A quality, free and compulsory official education guaranteed by the State, which trains students for success and has valued and well-paid teachers. These are the pillars of the proposal of the Country Education Plan, which was presented this Wednesday, October 30 at the Don Bosco Technical School in Los Ruices in an act that was attended by President (e) Juan Guaidó.
Guaidó applauded the work of the educators who, despite the difficult situation they are going through, remain standing and said that the country’s recovery will be achieved through education. “We all dream of a better future for our children and today we present a structured plan to achieve it because we have the tools and capabilities to do it”, said the interim president.
The project that will drive the recovery of the Venezuelan education sector has a clear priority: to ensure that all children return to the classrooms and acquire the skills and abilities necessary to carry out a successful life, actively participate in democracy, and generate wealth from of work and entrepreneurship, thus guaranteeing a better future.
The presentation of the Country Education Plan was in charge of Deputy Manuela Bolívar, political coordinator of the Social Area of Plan País, José Manuel Bolívar, coordinator of the proposal, Father Luis Ugalde (ex Dean of the Catholic University), and the educators and union leaders Gustavo Padrón, Mariel Calderón, Fausto Romero, Óscar Iván Rosé and Carmen Teresa Márquez, executive secretary of the Venezuelan Federation of Teachers (FVM).
“We want our teachers to be the best paid, that being a teacher is the first option of a student who leaves high school,” said deputy Bolivar, after stressing that the Country Education Plan has among its objectives to update collective agreements and restore security Social of the Venezuelan teachers.
For his part, José Manuel Bolívar said that all children should return to schools: “Getting all children and young people to attend schools is a commitment of all as a society.” Bolívar explained that there is a new academic curriculum updated with the technological advances of the 21st century and free from partisan ideologization. “That is the Venezuela we dream of”, he said before an auditorium filled with dozens of teachers and members of educational communities from different regions of the Republic.
Father Ugalde remarked in his speech: “If we want children to attend and learn, we must feed them.” Responding to that need, the Country Plan will assume the recovery of the School Feeding Program (PAE), which guarantees the provision of at least one meal a day, breakfast or school snack to 6 million 200 thousand students, the estimated enrollment of students from first to sixth grade in subsidized public and private schools.
The Country Education Plan also plans to recover infrastructure and school transportation. “Nationally we have between 25 thousand and 26 thousand public schools. We plan to provide maintenance to 25% of them per year and in four years they will all be up to date”, Padrón estimated.
The daily home care center will serve children over 2 years of age and will be responsible for hygiene, nutrition and health: “This will allow mothers to go to work with the certainty of leaving their children well cared for”, Padrón explained.
Likewise, he announced that a scholarship program will be deployed, with the purpose of retaining young people within the school system, and a lesson plan to level students and teachers without leaving anyone behind.