Ministry of Education and Fundación Chile presented “Sumar Saberes”, a new public-private alliance for the improvement of learning

Ministry of Education and Fundación Chile presented “Sumar Saberes”, a new public-private alliance for the improvement of learning
Ministry of Education and Fundación Chile presented “Sumar Saberes”, a new public-private alliance for the improvement of learning
  • This initiative is made up of more than twenty-five institutions, including international organizations, foundations specialized in educational improvement, study centers and networks supporting educational improvement.
  • In a first stage, it will create a national map with programs to support the improvement of learning and identify which initiatives work and what are the keys to their effectiveness, to help educational communities make decisions based on the available evidence.

The Ministry of Education, together with Fundación Chile, presented this Tuesday the public-private alliance to improve learning “Sumar Saberes”, an initiative that incorporates a wide range of actors, including foundations specialized in educational improvement, international organizations and private individuals, whose coordination It is based on the recognition of common objectives and shared responsibility in education.

The purpose of “Sumar Saberes” is to support and accelerate the improvement of learning, especially fundamental learning (for example, mathematics and reading) and socio-emotional learning, through the promotion of evidence-based decision making and the effectiveness of spending and investments. in education, identifying which initiatives to support educational improvement work, what conditions enable their success, how they are implemented in diverse contexts, how they are scaled and made sustainable.

The presentation of the alliance took place at the National Cinematheque of the La Moneda Cultural Center and included the participation of the Minister of Education, Nicolás Cataldo; the Undersecretary of Education, Alejandra Arratia; the Undersecretary of Early Childhood Education, Claudia Lagos; Rodrigo Egaña, director of the Directorate of Public Education; Miguel Farías, Superintendent of Education; Gino Cortez, executive secretary of the Education Quality Agency; Valtencir Mendes, head of Education at the UNESCO Multisector Office in Santiago; Paolo Mefalopulos, Unicef ​​representative in Chile; Mario Aguilar, national president of the College of Teachers; Hernán Araneda, general manager of Fundación Chile, and representatives of foundations participating in the alliance and educational institutions, teachers, managers and students.

Inflection point

In June 2023, the Council for Educational Reactivation, convened by Mineduc, presented a report with recommendations to enrich the strategy to address the great challenges of the educational system that were exacerbated by the pandemic. One of their suggestions was to “develop an observatory that records and systematizes experiences reported as effective for improving learning at all levels and subjects” at the national level and also “makes them available to the educational system as recommendations for training practices, creating a evidence-based repository. This recommendation prompted the Ministry of Education and Fundación Chile to form “Sumar Saberes.”

“We are at a very important moment, at a turning point for what is to come. The challenge of reactivation is long-term, how do we project this process of educational transformation, so that the learning results are consistent with the investment capabilities that the country has in education,” said the Minister Nicolás Cataldo.

“Sumar Saberes is an initiative that seeks public-private collaboration to face the challenges that the educational system faces in the future. We are very interested in being able to explore all the good things that are being done in educational establishments and kindergartens, to learn about the experience, study it, gather evidence and, based on the evidence, scale those that are more significant and that can have a greater impact. in learning results,” added the authority.

Alejandra Arratia, Undersecretary of Educationpointed out that “from the Ministry of Education we understand Educational Reactivation as a country cause, which requires joining efforts, knowledge and generating collective intelligence, in order to identify initiatives that are making a difference, marking a positive impact and being able to make them visible, to contribute in decision-making in education based on this evidence.”

“We are very happy and happy about the launch of this alliance. Our goal is to generate evidence for decision-making that allows for significant improvement in learning and a more equitable education, which eliminates the gaps that persist in our educational system.” she added.

Joaquín Walker, executive secretary of the Educational Reactivation Plan, agrees on the urgency of reducing such gaps “through the identification, promotion and scaling of evidence-based educational practices. Furthermore, we seek to make Chilean education more resilient and adaptive to future global and local challenges,” he indicated. For this, “it will be essential expertise from various members of Sumar Saberes, including the What Works Hub for Global Education at the University of Oxford, which seeks to increase literacy, numeracy and other key skills in low- and middle-income countries by finding out what “It works to improve learning and how to scale it.”

Hernán Araneda, general manager of Fundación Chile, He maintained that for the organization he leads, “this collaboration is fundamental. The name Sumar Saberes confirms that we are not starting from scratch, but that here there is a quantity of innovation occurring in the educational system, in its different manifestations, in foundations, in think tanks, of course at the level of the supporters, of the municipalities. . Today the effort is to act with collective intelligence. “This is an effort of collaborative and radical innovation, of entities that put themselves at the service of a long-range country challenge.”

Stages and governance

In a first stage, the alliance will create a national map with programs to support the improvement of learning and identify which initiatives work and what conditions enable their success. Its methodology will allow the points of view of students and teachers to be included in the survey, because their voice is fundamental in the entire process. The alliance will seek to project a next phase, in which it would develop a laboratory for innovation that allows piloting the sustainable scaling of those effective initiatives to improve learning, thus seeking to influence educational policies to have a greater impact.

The Strategic Council of the alliance is made up of Mineduc (through the Undersecretary of Early Childhood Education and the Undersecretary of Education), Quality Agency, Directorate of Public Education, Fundación Chile, Fundación Anglo American, Fundación Luksic, Fundación BHP, Fundación MC, Fundación Educacional Oportunidad, Unesco, Unicef, University of Oxford, IDB, CAF, the UC Center for Public Policies, the Center for Advanced Research in Education of the University of Chile (CIAE). Its objective is to ensure the strategic coordination of the Alliance and its sustainability over time. Likewise, it has the support of the Hub for Global Education of the University of Oxford “What Works”.

Meanwhile, the executive secretary is made up of Martín Cáceres, director of the Mineduc Innovation Center, and Valentina Quiroga, Human Development Manager of Fundación Chile. Its objective is to implement the strategic decisions of this initiative and develop the technical-financial execution that emerges from it.

In addition, Sumar Saberes has a Network of Alliances, which will collaborate to fulfill its mission. To date, it is made up of Collective Action for Education, the Por un Chile que Lee network, the National Corporation of Private Schools of Chile (Conacep), Collective Effect, Public Good, Initial Education 2030, the Federation of Private Education Institutions ( FIDE), the Association of Regional Governors of Chile (Agorechi), the Chilean Association of Municipalities (ACHM), Fundación Arauco and Instituto Natura. One of the objectives is for more entities to join this alliance.

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