80 teachers who studied the specialty in Gender and Equality Policies in Education of INTEC present final works
The third round of the specialty in Gender and Equality Policies in Education of INTEC, which is developed with the support of INAFOCAM, is the one with the greatest participation of the programs of the academic offer on gender issues
SANTO DOMINGO. – A total of 80 teachers presented their final projects of the specialty in Gender and Equality Policies in Education, given by el Instituto Tecnológico de Santo Domingo (INTEC), in collaboration with the National Institute for Teacher Education and Training (INAFOCAM) and the Ministry of Education (MINERD).
The participants in the specialty, from the National District, Greater Santo Domingo, San Cristóbal, San Pedro de Macorís and Higüey, designed 19 pedagogical research-action projects, within the framework of the subject Integrative Project: Identification and Preparation of Preliminary Project of the Plan of Study of the Specialty, with the support of the Pedagogical Accompaniment Program that was implemented during the last three quarters.
This group of professionals from the Dominican educational system, who overcame challenges to achieve this professional achievement, last Saturday, June 25, shared about the experiences, perspectives and challenges of education for equality in the Dominican Republic, and about the results of a year learning throughout the program.
The seminar held in the Social Security Auditorium was attended by Dalul Ordehi, dean of the INTEC Social Sciences and Humanities Area, and the director of education and psychology of the Ministry of Education, Francisca de la Cruz.
Dr. Ordehi indicated that the new specialists have the task of make schools violence-free, discrimination and provide a quality education with a suitable gender perspective.
“In this seminar we present all the work that, from the research and analysis of the global and particular realities of each educational space, we could impact for the elimination of inequalities, so that this is a process of collective construction and not of scattered voices”, expressed the Dr. Ordehi in the opening words of the event.
Marcelina Piña, INAFOCAM national teaching coordinator, thanked INTEC for the accompaniment in these specialized trainings and held the new list of specialists responsible for bringing to each space the new strategies promoted by the specialty in schools, spaces "where our children are" .
Also present at the activity were Irene Machado, postgraduate coordinator of the Area of Social Sciences and Humanities, Desireé del Rosario, coordinator of the specialty in Gender and Equality Policies in Education and the Center for Gender Studies of INTEC (CEG-INTEC) and Sheila Báez, coordinator of the Pedagogical Accompaniment Program of the specialty. These last two received recognition from the student body in gratitude for the support provided during the academic training process.
On the specialty in Gender and Equality Policies in Education
The Specialty in Gender and Equality Policies in Education is aimed at developing the skills that enable its graduates to develop and implement educational plans and programs that promote equity between women and men, with the aim of responding to the demands of respect and equality without discrimination.
It is aimed at professionals with an ethical and social commitment, and with training in education from a gender, critical and interdisciplinary perspective.
Melvin Orlando Valentín, a physical education teacher who was part of this third round of graduates, shared his impressions on the academic training of the program.
“From my position as father, teacher, pastor, it changed the mental paradigms I had regarding equality. At first, when I was doing the specialty, I was a bit confused, thinking that perhaps by mentioning the word gender I was going to bring countervalues to my beliefs. However, once I was in the program I discovered that no, it was the opposite”, detailed.
Valentín affirmed that the program is a necessary tool for any teacher who wants to promote equity in their jobs, their homes and in the different spaces in which they interact.
In this third round, 94% of the participants are women, 34% have a specialty degree and 70% have less than 10 years of teaching experience.