May 18, 2022 8:44 pm

Go back to classrooms. They ask the provincial governments to publish the school calendars for this year

A little less than a month before the start of classes, the discussion about the obligatory nature of the health pass to go to school – something that was ruled out for the time being by the Nation’s Minister of Education, Jaime Perczyk, but that three public universities have already put into practice, almost 50 civil society organizations asked the governors and ministers of education of the provinces to guarantee the continuity of classes in the next school year.

Among other demands, they demand that by next February 1 all jurisdictions publish their school calendars in a “clear and precise” manner, which allows to know effectively which days there will be classes and which ones will not, with their respective cause. “We believe that the most appropriate way to do it is with an almanac that, graphically, allows you to easily visualize these details for each day of the year,” requests the letter, signed by the Association of Private Education Institutes of the Province of Buenos Aires (Aiepba ), Educational Agenda, the Social Observatory Civil Association, the Monte Adentro Civil Association, the Awareness Association and Argentines for Education, among others.

Second, they demand that the different provincial governments “make a relevant effort in terms of budget, transparency and management that generates the conditions that allow increasing the number of days and hours of class when appropriate, but above all to provide greater continuity to the school year”. This implies, the letter continues, that the budget execution of each jurisdiction “reflects a genuine interest” in improving infrastructure and prioritizing the maintenance of water, electricity, gas and internet services in all schools.

“Even with the economic difficulties that each region may go through, education must be a priority. This effort, of course, must include a commitment to improve the working conditions of our teachers, to minimize the circumstances that can cause stoppages and facilitate their work in the day to day of each school”, says the letter.

As director of Argentines for Education, Ignacio Ibarzábal considers that the main point is the school continuity. “That we work so that in each school in the country there are the necessary number of days and class hours, but above all that they develop normally, without interruptions. This, which may seem secondary, would make a big difference for many students in the country”.

Third, they ask that efforts be focused on students who live in more vulnerable contexts and peripheral rural areas. “We must give greater efforts to those who today have fewer opportunities”, claim the signatories and consider that these actions could be implemented in coordination with the National Registry of Popular Neighborhoods (Renabap), whose neighborhood map and people registry can be extremely useful.

“We are in a valuable time to bring clarity to the entire population about the different strategies that will improve the educational situation -says Anabella Serignese, director of programs at Asociación Conciencia-. A first step is to have access to the information on the school calendars of each jurisdiction. There are many efforts that the entire community has been making during the pandemic and every minute counts to ensure that no one is left behind”.

Guillermina Tiramonti, professor and researcher at Flacso, reflects: “There is much to demand in educational matters. Let’s start with the essentials: a school open for as long as it takes to teach and learn what all children and young people need to dialogue with the world in which they live; a pedagogical effort in accordance with the learning needs of each one, and a provision of resources that allows us to achieve an aspiration in which we put the future of society at stake”.

Other organizations that appear as signatories are the Mendocino Business Council, Give your hand, Educar y Crecer, Enseñá por Argentina, Fe y Alegría, Business Convergence Forum, Mercosur Women’s Forum, Fund TV, Anpuy Foundation, Convivir Foundation, Fundación Cruzada Patagónica, Fundación Díaz Vélez, Fundación Diciembre, Fundación Evolución and Let’s Talk About Bullying, among the almost 50 references from the educational world that accompany the petition from their different areas of action.

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