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Backus Virtual School and TUP issue certificates to teachers (Translation)

29 October 2010

Commitment to education and development of teachers' skills

- Around 170 teachers from the capital city and other provinces participated.
- The free courses offered were: Teaching Environmental Education and Management of Administrative Skills Training.
- Mrs. Malena Morales Valentín, Backus Sustainable Development Director, Mrs. Irene Hardy, TUP Director, and close to 80 teachers and special guests were present at the graduation ceremony.

Lima, October 19, 2010. This year, Backus Virtual School trained more than 170 elementary education teachers from Lima, Puno, Arequipa, Chiclayo, Cusco and Trujillo. Fundación Cisneros offered two courses from its "Teacher Upgrade Programme" (TUP).

Malena Morales, Backus Sustainable Development Director, stated that "Backus Virtual School aims to contribute to improving the quality of Peruvian education by helping teachers develop new skills and providing them with educational resources that will enhance their teaching practises with new technologies."

The courses that were offered online free of charge were: Teaching Environmental Education and Management of Administrative Skills Training:

- Teaching Environmental Education aims to make methodology strategies available to elementary teachers which will help them motivate students and involve them in the conservation of the environment, taking into account their experiences and interaction with the reality in which they live.
- Management of Administrative Skills Training is aimed at professionals who are responsible for organisational management in the education sector and is geared towards developing skills that will reduce the educational gap that separates us from more developed countries.

The Teacher Upgrade Programme (TUP) is one of Fundación Cisneros' educational initiatives. It is intended for Latin American elementary school teachers and aims to promote their ongoing development. The TUP offers free online courses and educational TV programmes so teachers can improve their teaching skills on subjects that are relevant to the development of communities. The programme also establishes alliances with local partners in each country. Thanks to the alliance that has existed between Backus Virtual School and Fundación Cisneros since 2004, a great number of Peruvian teachers have been able to participate in skills-development courses that will improve the education-learning process. Backus Virtual School selects the schools and teachers who will participate in the programme and monitors the process throughout the duration of the courses.

"I feel extremely pleased with the successful alliance we have with Backus Virtual School. This alliance has allowed Peruvian teachers, year after year, to participate in courses that complement their professional development. In addition, it allows them to participate in virtual communities that promote education throughout the region," affirmed Irene Hardy, TUP Director.

For the present period from October to January, TUP offers the following courses: Mastering and Use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in Elementary Education, and Teaching Educational Health. The former is coordinated and administered by the Universidad Latinoamericana y del Caribe (ULAC) and the latter by the Universidad Metropolitana de Caracas.

About Backus Virtual School:

Backus Virtual School is an educational programme that produces, gathers and offers digital educational resources, virtual training, educational news, professional guidance and interchange spaces for the educational community. Its objective is to contribute to the improvement of Peruvian educational quality by helping teachers develop new skills and by providing educational resources.

About TUP:

The Teacher Upgrade Programme (TUP) is an educational programme from Fundación Cisneros aimed at elementary teachers in Latin America. The programme offers free courses on basic curriculum content such as: reading and writing, mathematics, the environment, health, ethics and values, information technology and conflict resolution, among others, through the use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT). Since 2003, more than a thousand educational centres have registered in the programme and over 7000 teachers have approved the courses.

About Fundación Cisneros:

Fundación Cisneros is a private non-profit institution founded by Patricia Phelps de Cisneros and Gustavo A. Cisneros. Presently, it is directed by Adriana Cisneros de Griffin, whose mission is to improve education in Latin America and to encourage global knowledge about contributions from the region to worldwide culture.

For more information, please contact:
Cecilia Quevedo/ Dora Vallejos
Comunicaciones Externas Backus - 3113000
Yohana Medina- Carolina Ascenzo
LLORENTE & CUENCA - 222-9491 Anexo 225

This SABMiller subsidiary news release has been translated from its local market language to English language for publication on We have attempted to provide an accurate translation of the original material but due to the difficulties of translation slight differences may exist.
Note: This news release was first published in its local market on 19/10/2010.

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