julio 3, 2014

Citizen stakeholders join together to discuss the basis of the bill about Teaching Profession

The Master Plan was launched this morning in the National Library. It was an unprecedented working instance which joined together different institutions and citizens with diverse knowledge, realities and backgrounds that should follow a key point: to reform and strengthen the Teaching Profession in order to improve the education in our country.

In 120 days, educators, students, teaching managers and assistants, academics and experts, supporters, trade associations, authorities and parents will join together to speak in a systematic, transparent, and open manner to generate a document which will present the basis for a Teaching Profession reform. The process will conclude with the delivery of a document to the President of the Republic and the parliamentarians.

The Master Plan is made up of two working instances: the Advisory Council, which is comprised of the signatory institutions (all of them are related to the educational area), who will be in charge of guiding the process. The second instance is the Base Forum, which is comprised of 45 participants, who represent the most diverse experiences of the educational process. They come from all over the country and from different realities: from urban and rural areas, the North and the South, women and men.

“A kid spends during his life about 12 thousand hours in front of a teacher. This figure shows that if teachers do not teach in optimal conditions, we will not improve our educational system”, said Beatrice Ávalos, The National Prize of Education 2013 and  representative of The Master Plan, who also added that the quality of education that we have depends in large part on how we attract the best students to the classrooms, the quality of teachers, and the working conditions that we offer them to do practice their profession.

The results of the Base Forum will be socialized and subject to an Education National Consultation, that will include thousands of teachers. At the same time, the entire process will be enriched with different citizen participation instances.

“The Base Forum is something different and new, and that is why this initiative is so important. There are people in the Base Forum who are part of the educational system and they have different realities. There are various experiences, there are no “positions” and I think that is extremely important”, explained Naschla Aburman, speaker of the CONFECH and member of the Advisory Council of The Master Plan.

Simultaneously, an urban intervention called “Proyecto Pregunta” (Project Question) was developed. This intervention began on the corner of Alameda and Mac-Iver Streets and it continues in emblematic places, like the Ministry of Education, La Moneda, the Instituto Nacional School, among others.  The intervention is organized by the Cultural Center Mil M2 and it aimed to give citizens the chance to ask questions about the teaching profession and discuss about those questions.

Institutions of the process (Advisory Council):

Universidad Metropolitana de Ciencias de la Educación (UMCE), Educación 2020, National Coordinator of High School Students (CONES), Confederation of Chilean Students (CONFECH), Pre-school Teacher Association (Colegio de Educadores de Párvulos), National Council of Education Assistants (Consejo Nacional de Asistentes de la Educación), Chilean Association of Municipalities (AChM), Association of Chilean Private Schools (CONACEP), Federation of Private Education Institutions (FIDE), Vicarage of Santiago’s Education (Vicaría para la Educación de Santiago), Council of Education’s Deans (Consejo de Decanos de la Educación del CRUCH), Elige Educar, Fundación Chile, Center of Public Studies (CEP), Center of Studies of Education Politics and Practices (CEPPE), Center of Advanced Education Investigation(CIAE), Center of Education Comparative Politics (CPCE), Center of Education Investigation and Development (CIDE).

The initiative also has the support of UNESCO Santiago and Santiago’s National Library.