This week we started a new Project in the IA: the topic is freedom. We got together in interest-based groups and chose a subtopic within freedom; my group and I decided to focus our project on Peruvians in the lowest social class, who are held down by the barriers that the Peruvian society sets. As we continued discussing this topic, we touched a variety of points; one of them being that Peru is an extractive society.
This point got me thinking about how unlike the US or Europe, which are places that have inclusive societies where the gap between the rich and the poor is not so great, and still live in similar social and economic conditions. Peru is a country where the highest-class people are supper rich, while the lower class lives in extreme poverty. We have a gigantic gap between the rich and the poor, and are lacking a strong middle class that can give unity to a country. We live in a country where if you are born rich you remain rich, and if you are born poor you remain poor; a country where the one who works the hardest isn’t the one that succeeds at the end. This happens because the poor are living in extreme conditions where they are not offered good education or health care, while the rich are receiving much more than that. This doesn’t only puts the lowest class in disadvantage, but makes them drown even deeper, not managing to get anywhere near success.
With our project we are hoping to shine the light on those less fortunate who are being pulled down by the barriers of the Peruvian society. We are hoping to reach the hearts of all Peruvians, and make them conscious of the kind of society we all live in. We want to give a voice to those whose voice has been taken by out extractive culture.