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    The Costa Rica News (TCRN) – The president of Peru, Ollanta Humala, said that in the two and a half years of his mandate 30,000 poor young people have been granted a scholarship through a government program that rewards those who achieved high grades in school.

    “When I started (the program) ‘Grant 18’ we tentatively set a goal to reach 20,000 youngsters by 2016. Today, of two and a half years later, we are up to almost 30,000 young people, also including scholarships for teachers, athletes and for the arts,” said the president.

    He added that “now our new goal must be to overcome the 50,000 mark by 2016 and if we can, we will continue to advance.”

    The president presented together with his wife, Nadine Heredia, recipients of this year’s ‘Grant 18’, who come from various parts of the country, in a ceremony at the Exposition Park, in downtown Lima.

    “When we started as a Republic, education was an instrument of domination, differentiation, exclusion. Today it should be an integrating tool, it is education that will help us solve the serious problems of inequality,” Humala said.

    At the ceremony the three grant holder were distinguished and presented a medal.

    “Grant 18 is a state policy that allows an opportunity to millions of families whose children are about to start a superior race, but do not have the resources. They’re lost talents and the traditional, bureaucratic state has given itself the luxury to waste decades,” said the ruler.

    The program provides full scholarships for undergraduate universities and institutes in different parts of Peru in certain professions for students who can not afford their studies and have high academic performance.

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