and coordinated by Instituto Apoyo are taking place with universities, educational authorities and local companies. The focus is on creating three STEM regions in Piura, Gran Lima and Arequipa.