Educación 2020

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Educación 2020 is a Chilean civil society organization that works to ensure high-quality, inclusive education for all students in Chile. Born of a nationwide citizens movement in 2008, Educación 2020 was founded on the principle that an equitable education system is the cornerstone of a more democratic, participative, and just society.
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Educación 2020 utilizes an interconnected three-part strategy that includes: (1) capacity building in vulnerable public schools throughout the country; (2) the creation of robust education reform proposals, and; (3) a communications platform that empowers citizens to participate in the conversation.  This innovative organizational structure allows Educación 2020 to meet its dual objectives of national legislative advocacy and the improvement of vulnerable schools.

Educación 2020’s innovative model and unparalleled communication strategy have distinguished it as one of the most prominent organizations in Chile and a leader throughout the region.  The Educación 2020 team pursues the goal of increasing access to high quality, inclusive education through sustained efforts in the areas described below.

 

1)      Center for Educational Leadership: Implementing Innovative Solutions in Vulnerable Classrooms

Educación 2020’s Center for Educational Leadership (CLE) works directly with vulnerable public schools throughout the country and advocates for at-risk students with education stakeholders. By bridging the gap among schools, local governments, and private sector entities, the Center for Educational Leadership is able to increase access to resources, build institutional capacity, and improve teacher effectiveness.

The CLE professional team includes, among others, ten highly skilled educators (three of whom are licensed in special education.) Drawing on years of experience and internationally recognized best practices in education, CLE staff implements trainings customized to meet the challenges of each classroom. School administrators, principals, and teachers participate in programs that build competency and sharpen leadership and technical skills. CLE experts empower these school leaders with tools to create stimulating, violence-free environments designed to maximize learning outcomes. Through CLE-led workshops, teachers learn to integrate innovative pedagogic material and results-driven methodology into curricula. CLE staff also utilizes interactive programming to work with students in areas like reading comprehension, civic education, self-esteem, and autonomous thinking. Reflecting Educación 2020’s community focus, CLE experts work with parents on issues such as effective communication with teachers and the importance of supporting their child’s academic development. Regular feedback from CLE staff allows Educación 2020’s legislative team to create proposals that realistically address Chile’s education needs.  This feedback also allows the Communications team to launch campaigns that raise national awareness about Chile’s educational challenges.

 

2)      Educación 2020’s Communication Strategy: Empowering Citizens to Participate in the Conversation

Through the use of a creative, modern interface, Educación 2020’s communications team has built one of the strongest online and social media platforms in the region. With over 100,000 followers on Facebook and 180,000 Twitter followers, Educación 2020 can survey and inform a massive network of stakeholders on a daily basis. Harnessing the power of its robust social media platform, Educación 2020 generates clear, real-time analysis of education-related policy debates that regularly generate hundreds and in some cases thousands of online interactions in a single day. Infographics designed by Educación 2020 staff allow citizens to connect with the process by translating complex information into an accessible format.

Throughout the year, Educación 2020 uses its social media presence to launch advocacy campaigns on a range of education issues. The campaign “A Mezclarse,” launched in 2014, promotes inclusive education by highlighting discriminatory practices and providing school programming to combat them. An interactive online platform also allows individuals and civil society representatives to submit visual images representing classroom diversity. “A Mezclarse” generated 30 million social media impressions during the first two weeks of the campaign, and President Michelle Bachelet praised the initiative in a letter read aloud at the campaign’s official launch event.  

In an effort to further amplify the voice of civil society in public policy decisions, in 2015 Educación 2020 launched an online observatory to promote government accountability.  The observatory, called “Tenemos Que Hablar” (“We Have To Talk”), provides a user-friendly platform through which individuals and civil society representatives can track government progress on education-related legislation. The success of this campaign reinforces Educación 2020’s conviction that a vibrant democracy depends on empowered citizens who work as true advocates for change.

 

3)      Legislative Expertise: Engaging with Decision Makers and Proposing Concrete Solutions

Educación 2020 is a key stakeholder in the national education debate, which many experts would point to as the most relevant policy issue in Chile today. The organization’s legislative advocacy team creates collaborative and technically robust proposals designed to improve quality and inclusiveness at all levels. (This includes specific reforms in the areas of preschool, middle/high school, vocational school, and university education.) President Bachelet’s 2015 Inclusion Law, which overhauls Chile’s education system and levels the playing field for historically excluded students, includes significant proposals from Educación 2020’s 2013 Legislative Roadmap.

Radio, television, and printed media entities depend on Educación 2020 for analysis and interviews, and its policy experts make regular appearances on CNN and other international outlets. In the last two years alone, Educación 2020’s legislative team has published 80 opinion columns on education reform and participated in 45 seminars, panels, and round tables. The powerful Education Committees in both houses of Congress rely on Educación 2020 for guidance when formulating all major legislative projects, and in 2015 staff experts have formally been called on to participate in Congressional hearings on five different pieces of educational reform legislation. When announcing Adriana Delpiano as Chile’s new Minister of Education in June of 2015, President Bachelet included Ms. Delpiano’s tenure as Educación 2020’s Executive Director among her most relevant qualifications.

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