In its Public Account, President Sebastián Piñera referred to matters of childhood and education, with emphasis on the body that will replace the National Service for Minors (Sename) and Kindergarten as a compulsory and free level.
“Chile is indebted to its children, and especially to those whose lives and well-being were entrusted to the care of the State.. For these reasons, our government made a moral commitment to put children first in line, ”said Piñera.
The President mentioned the two bodies reformed for these purposes: the Child Protection Service and the Youth Social Reintegration Service.
“Sename has not fulfilled the task of taking care of our children or safeguarding their dignity. That is why we are working to reunify children with their families and strengthen the role of foster families. Only when these options are not possible should we resort to the action of the State or Civil Society, for which we are transforming the repair centers into homes that reproduce the best possible family environment ”, he remarked.
He also alluded to the upbringing of children in the country. “Consequently, and not only by constitutional mandate, We must never forget or weaken the right and preferential duty of parents in the training and education of their children.. The State must support them in this mission and protect children from violations of their rights, ”said Piñera.
The President stated that a bill was sent to guarantee the universal right to a nursery for all children of working mothers and fathers. The initiative includes postnatal extension from 3 to 6 months and the expansion of its coverage from one in three to all working women.
Along with the above, Piñera recalled the enactment of the Protected Parenting Law, which grants labor protection to mothers and fathers of children under 7 years of age, in the context of the State of Catastrophe by Covid-19.
In educational matters, stressed the importance of streamlining the project that establishes Kindergarten as a free and compulsory educational level, which increases the years of schooling from 12 to 13 for all boys and girls in the country.