Every country in the global perspective is looking on how to improve their educational standards, with more emphasize being given to high learning. Consequently, governments and even nongovernmental organizations are investing a lot in educating the society the need for high quality education. Organizations across the borders have been working to accomplish this by several means, one of them being organizing and facilitating civic gatherings where matters relating education are thoroughly discussed and well informed speakers are invited to give lectures on the subject. This essay paper focuses on one of the civic meetings and the matters that were given much weight in the diagnosis of education challenges in Brazil and the entire Latin America.
Political scientists have identified that it is the great promises that sought to improve tremendously the standards of education in Mexico that gave voters confidence to vote Vicento Fox. It is arguably said that his manifesto contained clauses that showed that he had determination to improve the quality of education in Mexico (Gropello, 33). The same was also replicated In the Brazil’s president Fernando Cardoso. The past regimes gave little attention to building and empowerment of high educational facilities. Little was allocated in budgeting for institutions of higher learning and consequently the standards of learning were heavily compromised. In this civic meeting, parents and teachers came together in various provinces and speakers who mostly comprised scholars and officials from the department of education.
High turn up of audience ranging from parents to youthful generation was enough indication that people in South America are ready to embrace change. True change starts from within you and so it is important to deal with what is within you. One speaker was quoted saying to the crowd that you can only deal with what is within you by getting the rightfully education, hence need to raise standards of education. A speaker from the education sector emphasized the governments input in magnifying both quantity and quality of education in the society as one way of improving the economy of the Latin America and reduces the disfiguring inequalities. Parents were urged to support especially the girl education as a way of increasing awareness for gender balance in all stakes of the nation (Gropello, 81). Quality education is the only way to address economic challenges in any state and therefore the entire audience was challenged to pursue the same and be willing to pay the cost. Educationist speakers took the stage by elaborating some of the main challenges that have hindered development of quality education in the area, and the possible ways to redress them. Indeed, these are not the times students used to attend lectures for the purpose of attaining good grades and at the end of the day they only graduate with a certificate. Speakers took time to challenge young scholars to study for content rather than the traditional system of cramming to pass exams.
A speaker from the department of education explained that currently the rate of enrolment has significantly gone high, with statistics showing that two-thirds of children from Latin America access at least some secondary education, while it’s only around half that number that could do so in the mid 1980’s. In this event, it came out clearly that one of the speakers whose origin is Mexico had relatively higher impartation on the audience regarding embracing high standards of education (Gropello, 28). Given that Mexico is a bit ahead education wise, this gave the speaker some mileage in articulating the cure to the South America’s poor education systems. He challenged the government to invest heavily in education sector. However, this was received with mixed reactions by the audience especially the parents who took the matter with some attitude. To counter this, domestic speakers emphasized the importance of brushing shoulders with the mighty. There were also some communication challenges resulting from some highly learned speakers using phrases too hard for the parents who formed part of the audience. To overcome this, the master of programmer of the event took some minutes to elaborate some of the points made. Generally, it was advocated that schools be properly financed and their objectives set and monitored through tests. However, it was highlighted that schools should be given a lot of administrative autonomy in doing so.
The event was heavily applauded and the audience welcomed such meetings in future as this would guarantee better education for the community hence improved lifestyle (Torres & Carlos, 17). Following the organization of such a civic education meeting, parents in that locality pledged to educate their children and the government officials promised to put into place every structure possible to achieve that.
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Torres, Carlos A, and Adriana Puiggrós. Latin American Education: Comparative Perspectives. Boulder, Colo: Westview Press, 1997.
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Wit, Hans . Higher Education in Latin America: The International Dimension. Washington, DC: World bank, 2005.
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Di, Gropello E. Meeting the Challenges of Secondary Education in Latin America and East Asia: Improving Efficiency and Resource Mobilization. Washington, DC: World Bank, 2006. Internet resource.
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