“It is estimated that Venezuela has lost around 100,000 teachers due to forced migration in the face of the complex humanitarian emergency, and the neglect has sunk the country’s school infrastructure. With this worrying and complex diagnosis, the technical coordinator of Education, José Manuel Bolívar, initiated the Virtual National Assembly of Plan País in Mérida and Trujillo.”
“In view of the decline in the number of teachers in Venezuela, Plan País considers it essential to articulate their representation in order to create effective public policies, taking into account that education is vital for democracy and for forming a free and progressive society, with teachers as the main axis of society. The recovery of the teachers’ union, its social security and its salary is a fundamental principle for Plan País,” explained Bolívar.
He added that in this national agreement that charts the path to the country’s recovery, they are convinced that if all young Venezuelans graduate from high school, the Venezuelan GDP could grow 500%. “A society based on meritocracy is only possible with quality education at all levels. We need society as a whole to be mobilized for education because that goal will only be achieved with the help of everyone,” he said.
The technical coordinator of Plan País Educación said that countries are rich because of their people and their capacity for development and innovation. “We want to develop an educational system that teaches that work generates wealth and that entrepreneurship is the key to building a better country, the country we all dream of.”
“If we manage to teach Venezuelans that the wealth of our country is in the people, we will have achieved a 100-year change,” he concluded.
Mariano Herrera, education specialist and member of the technical team of this area of Plan País, also participated in the Virtual National Assembly. He said that as a result of all the problems listed by Bolívar, there has been a delay in the educational level of Venezuelan children and adolescents. To solve this reality, Plan País will have to make a diagnosis that will allow the preparation of academic leveling programs, which will be advanced by teachers with the collaboration of professionals from other careers – with instruction guides – while teachers are being retrained.”
Herrera also explained that Plan País plans to recover the free School Feeding Program for those who need it most, and to provide scholarships for young people to return to school. “98% of school-age children will be studying by the end of the first year of ‘Plan País’ implementation.”
This event was part of the program of virtual assemblies that Plan País has been carrying out at the regional and national level in order to continue discussing the proposals that will recover Venezuela once the National Emergency Government is established.