The programme Escuelas Gestoras del Cambio (Schools as Actors of Change) was launched in 2008. The focus lies on the national educational politics as the programme actively contributes to the Ecuadorian ‘Ten Year Plan of Education 2006-2015’. Furthermore, VVOB supports the compliance with the international guidelines that Ecuador agreed upon: Education for All, the Millennium Development Goals and the Declaration of Paris.
Escuelas Gestoras del Cambio supports the Ministry of Education and the National Secretariat of Higher Education, Science, Technology and Innovation (SENESCYT) to attain these specific goals:
- strengthening Continuing Professional Development;
- increasing the quality of initial teacher training;
- improving the system of educational inspection and supervision.
Hereby the programme wants to pursue efficiency, effectiveness and sustainability via organisation-wide learning.
Escuelas Gestoras del Cambio is the result of a cooperation between VVOB, the Ministry of Education and SENESCYT. The programme provides a complete and integrated answer to the different challenges in the primary education system faced by the country.
First half of the programme
In the first half of the programme (2008-2010) VVOB worked in cooperation with the Ministry of Education, the National Council of Higher Education and a national team of civil servants from different divisions. Furthermore, ten provincial teams have been set up. Every provincial team had representatives of the divisions Curriculum, Primary Education, Supervision, Teacher Training, etc. These teams had to make the link between the central level and the (networks of) schools that participate in the programme. VVOB strengthened these teams in the systematisation of experiences, plans, facilitation of workshops; and in their monitoring and evaluation.
VVOB also cooperated with fifteen teacher training institutes and several universities. Ten institutional plans were developed in cooperation with VVOB. Five inter-institutional work groups developed plans for different themes: teachers’ profile, curriculum, internships, interculturality and organisational structure. In cooperation with the Ministry of Education the programme also realised a new model for supervision.
Second half of the programme
In the second half of the programme VVOB works more on a central level and in the entire country. The previous experiences in the provinces help to preserve the relationship with the local level; however most activities are now situated at the level of national actors: the Ministry of Education and SENESCYT. Examples of actions are:
- developing user guides for mathematics in primary education (teacher training);
- supporting the establishment of the National University of Education;
- implementing the new model for educational inspection and supervision.