The provincial government through the Ministry of Education is holding a series of meetings with directors of the different levels of official and private schools, to present the new pedagogical model of Santa Fe.
In this framework, the Minister of Education Adriana Cantero, accompanied by the Secretary of Education, Víctor Debloc and the three undersecretaries of compulsory levels, initial, primary and secondary, are the hosts of the meetings. The centrality of this proposal is found in the definition of the compulsory trajectory as a single trajectory, which begins in the 4-year room of the initial level and ends in the last year of the secondary level.
UNIQUE AND UNREPEATABLE
The care of the trajectories begins at the initial level, where it is necessary to guarantee the entry and permanence in the 4-year sections and their continuity in the 5-year sections, promoting the link with families and inter-institutional networks, and in turn strengthening methodologies of the level that enable initial literacy. This stage, which is unique and unrepeatable, is where the first bridge is made between the private and the public in the socialization of childhoods and the passage to the primary level is assured.
The Undersecretary of Initial Education Rosa Ana Cencha, maintained that “we are going through propitious and necessary times for the construction of collective strategies that convene, sustain and are institutionalized in terms of rights and guarantees for the beginning of the unique trajectory.”
At the primary level, literacy is of great importance and the guarantee of fundamental learning that will be the basis for the continuity of learning throughout life. In a joint effort between the Nation and the province, educational policies are articulated that focus on institutional literacy projects and the intensification of teaching in the areas of language, mathematics, science and technology. The Ministry of Education of Santa Fe develops training instances with the participation of teachers, directors, supervisors and technical pedagogical teams.
To guarantee the material conditions, this articulated work carries out a significant investment of resources: the pedagogical notebooks and the Language and Mathematics manuals that each primary student received from the “Books to learn” line and the collections of the National Reading Plan, also from In October, more than 15,500 teaching hours were created for the implementation of Plan 25 (which made it possible for 73% of primary schools in Santa Fe to extend the school day from 20 to 25 hours per week).
“The public school is a space for socialization, but fundamentally the area par excellence where every day the bread of culture is kneaded, built, shared and distributed with educational justice and affective justice. Putting the school at the center of public policies means empowering educational communities to weave a network around childhood, capable of sustaining, guaranteeing the continuity and completion of all educational trajectories”, said Ubaldo López, Undersecretary of Primary Education.
A PROPOSAL TO DEVELOP
Along the same lines, for the Secretary of Education, Víctor Debloc, “netbooks, tablets, distributed cell phones; the language and mathematics books, those of the National Reading Plan, the machines and tools of the training environments of the technical schools, are ordered and interact in the pedagogical proposal to develop quality learning. The pedagogical notebooks, the music and physical education kits, the pedagogical backpacks and the proposals for online and face-to-face training for teachers developed in 2020, 2021 and 2022 had a pedagogical and didactic framework to favor relevant and significant learning. They are proposals and resources anchored to intensify teaching in the end of the pandemic. We defend and care for Santa Fe education with an integral perspective and with sustained investments in pedagogical resources, admission and promotion contests, and in educational infrastructure.”
The care of the articulation between the primary level and the secondary level constitutes a careful and systematic work. In this way, a model of continuous advancement is proposed for the secondary level, where fundamental learning is built that allows gradual growth in the approval of all the years proposed for this route. In these terms, secondary school constitutes a pedagogical unit of significance with a flexible academic structure that responds to the heterogeneity of forms of appropriation of knowledge.
This educational level proposes tools to organize, articulate and integrate school regulations, delimiting areas of intervention, collective and individual responsibilities and forms of institutionalization of pedagogical work for managers, teachers and students. For Gregorio Vietto, Undersecretary of Secondary Education, “it is not about making the trajectory of students at the level more flexible, but about designing a device with new school formats where everyone can learn more and better.”
This planning is the result of different processes of dialogue and educational learning in recent years. The debate spaces began in 2020 with the territorial tables, in which more than 1,500 people from civil society, unions, public officials and teachers participated. In these tours, the first clues were found that announced the need for a profound update of the school, with special attention to the secondary school.
During the year 2021, in the context of the pandemic, the Minister of Education held virtual meetings with all the management teams of the province, which were replicated in person and by consensus with the level supervisors in 2022, with the coordination in this case by Gregorio Vietto
Since February 2020, territorial tables have been held with children and adolescents, throughout 2020 there was a dialogue with the students within the framework of a consultation carried out by the ministry and which was worked on with teachers in the classroom and through the development of territorial tables led by the Provincial Directorate of Equity and Law, which toured the 19 departments of the province. “There, more than 1,100 students (from 1st to 6th grade) representing 355 schools (of all modalities, public and private management) from 166 municipalities presented their interests and expectations in relation to an educational policy that accommodates them and the listen”, said the head of the address, Vanina Flesia.
THE DIALOGUE WITH THE UNIONS
The Ministry of Education carries out weekly technical joint tables with all the teachers’ unions, in order to discuss pedagogical and educational definitions that involve the teaching group and they will be held throughout this year.
“A better school is possible with greater strength and capacity to respond to the needs of children and adolescents of our time, but also to the requirements of the different actors, educators and the entire community, and this is possible with a collective work, with the necessary courage to give answers to the students who are asking for and demanding care, teaching and strengthening strategies for the complex knowledge that living in a difficult world requires, which they are also called to transform”, Minister Adriana Cantero said.