MIRADAS JUVENILES III
When Evo Morales and MAS (Movement Toward Socialism) took power in Bolivia in 2006, changes to the school system were high on the agenda. In 2010, the Government adopted Law No. 070, the intention of which was to revolutionise teaching in schools by introducing a new pedagogy based on respect for indigenous cultures and languages and support the democratization of the society. However, making radical changes to an education system is a complicated affair. Many teachers in Bolivia had never learned about learner-centric education and pedagogy based on group work. Now they were supposed to introduce democracy to the classroom and to anchor their teaching in local realities.
COMPA and Spor Media’s project Miradas Juveniles II (Young Outlooks) (2013-2016) gave examples of how audiovisuals were useful in making teaching more participatory and connected schools with their local communities. The activities began at teacher training colleges in El Alto and the Highlands north of La Paz. But then the Bolivian Ministry of Education got so excited about the concept that the project was asked to spread the concept to teacher training colleges in the poorest parts of the country. The agreement was that the ministry in the long run would assume responsibility for audiovisual education. Spor Media and COMPA therefore applied for an extension of the project in order to have time to thoroughly describe of the methods in order to root them deeper in the ministry and the teacher training colleges.
Miradas Educativas (Educational Outlooks) (2016-2017) prepared a comprehensive manual and continued training at teacher training colleges around the country. The project culminated in June 2017 with a grass roots film festival – AyniVisual – which took place simultaneously at four localities in the country with the participation of dedicated student teachers and other young people.