Following protests of over a million Peruvians, the Peruvian government has withdrawn a national school curriculum denounced by parents for its inclusion of gender ideology.
Peru’s Department of Education announced in a November 24 statement that the 2009 version of the National Curriculum would be reinstated in the nation’s schools. The 2009 curriculum does not have the gender ideology elements contained in the 2016 version approved for 2017.
The parents’ group organized under the hashtag #ConMisHijosNoTeMetas (Don’t you mess with my children) called the move “new victory for parents.”
Population Research Institute’s Latin American researcher Sergio Burga concurred in a statement to ACI Prensa translated by National Catholic Register, saying that the Department of Education’s decision to reverse 2016 curriculum was “a great victory for the thousands of parents represented by #ConMisHijosNoTeMetas.”
Peru’s Department of Education had approved the 2017 National Curriculum for Basic Education in late 2016 amidst criticism from parents, teachers and the Catholic Church, along with a number of Christian groups in the country.
The #ConMisHijosNoTeMetas group organized marches in March 2017, assembling more than 1.5 million Peruvians to protest against gender ideology.
The Peruvian bishops’ conference (Conferencia Episcopal Peruana) was among those critical of the Education Department’s new curriculum for its inclusion of “concepts which do not proceed from the Constitution, but rather are taken from so-called gender ideology.”
In August, Peru’s Superior Court of Justice ruled in favor of another parents group, Parents in Action (Padres en Acción), which had sued the Department of Education, arguing that the curriculum was a move to indoctrinate schoolchildren with gender ideology.