The Colombian government presented today the "Frontera Schools" program, an initiative that seeks to promote bilingual intercultural education, in Spanish and Portuguese, in the department of Amazonas, bordering Brazil.
In partnership with the Brazilian Ministry of Education and with the support of the Organization of Ibero-American States (OEI), the project will initially be carried out in two educational institutions in Leticia, capital of the Amazon.
The objective, according to the Colombian Government, is to strengthen rural education policy and improve teacher training and qualification, as well as offer opportunities for "vulnerable population", form global citizens, strengthen cooperation ties and create regional identity.
For the Secretary General of the OEI, Mariano Jabonero, the "Border Schools" propose "a dialogue among equals, between people and cultures in the most extended mother tongues in Ibero-America, Portuguese and Spanish".
The beneficiaries will receive bilingual education from primary education and it is expected that the number of classes involved in the second language will increase year after year.
The initiative will begin to be implemented in 2019 in two of the nine schools between Colombia and Brazil and is part of the OEI Portuguese Language Outreach Program, which will be launched next year.
This program seeks to promote bilingualism in border areas of Spain, Portugal, Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina, Paraguay, Bolivia and Peru, as well as the training of Portuguese teachers for Ibero-American countries.
On the other hand, the Organization of Ibero-American States will support the Ministry of Education of Colombia in the allocation of the accommodation areas of the school residences of the hamlets of Nazareth and Mirití, in the Amazon.
This will allow at least 300 children to have new beds, mattresses, cabinets, fans and sanitary batteries before March 2019.
Similarly, the Colombian president, Iván Duque, announced today in a Workshop Building Country, held in Leticia, the implementation of "comprehensive quality care in the transition degree", which seeks to create spaces to promote the development of children and in which they are linked to their families.
"Today, education in Colombia has the challenge of advancing in the comprehensive understanding of children, based on intersectoral work and that marks a clear difference in quality since the beginning of the educational process," said the Minister of Education, María Victoria Angulo