Venezuela Develops Education Sector

September 3, 2014

Later this month the Senate will consider imposing sanctions on Venezuela. The excuse will be “human rights.”

The Democratic and Republican parties have long tried to disguise the exploiting aims of U.S. imperialism under the banner of “human rights.”

Despite the chauvinist logic that U.S.-style institutions are the only legitimate international standard, the people of Venezuela have chosen a different path.

Positive results have been achieved by the Venezuelan people in many areas. In education, Venezuela has become notorious for having one of the best systems in Latin America.

Excerpts from an article entitled “Organization of Inter-American States Recognizes Venezuela’s Education System” can be found below. The article is from the website of the Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela in the U.S. (8/25).

On Saturday, the Secretary of the Organization of Inter-American States (OEI), Alvaro Marchesi, highlighted the gains Venezuela has made in education during the Bolivarian Revolution and said that he considers this system to be one of the best in Latin America.

Marchesi pointed out the progress made to guarantee free education in a system which, during the 2011-2012 term, saw 95.5% of school aged children enrolled in school and then increased that to 96.5% for the 2012-2013 term. . .

The OEI, a multilateral organization that specializes in education, science and culture, also recognized the high student enrollment in the country, which reached 10 million children and youths in 29,000 elementary and high schools.

Moreover, the OEI has noted that Venezuela has the second highest number of university student in Latin America, with 2.6 million.

The United Nation Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) recognized Venezuela in 2014 for its progress in education, ranking it fifth in tertiary education in the world and second in Latin America, following Cuba. . .

Construction and Renovation of Schools

The Ministry of Education has completed 18 new schools so far in 2014 and is in the process of building another 82. All 100 of these schools will be inaugurated in the new school year. . .

At the start of the year, the government approved additional resources for the improvement, expansion and construction of schools as part of an education policy aimed at building 100 new schools in the country for primary and secondary students.

The Ministry has performed maintenance on 6,432 education centers around the country through the School Maintenance Plan that is led by the Foundation for Education Building and Resources (FEDE).

In March, the Vice Minister of Installation and logistics, Willian Gil Calderón, indicated this project is underway. It is aimed at providing preventive maintenance to the over 14,000 schools that are part of the Ministry. . .