For the tenth consecutive year, the National Educational Excellence Contest awarded the best Ecuadorian and Ibero-American teaching project. The winners received trips abroad and an incentive of $ 15,000.
Jorge Albuja, a teacher from Guayaquil, was the national winner of the X National and V Iberoamerican Competition of Educational Excellence, organized by the Fidal Foundation.
The professor, who teaches at the American College of the Main Port, presented the project called Mudic (Museum of Cultural Diversity) with which he won the award, $ 10,000 and a trip to Dubai to attend the ceremony of the World Teacher Award.
The project was born in 2012 and seeks to register and disseminate various cultural expressions of students, teachers and parents of the secondary section of that educational center.
The Mudic revalues non-formal knowledge and puts into question the socio-cultural situation of foreign minors and other provinces residing in Guayaquil. Albuja added that work is being done on the preservation of intangible cultural heritage, the concept of global citizenship and interculturality.
At the ceremony, acknowledgments were also given to poetess and journalist Rosa Amelia Alvarado Roca, Rubén Darío Álvarez and lawyer Isabel Robalino.
Likewise the doctor, Argentine poet and writer Ernesto Kahan, Nobel Peace Prize winner in 1985 and Noelia Garella, first person with Down syndrome who works as a preschool teacher in Argentina.
The educational project with which the Colombian teacher Esteban Pérez achieved recognition of educational excellence in Latin America is based on bullying. His idea seeks the improvement of coexistence in the classroom through the use of information and communication technologies (ICT).
“I went with everything. With a lot of passion and love for what I do, but I prepared for the interview with the jury. I read a lot, I relied on Enrique Chaux, who has written about the peace classrooms in Colombia, “said the Cucuteño teacher.
Pérez arrived in Quito for the award. Before the ceremony began he said that he teaches classes to the last years of baccalaureate of the Rafael Uribe Uribe Educational Unit.
The initiative was born to see the alarming levels of bullying in your school, in your city and in your country.
The teacher competed with two of the best teachers in the region: Wemerson Nogueira, from Brazil and Inés Bulacio, from Argentina.
He assured that his participation in the contest was one of the most enriching experiences he has lived, because he was able to share with excellent professionals and participate in teacher training workshops.
The future of + Comics + Peace is to link more children in the fight against bullying.
Angélica Núñez teaches Mathematics and Computer Science classes to the students of the last three years of the baccalaureate of the Jacinto Jijón y Caamaño Fiscal Education Unit, located in the Sangolquí sector in the outskirts of Quito.
The teacher’s proposal was the construction and implementation of low-cost portable interactive whiteboards using an infrared marker and recycled materials as teaching resources in the classroom.
Her idea was born out of the need for her students of “low income” to access technology. In the establishment where he teaches there are computer labs with 20 machines. In each course there are between 40 and 50 students, so the children must share the computers and other times they cannot participate 100% in the classes.
Faced with this reality, Núñez investigated and set out to build, with her students, an interactive whiteboard. To achieve their goal they used the control of the Nintendo Wii, valued at about $ 30.
That control has an infrared camera that detects movements. Their students, based on their knowledge of basic electronics, learned to develop the markers that today are used in that educational institution. “Many of my students had never seen an intelligent blackboard. This technological tool allows them to capture knowledge better”. (I)