SANTA CRUZ DE TENERIFE, December 27 (EUROPA PRESS) –
The Ministry of Education of the Government of the Canary Islands informs this Monday that the archipelago will have this year, and in the next two years, with 39.5 million euros to promote schooling in the first Cycle of Early Childhood Education with new places of Public ownership, primarily, for girls and boys of 1 and 2 years old.
Specifically, the islands will receive 11.9 million euros in 2021; another 19.6 million euros for next year, and 7.9 million euros more for 2023.
This initiative is included in the framework of the ‘Territorial Cooperation Program for the Modernization and Digitization of the Educational System’, including early education from 0 to 3 years, of the State Recovery and Resilience Mechanism aimed at creating 1,293 tenure positions public for 2021, the same for 2022, and the same for 2023, which add a total of 3,879 places in the three years.
These actions should be destined, on the one hand, to the reform, rehabilitation and equipping of new classrooms in order to adapt the spaces to the educational needs of the students in this educational cycle, the construction of new nursery schools and the provision of the centers of ownership of the autonomic Administration, as well as local.
On the other hand, on a temporary and extraordinary basis, these investments will be used to pay the remuneration of the personnel necessary for the start-up of the investment and the operating expenses of the new positions.
In this sense, the financing for 2021 and 2022 will be directed both to infrastructure expenses and to those for the operation of the new squares, while that of 2023, planned with a smaller amount, will be only for infrastructure.
Once the schooling produced during the four years of execution of this measure has been consolidated, the educational administrations will assume with their ordinary budgets the maintenance of the places created.
The agreement of the Education Sector Conference maintains that there is consensus on the importance of participation in Early Childhood Education as one of the most important criteria for improving future educational results and performance, and cites the OECD when stating that students 15-year-olds who completed this Cycle have better results in the PISA study than those who did not, even taking into account their socioeconomic context.
In Spain, he warns, in the last ten years there has been a growth in the enrollment rate for Infants (0, 1 and 2 years) that has been uneven, as social and territorial differences have been observed.
Among the reasons why families do not take their children to care centers and Early Childhood Education, the main one (52.4%) is not being able to assume the expense that this service entails, highlights the Ministry in a note.
Therefore, it concludes that the availability and accessibility of high-quality services in areas where families with low educational and income levels reside, single-parent families, minorities, or migrant families have a high impact on the promotion of equality and equality. social inclusion, and favors equal opportunities for girls and boys in rural areas. In addition, the extension of early childhood education contributes to the early detection and attention of specific needs.
The Ministry of Education, Universities, Culture and Sports of the Government of the Canary Islands continues the work for the approval of the Strategic Plan of the First Cycle of Early Childhood Education of the Canary Islands.
Last Thursday the regional government signed a framework cooperation agreement with the Canarian Federation of Municipalities (Fecam) which establishes the general formulas for the management and shared financing of the municipally-owned schools that provide this educational level.
In the same way, the two parties, and on the same date, signed another cooperation agreement for the management of the aid program for these centers.
Likewise, on November 29, the head of the department, Manuela Armas, presented the general lines of the same to the parliamentary groups for their knowledge and so that they could make contributions.
In the archipelago, this action aims to increase public places to reach 40% of the school population between 0 and 2 years of age in 2025.
Its approval is both a mandate of the Canarian Non-University Education Law and an objective of the Government included in the Pact of Flowers that coincides with the impulse that this school educational stage has wanted to give to the Organic Law of Modification of the Organic Law of Education (LOMLOE), in addition to being an end of the Canary 2030 Agenda.