Of the 26 applications received, the proposals of five pairs of teachers were chosen, who will participate in a three day program of activities and workshops from the 24th to the 28th of April in Punta Arenas.
The chosen teachers will have the opportunity to visit the Río Seco Natural History Museum and learn about their educational program. Filmmaker Tiziana Panizza will also present her work and talk with the teachers about interdisciplinarity in film and education.
The program will also include a visit to the San Isidro Lighthouse (the southernmost lighthouse on the continent) and learn methodologies that combine ecology, history and archaeology to teach about natural and cultural heritage. A final session of reflecting and sharing experiences amongst each other will conclude the schedule of activities in Punta Arenas.
The following are the selected projects for this year’s program:
- “Ecological Art Actions,” by Macarena Perich and Carolina Pavicic of the Colegio Charles Darwin in Punta Arenas is one of the selected projects and consists of a theoretical-practical workshop for 7th grade students. Its main objective is to learn about one’s territory through art, natural science and literature, and also incorporates the work of Chilean writer Francisco Coloane.
- “Sound History of the Land” by Camilo Vásquez and Marcelo Carvajal from the Liceo Lucila Godoy Alcayaga in Traiguén, Araucanía region. It is a workshop for 9th grade students and consists of the creation of a play titled The Occupation of the Araucanía. Students and teachers together will experiment with sound recordings of Mapuche tales, audiovisual recordings and shadow theater. The project will conclude with a group discussion open to the community about interculturality.
- “Photographing the Araucaria to Ensure its Preservation” by Carmen Albornoz and Isabel Vega from the Escuela Municipal Carileufu in Pucón, Araucanía region. Based on the making of pinhole cameras and their use, the workshop seeks to capture the current state of the araucaria trees in the Huerquehue National Park, in order to highlight their endangered status.
- “Úñüm Tañi Mapu” (Birds of my Homeland) by María Claudia Grad and Lorena López of the Liceo Alexander Graham Bell in Villarrica, Araucanía region. It is a workshop intended for kindergarten students based on the search and observation of birds on the coast of the Villarrica lake and the Lican Ray peninsula. Students will explore various aspects of birds, sounds, movements and nest formation which will then be represented in various artistic forms.
- “Dyes from Ñielol” by Jairo Troppa and Javiera Delgado of the CECREA Temuco and the Escuela Andrés Bello in Temuco, Araucanía region. The project recognizes the natural environment of the surrounding Ñielol Hill National Park, through a walk along its trails and experimentation with natural pigments made by students as a method of learning the textile technique of the Mapuche. In addition, these natural dyes will be used to make a fanzine.
A key aspect of the Active Teachers Program lies in the teacher’s ability to instigate change in their communities hence the Punta Arenas workshops will focus on learning how to then replicate and transfer the learnings on how art and nature can connect to their respective students and establishments.