| Dec 20, 2022
Global Teacher Prize Chile 2022 Sumate teacher won
The teacher of the Betania School of the Súmate Foundation is the winner of the Nobel Prize for teaching! In tears and with her voice cracking, she said last night when she received her award: "Let us not forget that the children of this country and the whole world deserve everything, that we must continue to fight for a fairer world and give them opportunities, believing that they can do it and that their identities, communities, stories, are important. I take this opportunity to greet all my colleagues.
For Francisca, joining Súmate meant coming to a place where affection and respect for others prevails. "We practice a culture in which all of us, with our differences, aim for the same goal, which is to ensure that the most excluded students complete their education," she says.
Currently, she is a language teacher for first and second-grade students, with students between 15 and 20 years of age. "I did a very entertaining project with them, I think I have managed to motivate them with things that I am passionate about, but this has been by far the most difficult year of my entire career," she admits.
-For what reason?
-I think the pandemic brought forward a crisis that had been announced many years ago. I love my profession and I have worked in communities such as La Pintana, Renca, San Bernardo, Estación Central, in very vulnerable areas, in classrooms with 45 students, but nothing compares to what this 2022 has been. There are days when I go home crying because I feel that it is not working, that I am not hitting the nail on the head. I believe that we still do not have the necessary distance to evaluate the damage caused by the pandemic.
Chile was one of the Latin American countries where schools were closed for the most days, according to the last Unesco report. In total 53 weeks.
"Adding two years of pandemic created the perfect storm. I see the teachers at my school and I take my hat off to each one of them, they are all trying to reinvent themselves to give better classes and get the students hooked," she acknowledges.