The Andean city of Merida has been rocked over the past week by a number of worker-led protests as sub-contracted employees from the University of the Andes (ULA) demanded that they be made permanent staff in compliance with Venezuela’s new labor law.
Thousands of Venezuelans are to start work training this week, training which includes critical components and theoretical discussions, and hundreds will train in special education, as the government changes its policy towards inclusion of children with disabilities in the classroom.
By Correo del Orinoco International, Nov 20th 2011
Last week, the Venezuelan Public Defender’s Office launched a school for human rights education that will be run by the state-funded Juan Vives Suria Foundation in Caracas and will carry out seminars in twelve of the country’s 23 states.
In a move that will provide important savings for low-income families, the Venezuelan government unveiled a plan distribute 12 million new textbooks to primary school students around the country in the coming scholastic year.
In addition to nearly half of the annual budget being dedicated to social spending, the Venezuelan government, taking advantage of extra income from other sources such as high petroleum earnings, has assigned a further Bs 12.6 billion ($US 2.9 billion) to national development in the last week.