RPP news in Peru had an interesting article about poverty in Peru. It is a hopeful article in that the UN believes that Peru can reduce its current poverty rate of 30% to 10% by 2021, when Peru celebrates 200 years. Unfortunately, many people in Peru do not believe that the poverty rate is only 30%- most believe it to be higher. But, I will take good news when I can get it.
I looked, then, at the poverty rate in the school district where I work. Using the ‘free and reduced lunch’ rate, Peru is in better condition than the children in the Saint Paul Public Schools when one looks at poverty.