National literacy plan – Infobae

National literacy plan – Infobae
National literacy plan – Infobae

The literacy plan aims to ensure that all children reach third grade knowing how to read and write, and that literacy is a driving force to accelerate other learning (Freepik)

A few days ago the National government presented a literacy plan in the province of San Juan. Without a doubt, the chosen site is symbolic, it is the cradle of Sunday F. Sarmientowho, when he was president, founded 800 schools In just four years of management and his ideas were founding for the educational system Argentinian.

The aforementioned plan, whose objectives are for all children to reach third grade knowing how to read and write and for literacy to be a driving force for accelerating other learning, has some axes.

The first refers to literacy for children from 0 to 8 years of age, a significant issue, since in previous proposals it only included children from 4 years of age, at the beginning of compulsory schooling.

The new plan involves literacy training for children from 0 to 8 years old (Getty Images)

However, the preliminary stage is of fundamental importance because it is fundamental for reading and writing. Putting the child in contact with stories, songs, rhymes or motor coordination games -among others- gradually forms him as a future reader.

In addition, another axis of the plan is of vital importance, which points out the commitment to community outreach. Clearly, no one learns alone, it takes teachers committed, but also of families protagonists in the process and other institutions involved, such as civil associations, ONG or municipalities that are responsible for organizing different proposals that accompany this national action.

The literacy program also includes teacher training (Getty Images)

In turn, another axis refers to the transversality of learning and the importance of having books or other material resources that come together for this purpose.

And finally, a significant issue that the government raises is the teacher trainingthe need to reinforce the learning of this subject in future teachers. However, it does not make clear how they will train the teachers who are currently in the classroom since, apparently, they are the cause of the problem.

Although one thing they did say is that they will be evaluated, but they will not have the necessary training to bring about change within the classrooms; therefore, it is assumed that they will do more of the same. Therefore, there will be no authentic evaluation if it is not intertwined with teaching and learning; that is, if we do not teach how to teach, so that students learn better and then monitor whether there has been improvement.

In previous plans, literacy was taught from the age of 4 onwards (Shutterstock 162)

On the other hand, the national government, since January, has not paid teachers the amount corresponding to the National Teacher Incentive Fund (FONID)a product of the tax that we citizens pay when we buy cars or boats. In this sense, there is a devaluation of the teaching task.

In conclusion, while a literacy plan is necessary and urgent, with the commitment of all the provinces, as we saw in Sarmiento’s homeland, it is also urgent to value the daily work that teachers do so that children learn not only reading and writing or basic knowledge of calculation or science, but also coexistence, being with others so that they understand that we are part of a society that if it is not “patched” there will be no possibility of being woven together again.

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