Here are some of the proposals from the citizens of Bogota to improve education over the next 18 years.

Ministry Decree 1721 of 2020 Photo: Ministry of National Education. Ministry Decree 1721 of 2020 Photo: Ministry of National Education.

The Mission of educators and citizen wisdom collects, through its portal, ideas the mayor’s office will take into account to transform education in Bogotá over the next 18 years. The consultation is structured around six thematic axes: initial education, global training, educational transformation, young people and adults with capacities, education for all, financing of education Yes management improvement. To date they have received 1,047,554 responses, according to Uniminuto Radio, and more than 66,000 people participated.

The initiative, open from October 14 to December, is aimed at collective construction of the educational policy of the current administration until 2030. A group of 80 national researchers, teachers and thinkers will be tasked with translating these ideas and making them a reality in the years to come to transform education and respond to the challenges of this sector.

Photo: Bogotá City Hall. Photo: Bogotá City Hall.

According to Semana magazine, some of the proposals aim to eliminate the current memory-based learning system, build bilingual capacities students and guarantee access to new technologies. In addition, it was proposed to give them greater emphasis on skills outside the classroom.

The citizens also proposed strengthen critical and reflective thinking so that students have more tools to deal with challenges that may arise throughout their lives. The setting up virtual classrooms, the increased cultural exchanges and the addition of a course of subjects focused on business management are other ideas collected so far on the platform.

The students also joined, as they consider that leisure spaces and new technologies are essential to improve learning. Creativity also comes into play as a tool that will strengthen educational processes in the city. For its part, Teachers also expressed interest in accessing technologies that allow them to transform and reconstruct their propositions in the classrooms.

Edna Bonilla, Secretary of Education, pointed out, according to Uniminuto Radio, that the most common proposals among parents, managers, teachers, experts and civil servants underline strengthen bilingualism and invest in technological resources so that students clearly assume productive, educational and environmental challenges.

Francisco Cajiao, in conversation with El Tiempo, explained that the challenge of renewing and modifying the current education system lies in the fact that, currently, a high school student takes up to 12 one-hour lessons. In this time frame, it is almost impossible to delve into the themes corresponding to each topic. The key, he indicated, is in relate learning to the student environment. Teachers must therefore be trained in leadership and in the use of new technologies.

The challenge in achieving bilingual training lies, according to Cajiao, in the number of teachers fluent in a second language in Colombia. In addition, stressed El Tiempo, Colombia this year ranked 77th out of 100 countries that participated in the Global English Proficiency Index (EPI) ranking. Last year, he was ranked 68th.

The platform was designed by the National University’s Education and Innovation Research and Technology Group. Also, they will take care of systematize the ideas collected for the construction of the education sector plan.

Photo: Bogotá City Hall. Photo: Bogotá City Hall.

To participate with your ideas, you must enter the portal, fill out a short form with your basic data and your role, whether it is a student, a teacher, an administrative, an expert, a young person outside the system, parents , tutors, a productive sector or a director of education.

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