The teacher crisis. By José Miguel Pérez Regional Director of Enseña Chile in Valparaíso – G5noticias

When examining teacher well-being during this year of attendance, the results indicate a sharp deterioration in mental health compared to the pre-pandemic period. The reasons cited range from the violence in educational institutions at the beginning of the year to early closure of the first semester for health reasons, among others. In conversations with supporters and management teams in the Valparaíso region, this situation is no different from the national evidence, leading to a high number of medical licenses and educational system shutdowns, which undoubtedly affect the integral development of students.

From the field and with the experience of working side by side with classroom teachers in 9 municipalities in the region and impacting nearly 4,000 students from underprivileged contexts, this issue is not immune to us. We have commented in various media on the need to work in parallel on the development of social-emotional skills in students and teachers, because when a teacher is emotionally stable, they can make their full potential available to their students. Here, the mentor of these teachers plays a central role, who guides and forms the personal leadership of the teachers from the classroom experience.

At Fundación Enseña Chile, we believe that teacher well-being is very relevant, because we know from the field and with our experience that this point is directly related to their work in the classroom and thus to the integral learning of the students. Therefore, if different actors come together in a network to find and/or improve opportunities for teacher guidance, we will undoubtedly have a positive impact on the well-being of the students of the Valparaíso region.

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