During the second day of the International Congress on Educational Innovation (#Congress), which takes place in the Mexico City, the specialists underlined the fundamental role that teachers in Latin America to face the educational havoc that caused the COVID-19 pandemic.
The main challenge they had with the closure of the schools was the adoption of new technologies to carry out their classes remotely, something that until a few years ago was unthinkable for both students and parents.
In this sense, Hector Sulaiman, president of the Fund Scholas Advisory Council, urged the authorities to turn to see the teachers, because “they are the backbone of every society ”.
And it is that more than knowing how to teach, he indicated that the important thing is that know how to be a guide who listens to the needs of each student and not to impose oneself, to be congruent and renew to be up to date with what the youth requires.
“To be a very good teacher, you must first have an exemplary teacher”
Something similar pointed out Aaron Wornovitzky, representative of Board of Directors of Jewish Education in Mexico, who at the time mentioned that although subjects such as mathematics, reading comprehension and natural sciences are fundamental in education at a global level, “Teaching skills and values is what really shapes the human being”.
However, with the hybrid mode of “classes at home”, a great opportunity arose to attend the communication between parents and students:
”His role is fundamental. As parents we cannot delegate all education to teachers; it is our obligation and our right “
For Manuel Alvarez Trongé, President of Educar2050 from Argentina, today digital transformation is not possible in Latin America, taking into account that just over 200 million inhabitants in the region do not have internet access.
He regretted that unlike Asia or Europe, Latin American society is not convinced that education must be a priority.
“We need a more committed society that not only demands a return to classes, but what kind of return”
Despite the above, Alejandro Almazán from Google for Education Latam, argued that the commitment of said company is democratize technology that complements the learning experience to communities most lagging behind.
“The Google tools for education that are being used in rural Mexico are the same that are being used in Japan. But there are equity and connectivity challenges, which are very acute in our region “
In his speech, Adolfo Rodriguez Guerrero, a UNESCO education specialist, stressed the importance of making “The internet is part of human rights”.
There is no doubt that the educational lag already existed in Latin America before the pandemic, but it exhibited it. Under this context, the social mobility indices are not ideal.
Javier Alarcon, President of Christel House Foundation, argued that in countries like Mexico, who gets a good job, in the vast majority of cases it does thanks to the “relationocracy” (Know someone who can position you), and not so much the “meritocracy” and it is something that as a society you should work.
About, Carolina tocalli, president of Bridges Foundation Argentina, explained that educational foundations “they sell a social change “, through accompanying students and managing their emotions; but for that public policies are needed.
“We need investors, not just donors”, he concluded.
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