Congresswoman Manuela Bolívar expressed on Thursday, November 21st, Plan País’s support for the protests led by teachers and stressed that the national reconstruction project offers Venezuelan teachers income commensurate with their efforts, the recovery of their social security and the establishment of an education system of quality and democratic, free from ideological bias and social control.
“We support the protests of the teachers, the students, the nurses, and we hope that civil society will also join them,” said Bolívar, political coordinator of the Social area of Plan País, who pointed out that teachers, in addition to demanding their fair salary improvements, “ask for a different country model.”
The legislator stressed that Plan País includes measures to increase the salaries of educators at all levels, respect collective agreements and promote training for curricular updating. “Today a teacher earns less than two minimum salaries per month. They can’t support their homes, so they are mobilizing to demand a different model for the country. The current education system is centered on social control,” she said.
Reactivation of the EAP
Bolívar explained that Plan País proposes the reactivation of the School Feeding Program (PAE) in schools, with the aim of guaranteeing a balanced diet to students that allows them to make the most of their abilities. It also provides incentives for students to stay in school and thus combat the dropout (rates) affecting the Venezuelan education system.
The parliamentarian pointed out that within the framework of the elaboration of Plan País, a reconstruction project promoted by the National Assembly together with Venezuelan society, “we have reached great agreements” to overcome the crisis in the education sector and the complex humanitarian emergency suffered by Venezuela due to Nicolás Maduro’s regime.
“The school is the engine of change and must be rescued. The country is reborn from the school. We have the agreements, we have a plan and to get out of this we all need to move,” said Bolívar, who called on Venezuelans to support the protests of the different sectors of society that demand democratic change.