Tag Archives: Santiago

Santiago Marches for Sexual Diversity

2 Oct

While the Chilean education movement continues to take names, thousands participated yesterday in a March for Sexual Diversity.

For a country that is in theory still shaking off its conservative politics, ties to the church and the legacy of a ruthless dictatorship, they sure know how to lure people into the streets:

Expertos afirman, en Chile Educación gratuita y pública Sí es posible

11 Sep

Más allá de las movilizaciones, más allá del rompimiento de ciertos pactos nacionales, más allá del vencimiento de algunos códigos y etiquetas democráticas construidas mucho antes de que la actual generación de estudiantes naciera, si nos vamos al tema puntual y original de todo el movimiento chileno del cual el mundo ha sido testigo en los últimos meses, al centro de todo esto está el sistema educativo.

Todo este año hemos visto a los millones de jóvenes chilenos exigir: EDUCACION GRATUITA Y DE CALIDAD. Ahora, luego de escuchar y leer aquellas demandas, la pregunta es lógica: ¿es aquello posible?

Porque una cosa es lograr que todo un país ponga la atención sobre determinado tema, que el mundo, aunque sea por un segundo, de vuelta la cabeza y mire a este lugar tan al sur, y otra cosa distinta es la  cabida dentro de la realidad técnica y económica como la de una propuesta que implica que el sostenimiento y financiamiento de todo el sistema educativo venga desde el aparato estatal y sin perder una coma de calidad, al contrario, en el caso chileno, avanzando en aquel ultimo punto.

Dejamos aquí, entonces, un link de prensa, donde se comenta como un grupo de economistas de un par de universidades publicas y privadas nacionales, entre ellasla Universidadde Chile – la mejor universidad del país y la quinta o sexta en Latinoamérica –  se reúnen bajo la iniciativa de la fundación TERRAM, y, primero, afirman que todo aquello dela EDUCACIONGRATUITAY DE CALIDAD sí es posible, y, segundo, elaboran ellos mismos una propuesta paso a paso en función de su afirmación.

Les dejamos, además, el propio documento a continuación.

La educación en Chile, problemas de naturaleza y financiamiento

21 Aug

 

Una interesante discusión en la televisión chilena entre dos economistas, donde explican con mucha claridad el sistema educativo chileno desde el punto de vista de su financiamiento. Este video es francamente imperdible, para entender qué sucede en Chile, es necesario verlo. Una explicación muy académica, pero a la vez sencilla donde se aborda el denominado lucro a profanidad.

Cuanto cuesta estudiar en Chile?????

21 Aug

Según El País, los aranceles universitarios chilenos son los más caros luego de los de Estados Unidos, es decir, Chile es el segundo país que más les cobra a sus jóvenes por tener una carrera universitaria. La pregunta es, entonces, ¿es proporcional a la calidad? o sea ¿Son las universidades chilenas aquellas que le otorgan mayores beneficios académicos y profesionales futuros a sus estudiantes?

Oh…Only About 10,000 More Victims of the Pinochet Dictatorship

18 Aug

A Human Rights commission in Chile has determined that there were… oh…only 10,000 more victims of the Pinochet regime than originally thought.

That brings the total number of individuals who were jailed and tortured regime to over 40,000. All of these new victims had been, according to the BBC: 

  • Detained and/or tortured for political reasons by agents of the state or people at its service
  • Victims of forced disappearances or been executed for political reasons by agents of the state or people at its service
  • Been kidnapped or been the victims of assassination attempts for political reasons.
President Piñera received the new report at La Moneda. This one has to be awkward – Thank you for this report that will contribute to Peace and Justice in Chile. And yes, I will continue to uphold the dictator’s education policy. There were more protests today – 100,000 people were reported marching in Santiago. ( The Washington Post seems to be the only major newspaper en el norte covering the story)

 

CNN Chile has coverage of today’s student leader Camila Vallejo Dowling dubbing today’s protest the Marcha de las Paraguas (March of the Umbrellas):

 

 

“I Study to Learn and to Change My Country… But Not Like This, Not With a Covered Face…”

14 Aug

As students in Chile continue to protest and demand quality and free public education, of course (as there always has been in Chile) there is a conflict over tactics. In this video – via Silvia Viñas – students prevent a group of hooded protestors from setting up a barricade and setting it aflame.  One student debates, “I study to learn and to change my country… but not like this, not with a covered face…”

 

Not that there hasn’t been a fair share of burning and looting. Still, given the recent street fights in England it is fascinating we can watch this debate from afar. This student movement has shown some serious responsibility – even using Facebook to raise funds to replace a bystander’s burned up car and showing up the day after protests to clean up the streets.

Meanwhile President Piñera, the businessman CEO who is the first right-winger to take the presidential reigns since Pinochet,  is fed up with the protests and his abysmal 26% approval rating. Speaking at a signing-ceremony for a law intended to appease the protestors he remarked, “We all want education, healthcare, and many more things for free, but I want to remind them that nothing is free in this life. Someone has to pay.”  

You elect a businessman. You get business.

And in addition to the police repression, the right has employed some meaningless and frivolous tactics against the movement – like releasing the personal information of student leader Camila Vallejo. 

The students are not having any of it. This weekend the movement  rejected dialogue with the Chilean congress and announced a new round of protests.

Meanwhile the quotable monster of Latin American journalism, Eduardo Galeano, recently chimed in  with his support for the student movement, sending his support to the “brave young people that are giving us all a lesson in dignified democracy from the streets of Chile.”

More on the Student Protests in Chile…

10 Aug

The student protests and violent reaction by the Carabineros continued in Chile yesterday –  according to La Tercera between 70 and 80 thousand people participated with 273 people arrested. They have some great images. 

As does satirical Chilean newspaper The Clinic – you can see their images here.

Finally for this morning -and  for (Chilean) spanish speakers, the students are promoting a documentary produced by TeleSur (Hugo Chavez’s Latin American version of Al Jazeera) – Mal Educados!  – El Problema de la Educación en Chile (Poorly educated! The Problem of Education in Chile), which shows “the root of the problem like no Chilean channel would, or ever will in the future.”

Make sure to check out the Michael Jackson thriller dance protest at the start. Even for non-Spanish speakers, the tone, music and images are worth your time.