Active Teachers
2020 | Araucanía

A modified version of the original program due to the health crisis, which in its first stage had to be carried out virtually. Based on a methodology that promotes a flexible space that invites teachers to rethink the way of relating to time, space, their territories and key local agents, new forms of learning were explored together with this year's 12 selected teachers, all participating from different schools in the Araucanía.

Active Teacher 2020 has been very different from previous years. With the teachers already selected, the program had to be reformulated due to the health contingency. The foundation did not want to suspend it, because we thought it was an opportunity to help these educators during these trying times and jointly find new ways of doing things in the face of an uncertain and changing reality.

The first stage of this program took place of the course of 4 weeks (from April 6 to 30, 2020). The teachers participated in various workshops, carried out exercises in their homes that they recorded in their blogs and also met weekly in virtual meetings, to share experiences and reflect on artography, connecting with nature from within and discovering new ways of learning through all of our senses.

Once the aforementioned phase was completed, the participants reformulated their projects with which they applied to the program, to then receive feedback from Fundación Mar Adentro’s education team.

During 2021 and if the sanitary situation allows it, the second stage of the program shall be taking plac in Bosque Pehuén, Fundación Mar Adentro’s privately protected area of conservation (PPA) in the Araucanía, so that participants can deepen their multidisciplinary learning in nature.

Likewise, the following projects developed by the teaching pairs will be implemented during 2021 in each of their schools:

“School Theater Save Our Wetland” will be held by teachers Manuel Alonso Sánchez (Language and communication and theater workshop) and Cristián Marcelo Calfuman (mapuzungun teacher) at the Egon Keutmann Besgen Municipal School of Loncoche. A theater production to take place in the Huiscapi wetland, in which boys and girls from the theater workshop will perform an “Epew” (Traditional Mapuche story), starring animals that live in the wetland, to reflect on the importance of these ecosystems, their biodiversity and the great risk they are facing today. The script of the play will touch on topics such as progress versus caring for nature. Thus, indigenous language and technology subjects will work together to create this project, where students will form work teams with defined functions and times (costumes, acting, makeup, dissemination through social media, etc.). The play will be staged on a stage in the vicinity of the Huiscapi wetland, with an audience made up of students, parents, teachers, local media and special guests.

“I See You, I Observe You and I Value You”, will be carried out by Cristián Andrés Sepúlveda (art teacher) and María José Roa (natural science teacher) from the Juan Bautista Chesta School, Community of Pitrufquén. The project consists of a pedagogical outing with students from 7th and 8th grade to the Isla Municipal de Pitrufquén to observe this natural environment and describe its ecosystems and biodiversity threatened by pollution and climate change. They will make written and audiovisual records, to later develop the following activities: video interviews among peers; production of informative texts, a Pop Up creation of an observed element, realization and sound recording of a song created by the students, creation of choreography with mapping, and finally, the results will be disseminated to the community through a photographic exhibition.

“Native Species in Danger of Extinction” will be carried out by Gabriela Soledad Cervera (art teacher and technology education educator), together with Lorena Kriss Acuña (language arts teacher), who is a Montessori kindergarten educator, both from the Escuela Libre Sombra de Árbol, Villarrica. The workshop consists of an exploratory research of the natural and cultural environment, and a methodology based on projects with territorial relevance, where various topics related to the care of nature will be addressed.

“The Adventures of Dromi, A Journey to Biodiversity” will be led by Juan Carlos Muñoz Cea (art and music teacher) and Heidy Renatte Ringler Arratia (natural science teacher) from the Mariano Latorre School, Villarrica. Its central focus is to teach about the value and care for biodiversity through field trips in green areas of the town and its National Parks, with the support of students from the group of Environmental Forgers of this educational establishment. In the art subject, work will be done on the creation of posters (brochures or comics) and graffiti with messages that encourage protecting the environment, as well as on the creation of nests with waste materials that will be installed in different points of the town. Likewise, there will be a final exhibition with all the visual arts and natural sciences works related to the project.

“Wiñokintuafiyiñ Kiufike Kimün: Revitalizing Ancestral Knowledge Through Recreational Activities and Art in the Ancestral Ruka” will be carried out by teachers Gloria Hortencia Mercado Treumun (Mapuzungun) and Luis Andrés Calfunao Jorquera (Physical Education) at the Colegio Mundo Mágico in Temuco. It seeks to link the subjects of mapuzungun, physical education and science, to experiment and reflect from the Mapuche worldview on healthy lifestyles. Through different expressions such as traditional games and dances, songs, crafts, and food, scientific processes that occur during the cultivation and food processing will also be taught.

“Cultural Laboratories: Following the Route of the Dinosaurs” will be carried out by teachers Claudia Marcela Fuentes Sepúlveda (Early Childhood Education) and Susana Consuelo Martínez Tobar (Language and Communication) at Las Hortensias School, Cunco. A workshop to complement the research carried out in 2019 on dinosaurs in Cultural Laboratories, whose objective is to make the ecosystem of their territory known, through a visit to the Conguillio National Park, to visualize the flora and fauna, as well as production activities that they will exhibit for the rest of the school community.