National and international experts met at the First National Congress of Education, Culture and Society of the UPLA

With a conference Pablo Gentili, Doctor of Education from the University of Buenos Aires, former Secretary of State for Education in Argentina and expert in educational policies at the Latin American level; was inaugurated First National Congress on Education, Culture and Society: “Challenges for the National Educational System”, which was held at the University of Playa Ancha (UPLA), on September 26 and 27.

The event, which took place in hybrid mode, was organized by the Faculty of Educational Sciences of the UPLA and brought together university academics, teachers from the public education system, and pedagogy students, who participated in the five thematic tables, which addressed issues such as: teacher work policies, the new public education, post-pandemic teaching, initial teacher training, and critical pedagogies. Latin American.

Each reflection space had the participation of exhibitors from different universities in the country, as well as representatives of organizations such as the College of Teachers, the Center for Improvement, Experimentation and Pedagogical Research (CPEIP) and the Center for Research in Education for Social Justice (CIEJUS).

“We, as the University of Playa Ancha, with a very long tradition in teacher training, in pedagogical studies, in research in these areas, what we want with this First National Congress on Education, Culture and Society: ‘Challenges for the System National Educational Program’, is to finally contribute to the deepest reflection possible at a critical moment in the world, in society in general, in Latin American society and also in Chilean society, in order to illuminate in some way, through these reflections, the public policies that should be implemented regarding the great challenges that education faces”, he said in this regard, in this regard, the rector of the UPLA, Patricio Sanhueza Vivanco.

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In that same line, the Dean of the Faculty of Educational Sciences of the UPLA, Dr. Silvia Sarzoza Herrera, He explained that the low interest of young people in studying pedagogy and the level of recognition given to the teaching profession were part of the motivations for holding this meeting: “This congress, the truth, was growing little by little. It started because of the great concern we have, this gap between the need for teachers in schools, in public schools, and the actual number of teachers that universities are training. Part of there. And then come many other analyzes and reflections that have to do with motivation, with interest, but also with the state of our students, many times a little more passive and those of us who would like them to be more participatory”.

The closing conference of this congress was given by the researcher Lorraine Meckes, who between 2003 and 2008 He directed the National Learning Evaluation System (Simce) in Chile. The academic referred to the pedagogical standards that were published last year by the Ministry of Education: “Their relevance has to do with the fact that they trace the north of initial training and are also a reference for continuous training throughout the entire the teaching career. These standards come to do as a new version of the framework of good teaching, more updated, and that will undoubtedly be an inspiration for teachers who are being trained and also for those who are currently in service”.

(Katherine Vega H., journalist Faculty of Educational Sciences)

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