Quito, April 15, 2019

Drafting FIDAL

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Tomorrow we will reward Ecuadorian and Ibero-American teachers

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Tomorrow, April 16, the award ceremony of the 11th National and 6th Ibero-American Contest of Educational Excellence will take place at 6:00 p.m. at the Casa de la Música.

On Sunday April 14, the ten national finalists and the three Latin Americans were interviewed by the international jury, to learn more about their projects and the educational contribution they make in their institutions.

The jury is made up of Javier Tourón (Spain), vice-rector for Innovation and Educational Development of the International University of La Rioja; Rafael Bell (Cuba), academic vice-rector of the Higher Technological Institute of Professional, Administrative and Commercial Training of Guayaquil; Mara Benavides (Colombia), editor in the production of printed and digital educational content; Fabiola Morales (Peru), former vice president of the Peruvian Congress, and Oscar Montero (Spain), professor and political analyst.

This group of professionals will choose the best Ecuadorian and Ibero-American educational project, which will be awarded with 10,000 and 5,000 dollars, respectively, this April 16, at 6:00 p.m., at the Casa de la Música.

FIDAL is deeply proud of the innovative ideas of the teachers participating in this edition. For example: teaching the alphabetic code of the Spanish language to Kichwa-speaking children; learning strategies that complement the abstract part of mathematics with playful activities; the insertion of women in science studies through Astronomy and Astrophysics; projects for students, teachers and parents based on the theories of Edgar Morín, the implementation of activities that generate in children and young people citizenship values ​​based on the SDGs; teaching advanced design tools to create programs for social purposes, etc.

At the awards gala, the Noûs Lifetime Achievement Award will also be presented for their dedicated humanitarian work to promote peace, education and culture to Princess María Amor of Baloí, Philippines, and Ben Lai, President of China US Business Association.

Along with them, the Ecuadorians will be recognized: Fabián Zurita, mountaineer and educator for more than 40 years; José Miguel Salem, director of Danzas Jazz; the Guayaquil historian and journalists author of 26 books Jenny Estrada; Cristóbal Flores, president of the Governing Council of the Cordillera Technological Institute, and Father Jesús Álvarez Benjumea, parish priest of San Francisco de Asís (Penipe).

On the other hand, this Sunday the Second Exhibition of Innovation and Educational Excellence in Mundo Juvenil (Av. De los Shyris and Pasaje Rumipamba, Parque La Carolina) was also inaugurated. This space has a variety of stands of institutions and companies linked to education, innovation, technology and science; In addition, a series of talks are given on the challenges facing education today. On Monday, April 15, the Expoferia will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and on Tuesday 16, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Access and conferences are free.

For eleven consecutive years, FIDAL has rewarded teachers' innovative ideas and classroom practices in the Educational Excellence Contest. In this edition, 166 projects belonging to teachers from Sierra, Costa, Amazonia and 13 Ibero-American countries were registered.