This is how the second Fundación Barco Education Forum was lived

Caption: These spaces are intended to influence public policies on education in Colombia and promote this dialogue in public opinion. /Pixabay

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The Barco Foundation, in partnership with the School of Government of the Universidad de los Andes and El Espectador, led the second Barco Foundation Education Forumwhose main theme was school infrastructure.

The purpose of these types of spaces is to generate an exchange of ideas and reflections that promote the closing of gaps to achieve an inclusive and quality educational offer throughout the national territory. In addition, it seeks to influence public policies on education in Colombia and promote dialogue on education in the country’s public opinion.

In this edition, it was decided to address the issue of school infrastructure, as it was identified as a fundamental aspect for the education and, since, according to the latest report issued by Alianza Niñez, the vast majority of educational institutions have infrastructure problems. Some of these problems are that they are located in risky sites or do not have quality public services.

For their part, the Pisa tests have revealed relevant information on the relationship between physical resources and the quality of education. According to the information collected, Colombia not only has one of the lowest performances in Latin America, but also has the highest percentage of educational establishments with inadequate physical and learning resources.

As to what can be done about it, the forum included the participation of national and international guests, to whom Maria Margarita Paca Zuleta, Director of the School of Government Alberto Lleras Camargo, from the Universidad de los Andes, gave them a warm welcome with an important reflection.

“This issue is not only relevant in relation to how the infrastructure helps us to have friendly spaces for training in education, spaces where people are comfortable, where learning is possible, but also because of the political moment we have now. The National Government is working on the formulation of the Development Plan and we are all hoping that there will be clear lights on the commitment to educational infrastructure, ”he said.

For the inaugural conference, the researcher of the Oxford University, Peter Barrett, spoke about the impact of school infrastructure and the classroom environment on learning. His argument was based on the importance of generating safe and healthy environments in schools, as well as optimal learning spaces.

This is in relation to a study carried out in 2019, which shows the perspective of educational actors such as students and teachers. “For the students, there is a lack of basics such as electricity, drinking water, drainage, ways to dispose of garbage, telephones and, above all, the conditions of the buildings. This has a great impact on them and tends to be associated with violence, discrimination, and limited opportunities to learn,” said the expert.

Likewise, he said that, seeing the point of view of the teachers, as long as spaces such as libraries, buildings and classrooms are well maintained, there are no absences, there is more motivation and, above all, health in teachers and students.

“If we can create schools with correct conditions, we will be able to contribute to the learning process and avoid things that prevent children from learning,” he concluded.

Later, the forum, which was broadcast on the social networks of the boat foundation and of The viewertook a space to listen to boys and girls from different regions of the country, about their desires for their dream school, reflections that gave way to the block of experiences, by experts from Finland, Chile and Colombia.

On behalf of Finland, the expert Reino Tapaninen, shared experiences and perspectives from this country on how Finns see educational teaching environments as part of happiness to learn and the importance of external aspects in school work.

Maria Alejandra Grebe, former Director of Public Education of the Ministry of Education of Chile, spoke about the key conditions for the teaching process, from her personal experience as a teacher in the last three years, that is, a perspective from pedagogy. Likewise, she shared the progress in Chile of educational spaces, and how she sees the infrastructure at the service of learning to encourage motivation.

Caroline White, associate professor of the Faculty of Culture and Design of the Universidad de los Andes, closed this space talking about the perception of unclaimed school spaces in schools and their role in the incidence and prevalence of risks for development.

This forum becomes a space to publicize the reality of the educational processes of children and adolescents in Colombia and exchange ideas and reflections that promote the closing of gaps to achieve an inclusive and quality educational offer throughout the territory. national level, influence public policies on education in Colombia and promote dialogue on education in public opinion.

Forum content is available at www.foroeducacionfundacionbarco.org

This is how the second Fundación Barco Education Forum was lived