The Department of Culture, Education and University will use the so-called ‘program contracts’ in a plan that will be launched next academic year 2021/2022 with 1,250 teachers who will provide support and follow-up to some 50,000 Galician students who present academic difficulties derived from the covid-19 pandemic.
It is about the ‘Recover Plan’ presented this Monday by the Minister of Education, Román Rodríguez, in a ceremony at the CINC Building of the Cidade da Cultura, in Santiago de Compostela. There he has been accompanied by the management team of his department and by members of the committee that advised them during the health crisis.
In his speech, Rodríguez explained that this plan, endowed with 13 million euros, will seek the next course to “normalize the teaching situation” and return it to the “pre-covid scenario” through the acquisition of skills that were interrupted by the pandemic.
This roadmap, which the councilor has described as “ambitious”, will have mainly four lines of action that will consist of managing existing resources and “directing them” towards this accompaniment of the students so that “no one is left behind”.
“An immediate plan of shock”
The main project framed in the ‘Recovery Plan’ will consist of an “immediate shock plan”, as defined by Rodríguez, but which will act on two different time scales. The first will be launched in the first quarter of the academic year and will be aimed at levels other than the end of the stage: 4th and 5th of Primary; 1st, 2nd and 3rd of ESO; and 1st of Basic Vocational Training (FP). In this case, 800 teachers from the ‘ARCO’ initiative will participate.
The second line, staffed by 450 teachers from the ‘PROA’ project, will cover the entire academic year, until June 2022, and will benefit end-of-stage students: 6th Primary, 4th ESO, 1st Baccalaureate and 2nd of basic FP.
In total, “around 1,250 teachers who will be in charge of reinforcing those skills or areas not acquired throughout the course will participate, specifically for those students who need it,” the councilor stressed.
The program contracts will be used for this purpose, the call for which will be published this Monday in the Official Gazette of Galicia (DOG). It will be the educational centers themselves that must “identify” and “analyze” the difficulties arising from the pandemic in order to request the action plan “that adapts to the requirements set,” as detailed by the Minister of Education.
The second of the actions of the ‘Recupera Plan’ will be a new personal and family guidance network in Galicia (Raogal) made up of 32 centers that will serve its area of influence. They will have the objective of “developing follow-up actions for students with greater difficulties”.
The third of the lines goes through the reinforcement of the training of teachers and families so that they can carry out their training and support work. In this sense, the educational head of the Xunta explained that this year’s training plan will include news related to covid and new actions “to detect early” the specific needs of students.
Finally, the ‘Recupera Plan’ will also use specific program-contracts to promote the social-emotional education of the community and strengthen aspects such as self-esteem, empathy and resilience through coexistence plans that will affect the deficiencies left by the pandemic.
In short, the Minister of Education has underlined the intention of these actions to design a “transition” towards a new course that “everything seems that it will not be the same” as that of 2020/2021, given the advance of vaccination and the easing of restrictions.
“We have to design a return to both organizational and academic normality and try to ensure that no student is left behind,” he stressed.
In addition, Román Rodríguez has taken the opportunity to thank the work of both his team at the Department and the members of the educational committee who developed this plan. In fact, the presentation was also attended by the directors of the Valadares de Vigo institutes, Eva López Tarrío; from Ames, Marisol Louro Lestón; and from the Paradai de Lugo school, Marta Castro Girona.
Course closure 2020/21
The councilor has also valued that it is precisely now, with the course nearing completion, the time “to reflect and see how the objectives” set at the beginning of the 2020/21 academic year, marked by the pandemic, were met.
“The main objective was to maintain everything that has to do with health security, turn the centers into safe places. And all this combined with the maximum presence of the students in the classrooms,” he summarized, to then affirm that it was solved with an “outstanding” grade thanks to the “overexertion” of the entire community.
Thus, the councilor has reiterated the idea that in schools and institutes “there was no internal transmission” except for “specific cases”, but that the cases between students and teachers “went from the outside to the inside”, since the incidence of the coronavirus in the interior of the centers evolved as it did “in society in general.”