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Last Friday, June 8th, the Minister of Education, Andrés Navarro, and the president of the Patronato Benéfico Oriental, Xiomara Menéndez Dajer, signed a collaboration agreement that will facilitate the co-management and incorporation of the Hogar del Niño into the public management scheme, with regard to the administrative and pedagogical aspects, under the premise of a free and inclusive education along with the extended school day program.
The agreement will have a duration of 10 years where each of the institutions is committed to developing joint actions in favor of the education of children, adolescents, and young adults, in the different levels and degrees offered by the center in La Romana. The Minister Andrés Navarro affirmed that upon learning about the arduous and positive tasks that are carried out in the Patronato Benéfico Oriental, “it is ratified that politicians and public servants must be open to initiatives of business and civil society in favor of development of the country, especially in education”. He added that he believes in the strengthening of the Dominican State, “a strong state is not the one that prevails, but one that is able to open up with humility so that society participates in its policies and initiatives and vice versa.”
Meanwhile, the president of the board, Xiomara Menéndez Dajer, stated “We appreciate the recognition and we feel committed to this new partnership for the educational growth of our children and young people, strengthening the services we offer at Hogar del Niño, continuing with our mission to transform and empower vulnerable communities through quality education for long-term socio-economic development.”
In one of the articles of the agreement, the Ministry of Education commits to appointing the teaching, administrative and support staff that will work in their school, which currently has 985 students. Likewise, the Ministry will build another school campus of 12 classrooms, equipped with a library, kitchen-dining room, laboratories and sports field, among other facilities, as well as assume the expenses in all the services of the school. They will also take on the purchase of furniture, computer equipment, and materials necessary, in addition to the acquisition of a modern bus for the students. “The two institutions will develop in other nearby schools the same management model of the Hogar del Niño, along with management manuals, procedures, protocol, coexistence, and functions, as well as promoting technical education and arts modality,” says the agreement.
Meanwhile, the Patronato Benéfico Oriental is committed to continuing implementing creative methods of teaching and collaboration among teachers, following the same principles that have always characterized the school. The activity was attended by Francisco Michelli, vice president of the Central Romana; Monique Acevedo, director of Hogar Hogar del Niño; Bolívar Sosa, director of Regional 03, Teodoro Ursino Reyes, provincial governor; Senator Amarilis Santana; Mayor José Reyes; the priest Avelino Reyes, and Tomás Franco, director of the Educational District 05-03. Also, the deputy minister Denia Burgos, of Technical and Pedagogical Affairs; Julio Santana, director of the Minerd’s Cabinet; Milton Torres, School Infrastructure; Remigio García, of the Curriculum Direction, and Miguel Medina, of Communications, among other officials and special guests.
The following pictures were taken by Bryan de la Cruz during the event that took place last Friday, June 8th at the Hogar del Niño:
* Information courtesy of Minerd
The Hogar del Niño is a children’s daycare and educational center for over 1500 children, located in La Romana town, just outside of Casa de Campo. Children from as young as just a few weeks old up to 18 years old are cared for and educated daily, from as early as 5:30am and staying as late as 7pm.
The organization also provides special schooling to over 75 hearing impaired and blind children, as well as a vocational school where over 235 students receive classes in different areas like: sewing; industrial preparation, installation and electrical maintenance; plumbing and management of computer office programs.