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Dialogue for profound change in education promises Hernández formula – Presidency – 2022 Elections

Dialogue for a “profound change” in the country’s educational system announced, as its main government program, the educator Marelen Castillo, vice-presidential formula of the candidate Rodolfo Hernández, if they win the next presidential elections on June 19.

The candidate was born 53 years ago in Cali. Married to a Seine official, she has two children. She was educated at the Santiago de Cali, Autonomous Western University, Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (Mexico) and Nova Southeastern University.

He has degrees in Biology and Chemistry, a master’s degree in Business Administration and Management, and a doctorate in Education with an emphasis on Organizational Leadership. She was academic vice-chancellor of Uniminuto and rector of the virtual and distance modality.

What would it mean to you to be Vice President of the Republic?

Being a public servant will always be an opportunity to transform lives. These positions will always be transitory, but the social vocation and leadership capacity must remain; having this opportunity to positively impact lives is the most significant thing about this vice-presidential aspiration.

But if you think like that, why did you never hold public office?

Because my entire life has been dedicated to education, research and innovation as mechanisms to transform society. Today I want that vocation to be a reality through making decisions that is the power that the National Government has.

You certainly have several degrees as an educator, but you also have an MBA. Why? What led you to that study? What do our companies need most?

Our companies have to integrate, first, into the work environment; stop having the focus of a boss, to have that of a leader who has a human talent that is capable of advancing in training and strategy of companies for the positive impact on the consumer. And, second, I believe that companies must be accompanied by constant innovation. The concept of the living company understands that it grows and learns while the people and collaborators that make it up are seen as people who interact, evolve professionally, personally, feel and adapt to the social environment.

Rodolfo Hernández chose her as vice president because of her resume. Did something or someone else influence him to select it?

The only thing that has influenced me to be a vice-presidential formula has been my professional and academic experience, in addition to my capacity for dialogue and social sensitivity.

Regarding your training as an educator, what do you think is the main reform in education that the country requires?

Intervention in the educational infrastructure for better learning spaces, educational incentives for teachers to promote the teaching ladder and improvement in educational quality.

What is your opinion of the National Federation of Educators, Fecode?

Fecode is an association of the most important people in a society, the educators. However, we have to sit down to dialogue within the respectful and purposeful framework in order to improve educational quality. Total respect for the right of free association, but dialogue for a profound change in the educational system.

The student protest is an expression of the youth that demands the presence of the State in the most felt shortcomings of society. It is a mistake to declare war on the youth.

What would be one of those changes?

We need to recognize that social changes bring educational changes, and teachers must be prepared for it. We are committed to accompanying them through training policies to raise the professional level. There will always be greater demands within the training processes and we are available from the National Government to promote education for development and non-exclusion, so we will move forward as a society.

And what is your opinion about the student protest?

The student protest is an expression of the youth that demands the presence of the State in the most felt shortcomings of society. It is a mistake to declare war on the youth, that is why we will listen to them, we will attend to them and we propose a joint approach to the problems that can be addressed by the National Government. Education and dialogue.

Many times the protests have their origin in the lack of quotas in public universities. To do?

It is necessary to allocate the greatest possible amount of public resources to the educational sector, so that through the General Participation System, educational and higher education institutions can guarantee access to education and its quality. This also entails institutional strengthening for monitoring, inspection, surveillance and control, in such a way as to guarantee the proper investment of the assigned resources.

Students from strata 1, 2 and 3 have great difficulty studying at a public university, despite the fact that they do not have to pay tuition, due to all the additional costs that university study entails…

It is true, there are young people who cannot attend university even if they have their enrollment resolved, because in their environment there are circumstances of poverty. That is why we propose strategies for educational permanence, which allow youth to solve deficiencies such as educational expenses not contemplated in enrollment, food and transportation. If we meet these needs, youth will have opportunities to complete their studies.

The virtual university could not be the solution?

Virtual education fosters new learning experiences, it is a new way of teaching and learning, with an assertive implementation we can close gaps in coverage and educational quality. For this we must face challenges in infrastructure, connectivity and the development of information and communication technologies to promote this alternative.

And how to adopt virtuality in Colombian education and make it efficient?

We have to advance in the purpose of reducing inequalities in access to connectivity, especially among urban populations compared to those located in dispersed rural areas. We cannot approach the problem in a homogeneous way without taking into account the diversity in the territories; There must be a modernization of virtual education so that it has an impact in the context of information and communication technologies and immediately impacts new educational trends.

But in a country where internet access is limited, how do you get there with education?

With a multiplicity of actions of the National Government that allows us to reach all communities with connectivity, regardless of the geography in which they are located. If the internet is limited, it is because there has been no political will to overcome this problem, they have appropriated the public resources that would have allowed us to advance in this purpose. The reality of today’s world demands that connectivity must have a fundamental right approach, because the guarantee of other rights depends on it. Our presidential ticket understands these challenges, and our efforts will be focused there.

Marelen Castillo with the NiñezYA coalition.

Marelen Castillo, vice-presidential candidate.

Photo:

Childhood YA Coalition.

Why are there so few biology faculties, which you studied, in public institutions?

Because education, science, innovation and technology have not been important to those who have governed us. That in our government will change. With the money that corruption steals from education in Colombia, we can build a new horizon for the nation.

What do you plan to do to promote education not only in the university field, but also in the first and second educational stages?

Colombia has been building an educational institution through the Ministry of National Education in basic, secondary and higher education. There we have to concentrate our efforts in budgetary and administrative matters so that we can make our educational system powerful in terms of access, quality and infrastructure. We have to strengthen the certified Secretariats of Education so that, within the framework of comprehensiveness and autonomy, we can offer education to our early childhood and youth without exclusion, hand in hand with directors, teachers and other members of the educational community.

What do you think of the complaints about racial persecution that would exist in Colombia?

Racial persecution is living discrimination, that remains if there is no strong institutionality, one that is capable of educating not to do violence and to punish those who discriminate on occasion. The victims come to report and find that State institutions that should attend to them ignore those calls and even re-victimize them.

You are from Cali, but why does Buenaventura, where your family was born, suffer so many crises?

Buenaventura is a city that is only taken into account so that goods and services enter or leave through the port, but forgotten to serve its people. There, the presence of the State is practically non-existent, so the criminal and drug trafficking gangs take advantage of that institutional vacuum to encompass it. There are no schools for the children, the illegal groups offer them training for crime; there are no opportunities for the father or mother of the family, and there are illegal groups to offer income from crime.

How to do to keep the youth away from drugs and hired assassins?

Giving them opportunities, whether they are studying, working or creating a company, as appropriate. If we create opportunities, we bring them closer to virtuous circles and move them away from vicious circles and illegality.

What do you think of the man who called you, Rodolfo Hernández, and who could be the next president of the Republic?

More than the man who should lead Colombia, we offer the country this formula of experience and social sensitivity, where as vice president I will be in the leadership to defeat corruption and the codes of behavior that have Colombia in the crisis that they have.

What do you think of the Liberal Party and the Conservative Party?

The Liberal and Conservative Parties are expressions that represent traditional politics in Colombia, today they show an exhaustion before Colombian society because they have not interpreted a new reality: we are no longer looking for a partisan power, but rather a popular power to solve the urgent needs of the people.

What do you think of Gustavo Petro?

Gustavo Petro is a political leader who deserves our deep respect, I believe that he has interpreted the needs of those who have been marginalized, but I believe that we have differences on the ways in which change is led. For example, I do not believe that political sectarianism is an element to lead Colombian society into a new era.

What do you think of the Military Forces?

The Military Forces are part of the institutionality of any nation. In Colombia, historically in the midst of the conflict they were designed to repel violence in the midst of an armed conflict, today they must be peacekeepers that can guarantee fundamental rights within the territories and ecosystems that are at risk in the face of a painful reality of emergency climate.

YAMID AMAT
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