Santander (EFE) years in the classroom.
The president of the regional government, Miguel Ángel Revilla, who closed the Teaching Day event, thanked them for their “almost heroic behavior” in the years of the covid, in which “education has been a refuge, the safest place that there has been in Cantabria ».
“As in recent years, we owe you this double gratitude: for a life dedicated to the classroom and for such an important additional effort, that of the last courses”, the Minister of Education, Marina Lómbó, told them.
On behalf of the teachers who have retired, María Elena Vellido and José Nicasio Sánchez spoke, recalling that the teachers of their generation have experienced various revolutions in the classroom since the eighties.
The act has been presented by students from Primary, Secondary, Special Education and Vocational Training and among other guests, in addition to representatives of the entire educational community, the Vice President of Cantabria, Pablo Zulaoaga, the Government delegate, Ainoa Quiñones; the mayoress of Santander, Gema Igual and other civil and military authorities.
The music was provided by the students of the Torrelavega Professional Conservatory and the voices of the children of the Salvador de Barreda School, who performed “Viento del Norte” to close the event.
Commitment to education
During the closure, the president has defended that education is the most important problem in the world. «It is the lack of education that causes extremism, fanaticism that we have experienced these days. Education is the key to make a better world », he said.
And, according to Revilla, the Government of Cantabria is making “an extraordinary effort to put theory into practice”, dedicating, for example, the first 35 million euros of European funds to the educational system or increasing the budget that it dedicates to it until, 623 million euros in 2023, which is 130 more than the previous year.
The president also stressed that, according to data from the Ministry of Education, Cantabria “is at the forefront in practically everything.”
A special moment
For the Minister of Education, Teacher’s Day, which has been celebrated again after three years in its traditional setting and format, is, after the first day of class, the second special moment of the course, a day to remember “the contribution essential, irreplaceable and essential of teachers to our society”.
“We have an educational system to be proud of”, stressed Lombó, who added that the educational system “today meets the needs of our students more and better and adapts to the needs of a complex and constantly changing society” and the The Government dedicates a substantially larger budget to it each year than the previous year, aware that the only option is constant improvement.
The vice president of Parliament, Emilia Aguirre, who spoke on behalf of the Chamber, recalled that schools have changed a lot but what does not change is the teacher, who with the new tools “continues to do what they always do: teach.”
His mission, he stated, is that students “become people educated in good feelings, in ethical dignity and above all, in commitment to society.”
María Elena Vellido has retired after practicing for 44 years at La Milagrosa School in Polanco, which has allowed her to get to know the environment of her students very well and has fostered “an almost familiar treatment” that she believes has helped her give the best response to the needs of students.
He has encouraged the teachers who are still working to “stay strong, not to falter in their task” when, in his opinion, it seems that “some principles and values have been left aside” such as respect, freedom, forgiveness or sacrifice, which “are the ones that promote personal growth and that behavior has an impact on society.”
“The teacher, and I say this with capital letters, must be the person who provides the necessary strategies to achieve the best possible personal performance,” he has claimed.
José Nicasio Sánchez, who in his 40 years dedicated to teaching has taught in different settings, from a unitary school in Ucieda to the UNED, has reviewed the changes to which a generation of teachers who “has lived through many revolutions».
In his case, he recalled how in 1984 light came to Pandillo and the first technology was able to enter the classroom, later incorporating computers and later digital whiteboards.
He has also highlighted the contribution of that generation “to authentic attention to diversity”: integration in the eighties, then inclusion, multiculturalism and immigration.
And he believes that so much adaptation process helped them so that on the Monday following the confinement decree all the students already had materials with which to work at home.