February 13 2014
Teachers look on as they listen to speeches during their graduation ceremony where they received their master’s degrees in Quito, Ecuador, Feb. 12, 2016. | Photo: Ecuadorean Presidency
“There is nothing more important in the educational chain than the quality of our teachers,” said President Rafael Correa.
Thousands of Ecuadorean teachers received their master’s degrees Friday thanks to the government-sponsored program known as “I am a teacher and I never stop learning.”
The Ecuadorean government covers the costs of distance education at highly reputable universities in Spain such as: the Autonomous University of Madrid, the Complutense University of Madrid and the University of Barcelona.
“We chose the best universities possible precisely to ensure that this program had a very high level (of recognition) in Ecuador, “said Education Minister Augusto Espinosa.
The minister added that the government also financially backed the occasional travel of teachers to Spain.
The goal of the program is to improve the credentials of teachers currently in the public education system and by virtue of that improve the quality of education for Ecuadorean children.
2,322 teachers joined the program
A total of 2,322 teachers joined the program, which is made available to all educational professionals in the country. Over 800 of the graduates participated in an official ceremony in the Ecuadorean capital Quito alongside President Rafael Correa.
Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa greets one of the teachers who was honored with their master’s degree in Quito, Ecuador, Feb. 12, 2016. | Photo: Ecuadorean Presidency
“Events like this ceremony make us proud as a country. We mark a new milestone in the educational revolution with the addition of 2,322 teachers who complete the first international master’s program organized by our Ministry of Education,” said Correa.
The remaining participants of the programs will have their own ceremonies in the coming days in the cities of Cuenca and Guayaquil.
Investment in education has been a major priority for the Correa government
Investment in education has been a major priority for the Correa government, which has worked to strengthen bilingual education in Indigenous communities, guaranteed equal opportunity for marginalized groups, and invested oil revenues into the building of new schools.
“We have advanced greatly in terms of infrastructure, capabilities, organization and methodology but there is nothing more important in the educational chain than the quality of our teachers,” said Correa.