The Village of Chinchero is located 30 km of Cusco city. In this village the school of Tupac Yupapnquin is located. The school is one of the very few schools in the Cusco region that pays attention to music and art. As this is an important part of Cusco society and in general Peru, Cultural Immersion supports this project.
The director of Cultural Immersion, Eduardo Becerra says, Most of the children, living in the village of Chinchero have low economical resources because their parents work in agriculture. This project gives them the opportunity to express their creativity and develop their talents. Hopefully, we can continue contributing to this project in the future.
Moreover, this project ensures that talented children have a chance to develop their musical and creative talents even more. Together with the teachers and a very devoted local artist the children are taught all the disciplines in music and art. The school recently established better learning facilities for the children, for instance, new buildings. Cultural Immersion believes this school has a lot of potential to grow and has an ambitious staff. Therefore, Cultural Immersion is willing to support this school for the long term and will provide materials including musical instruments.
The children will perform regularly in certain events in the Cusco region, to demonstrate what they have learned in the music and art classes and sometimes in cooperation with other schools. Cultural exchange is important to Cultural Immersion so the school will be performing with the McDonogh School from the United States June 16th here in Cusco.
Cultural Immersion and the teachers of the Princeton Montessori School in New Jersey, USA donated instruments to the Inca Tupac Yupanqui School in Chincheros
As part of their Peru trip, a group of teachers from the Princeton Montessori School, New Jersey, came to Cusco to visit several schools in the region.
One of the schools was the Inca Tupac Yupanqui School in Chincheros, located approximately forty minutes from the city of Cusco. The teachers and the representative from Cultural Immersion have been welcomed by the students, who performed music, singing traditional songs and presenting local poetry as a thank for the reception of the donated instruments. Cultural Immersion started working with the Inca Tupac Yupanqui School in March 2013. As they first were taught to sing, and to perform in a choir, they will now learn how to play an instrument. For all participants of the project it is important to support the children of Chincheros in their musical education, to support their talents. Therefore, the donation of instruments to the school has been an important part to realize this project.
The teachers of the Princeton Montessori School also went to visit the San Luis Gonzaga School in Maras, a small village located around one hour away from Cusco, where they also have been warmly welcomed by the children, expressing their traditional arts. At this school, the teachers distributed school suppliers to the children; exercise books, pencils, etc., to help the children in need.
In the end it was an intensive and interesting day for both, the group and the students, and an important step to support the children in the Andean communities.