Two directors of Integrated Adult Education Centers (CEIA) of Coyhaique and Parral, as well as a school holder in the vulnerable sector of Bajos de Mena and the El Castillo population, in the capital, were the pioneers in integrating the new Network of Schools of Reentry promoted by Fundación Súmate (Hogar de Cristo), América Solidaria and the consulting firm Focus.
The objective is to create a space for exchanging experiences and professional development, generating common projects and advocating for public policies to solve problems that these schools have, because there is the paradox that many of these adult education centers work actually with young people who were excluded from the school system.
NOVOMAR SCHOOL OF HIGH BRIDGE
Hugolino González, supporter of the Novomar School in Puente Alto, works with children and adolescents from vulnerable sectors such as Bajos de Mena and the El Castillo population.
He is one of the first members of the Network of Reentry Schools and he says that he did it mainly because "it makes no sense to fight alone." He says that he has been linked to education for 20 years, the last 4 as the sole supporter. "We wanted to make an inclusive school but as the educational system is so complex and exclusive, we finally had to take charge of these children who have difficulties staying in school."
His main motivation to join the Network is to be able to specify that these schools are recognized as a modality with specific needs and secure financing, with different evaluations. “It is a desire that crosses all of us who work in this context, basically it is to have a public policy focused on this reality. The expectations that I have with this Network is that together with hundreds of other schools we can first make visible what we do and the difficulties we face, to later influence a public policy that really benefits the most vulnerable children and young people in society: today more than having answers for them, what the educational system does is cause them the problem, excluding them ”.
Hugolino González is convinced that there is a general opinion that children drop out because he or she is a problem, "but we know that the pedagogical models themselves are the main obstacles for them to remain in their schools."
CEIA DE COYHAIQUE
David Navarro, CEIA director, assures that his region is the one with the highest percentage of school dropout prevalence, according to studies carried out by the Ministry of Education itself, based on data from CASEN.
“As of 2018, we began to take on this problem, we have managed to reintegrate 400 young people who were outside the school system. The phenomenon is so broad and complex that we realized that it was necessary to establish this Network, to work together with people who have the same approach to school reintegration. First we formed networks in Coyhaique and later we made links with the Súmate foundation. For us it is very important to join forces ”, he explains.
The Network of Reentry Schools meets online on Wednesdays every 15 days. "The worrying thing here is that the number of those who drop out of schools does not decrease, the regular schools do so badly that this figure continues to rise," he concludes.