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University Enrollment Rises 294 percent in Venezuela

Venezuelan University Students
Venezuela  ranks fifth in the world in the number of university students. This Monday 2,630,000 Venezuelan students resumed their studies in public or private universities. The total number of students at the highest level shows a striking 294 percent rise in the last 14 years, from 894,418 students in the year 2000.

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Venezuela Provides 30 Million Free Textbooks For New School Year

Venezuela's students using Canaima software to control their robot (Photo: AVN)

An estimated 10 million Venezuelan students will return to school for the new academic year. Venezuela's Education Minister, Hector Rodríguez said, “most of our citizens are now in classrooms, this is historic.”

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Update: Childcare Workers Suspend Vigil, Begin Negotiations inside Venezuela’s National Assembly

A few of the childcare workers towards the end of day 2 of vigil (Arlene Eisen)

Ten days ago, with at least one representative from each of Venezuela’s 23 states, some 100 childcare workers gathered for a vigil outside the National Assembly. They vowed they would stay until the government acted on their demands for a living wage, benefits and recognition as workers.

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Seven Million Students To Participate in Venezuela’s National Education Consultation

The National Consultation for Quality Education will be rolled out nationwide over the next five months. (Juventud Rebelde)

Students, teachers and parents from around 29, 000 educational institutions across Venezuela are expected to participate in a nation-wide consultation scheme.

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Venezuela seeks to consolidate its model of higher education

Venezuela seeks to consolidate its model of university education, according to data from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the South American country has the fifth highest number in the world of students enrolled in higher education.

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Robotics Classroom Program Promotes Venezuelan Children’s Technological Talent

One of the robots (VTV)

Thanks to the Creative Classrooms Program called I like Robotics, that the Venezuelan government is promoting, children between the ages of eight and twelve years are involved in the technological advances of the country, with the building of robots.

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Venezuelan University Strikes End, Not Everyone Returns to Class

The university protests were aimed at the national government (Tamara Pearson / Venezuelanalysis.com)

Despite teachers at the University of the Andes (ULA) and Central University of Venezuela (UCV) voting to end strikes, students at the ULA have reported that not all classes have resumed.

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Venezuelan School Year Begins with Free Books and Laptops

Around eight million pre and primary school children begin the new Venezuelan school year today (AVN)

Around eight million pre and primary school children began the new Venezuelan school year today, with the government announcing the distribution of free textbooks and laptops to educational centres.

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Alternative Education Can Eliminate Corruption

Myriam Anzola (in blue) with the recent alternative pedagogy graduates (Leandro Irion)

Participatory education based on empowering students through their active involvement in their community is an essential tool for fighting corruption in the long term.

 

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Bolivarian Education in Venezuela

(José Correa/ Juventud Rebelde)

I never heard the words “accountability”or“high stakes testing” once in a recent educator delegation to Venezuela. As a U.S. professor of teacher education, I seldom have discussions about education policies and realities in my own country without confronting these fraught concepts. But in the schools and educational systems of Venezuela? Not part of the discussion.

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