Five proposals have been selected for this year's Active Teachers Program that also considers a series of activities to be carried out by each chosen teacher between April 24 and 28 in Punta Arenas.

This year 26 applications were received, 4 from the Magallanes Region and 22 from the Araucanía Region, of which 5 pairs of participants were selected.

Those selected for this 2019 version, will participate in a three-day program between April 24th and 28th in Punta Arenas. The first day of the program considers a tour of the Museum of Natural History of Río Seco and a work session with its educational team, a dialogue with the filmmaker Tiziana Panizza, to talk about interdisciplinarity, the creative experience of filmmaking and its different possibilities in the field of education.

The second day will be marked by a field trip to the San Isidro Lighthouse and the location of the missing whaling plant of the Whaling Society of Magallanes, in Bahía Águila. There, the participants will recognize the natural and cultural spaces, their ecology, history and archeology.

Finally, the participants will discuss the experience and share their proposals for an interdisciplinary workshop on art and nature with the rest of the group for a peer-review session.

It should be noted that it is very important within the Active Teachers program that the experiences and learning generated be transferred by the participants to their respective students and establishments. In this way, teachers are conceived as replicating agents of these educational innovations, in which art and nature are connected.

Below, a description of each of the selected projects:

A theoretical-practical workshop for seventh grade students that seeks to connect with the territory through art, natural sciences and language. Based on the work of Francisco Coloane, ecology classes and field trips, the students will explore narratives about nature and tune in with all their senses to create an “ephemeral habitat” in Chacabuco Park, with collected natural elements that have to do with their identity.

A workshop aimed at young adults (9th grade), based on the creation of a scenic work on “The occupation of Araucanía.” Through the registration and collection of Epews (Mapuche oral stories), in the Temulemu community, the students together with their teachers will create a work in which they will experiment with the sound recording of the stories, the audiovisual and shadow puppet theater. The workshop will finalize with a dialogue open to the community and talk about interculturality.

Based on the manufacture of pinhole cameras, their operation and development, the workshop seeks to capture the current status of the araucarias of the Huerquehue National Park, in order to highlight the danger they are in. The process aims to reflect on the nature-society relationship for students to share their research with the rest of the educational community through the exhibition of photographs and open talks.

A workshop designed for kindergarten and first grade students based on the search and observation of birds in the areas of Villarrica and the peninsula of Licán Ray. Various aspects of birds, sounds, movements and construction of nests will be explored, among others, which will then be portrayed in different media, along with a dance presentation, which relates the dance of birds with folk dances.

The project consists in the recognition of the natural environment offered by Cerro Ñielol National Park, through a walk through its trails and experimentation with natural pigments created by the students, as a means to remember the textile technique of the Mapuche people. In addition, those natural dyes will be used to make a fanzine.