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Buenos Aires government announced a key change in secondary education

January 12, 2022

Original Article: https://www.mdzol.com/sociedad/2021/12/9/horacio-rodriguez-larreta-anuncio-un-cambio-clave-en-educacion-secundaria-207121.html

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The head of the Buenos Aires Government , Horacio Rodríguez Larreta , announced together with the Minister of Education, Soledad Acuña , a regime of labor practices for students of the public and private management schools of the City of Buenos Aires . "We have to connect children with the tools that awaken their vocation," said Rodríguez Larreta in the presentation of the program that will govern from the 2022 school year.

"It is our commitment to thousands of boys and girls: we want to accompany them in all instances of life. We want them to trust in themselves, in their potential and in the future of our country. Our responsibility is to give them all the tools to progress", declared throughout the presentation the head of Government of the City .

"Our conviction is the culture of work. We believe in effort, in merit, and we work so that each boy has opportunities to develop. It is very important that the culture of work begins to be forged from the formation of the boys," stated Felipe Miguel at the beginning of the meeting. In which the Buenos Aires government presented the project of educational practices in work environments for boys in the last year of high school.

What are educational practices in the workplace? 
"There is a revolution in the way we work and learn," said Rodríguez Larreta . He explained that the world of work changes and has undergone major changes in recent decades. He explained that it is key that education changes as well. "As the world of work changes, the world of school must accompany it," he said. And he recalled four priority axes on which his government has been working since the beginning of the administration to positively impact the education of children, youth and adults:

  • Technology. "We add technological equipment in all schools, digital training from the age of 5 with robotics and programming among the compulsory subjects." 
  • More class hours. "We fought for presence, we defended it and we won it and we did it together with the entire educational community. A few weeks ago we also presented a plan to continue adding hours of classes"
  • Teacher training. "All teachers in the City have mandatory training. And they learn about technology, new computer content ... To train students of the future we need teachers of the future"
  • Transformation of the secondary school. "Five years ago we presented the secondary school of the future to link education to the world of work. In addition to strengthening individual capacities, we were going to advance so that the secondary school had  educational practices in the world of work . We are fulfilling it"

The head of the Buenos Aires government referred to the "uncertainty of the day after" suffered by young people before graduating. "With the work practices we want each young person to have a clearer horizon and where they would like to walk in the future," he explained just before giving details of the program.

"All students in the last year of high school are going to have educational internships in the work areas that are going to be compulsory. They are going to be part of the course necessary to pass. This already works in technical school. The boys come out mastering skills that They allow them to insert themselves better and faster in the world of work. We are going to extend it to all the schools in the city . We are going to give options so that they can choose according to the orientation of each school and the vocation of each student, "he explained. 

"We have to connect the boys with the world and the tools that awaken their vocation so that they can choose and build their future in freedom," he said. He affirmed that the Government has a responsibility to give young people the tools to progress. "We need them to be part of the educational transformation of Argentina, that the boys finish school with more tools," he insisted. "We are convinced that for each boy to have real opportunities, this step is very important," he said. 

The Minister of Education, Soledad Acuña, explained that the plan consists of 150 hours, including 30 hours of financial training. "We had to transform the way we teach children who learn differently," declared the minister. He referred to project-based learning, pedagogical pairs, competency-based assessments, personal projects and other instruments that make up the secondary school of the future. 

"Education is a priority for all of us who make up the city government," he explained, adding that this will be possible if there are places to carry out the practices: "We need 450 project spaces to carry out these practices," he explained. And he provided an email, compromiseedcuacion@bue.edu.ar, to which companies interested in being part of the project can write to be part of it. 

"We are happy to be able to close a cycle that we announced and next year with the first high school graduates of the future we will see it come true," Acuña celebrated. 

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