The needs Living Libraries meet are clear and urgent. It’s all about understanding literacy.


Peruvian national schools do not have libraries. Poor students who do not have access to books at home do not even have access to books at school. It is impossible for students to practice reading with enjoyable, age-appropriate books.


Few Peruvians read habitually for pleasure, and reading comprehension is much lower than the country’s technical literacy rate.  In the 2015 Programme for International Student Assessment, Peru ranked 63rd of 70 countries in reading comprehension.


Peruvian national school teachers are often under-equipped to teach reading comprehension effectively and do not have professional development opportunities.

CUDA provides practical, effective, long-term solutions to these problems in schools throughout Arequipa.