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14.03.2017 - UNESCO Office in Santiago

With the collaboration of UNESCO, Chile launches an unprecedented consultation on the proposed curriculum for the final years of high school

Screenshot from the informative video about this process (available in Youtube: https://youtu.be/nZIjiY__5lU)

New deadline: 9 April 2017

  • Through a one-day brainstorming session, to be held on March 15, 2017, students, teachers and administrative staff will be voicing their views through UNESCO-developed tools.
  • The process also seeks to include the opinions of these educational stakeholders and civil society in general, through the website www.basesdelfuturo.cl. The National Council of Education of Chile will ratify the conclusions during 2017 so that the new curriculum can come into effect by 2019.

From March 8 to April 9, 2017, Chile will participate in an unprecedented experience to discuss the school curriculum. Under the name "Bases del Futuro" (foundations for the future), students, teachers, student teachers and the general public will be able to express their opinions on the Chilean Ministry of Education’s proposed curriculum for the last two years of high school, to come into effect as of 2019.

The consultation process will take place in partnership with the Regional Bureau for Education in Latin America and the Caribbean (OREALC/UNESCO Santiago), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Fundación Chile, consisting of three stages:

  • Day of reflection in educational establishments:  promotes the participation of students, teachers, administration staff and education service providers through dialogue within all high school establishments across the country. This will be held on March 15, 2017.  The data collection tools were developed by UNESCO.

  • Online consultation: open to the general public, teachers and student teachers through the website www.basesdelfuturo.cl

  • Working with experts: curricular, disciplinary and civil society experts will be invited to participate through online questionnaires and in-person workshops.

As of March 2017, the curriculum for elementary grades 1 to 6 and grade 7 to high school grade 10 have been approved and its implementation began in 2016. The preparation of the curricula for grades 11 and 12 that, once approved, will come into effect in 2019 and 2020 respectively, will complete the mandate of the General Law on Education on this matter.
It also fulfills the commitment emanating from the Presidential Advisory Council against conflicts of interest, influence peddling and corruption, by creating a course on Citizen Education as a mandatory subject for all students in their last years of schooling.

Holistic Education for Life
The Ministry has proposed a common plan with subjects such as Language, Science and Philosophy for all establishments, including technical-professional institutes whose current syllabuses do not teach courses on Philosophy, Art or Physical Education.

24 courses in three learning areas have been proposed: Language, Science and Personal Development. Grade 11 students will need to take one specialization in each area after which, in grade 12, they may choose the one they want. In this way, students in their last two years of high school will have a say in their education, creating areas for unprecedented integration in Chilean education.

Atilio Pizarro, Section Chief for Planning, Management, Monitoring and Evaluation at OREALC/UNESCO Santiago believes this new approach to participatory curricular development opens up opportunities to form critical-thinking skills and greater creativity, as well as the existence of much more collaborative and participatory areas, in accordance with a much more dynamic and globalized world. “We are pleased with the path that the Chilean Ministry of Education has taken, as it is in line with the humanistic view of UNESCO and its E2030 Agenda, which seeks to provide citizens with a more holistic formation that prepares them for life, and also offer them the opportunity to build and perfect it themselves”.

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