[Sugar-devel] [IAEP] A question about adult education in Uruguay

Yamandu Ploskonka yamaplos at gmail.com
Fri Jun 24 02:30:39 EDT 2011

BTW, The UTU (Universidad del Trabajo del Uruguay) (Labor University of 
Uruguay) provides vocational training in many fields. It usually has a 
branch in most cities, classes are free, requirements for its faculty 
are lower than for teaching High School, and while open to all ages, 
younger kids tend to be the ones that didn't do too well when trying 
High School.  Some of the most dedicated and courageous teachers I have 
ever come across I have met there.

I graduated as a Chef in '96. The certificate took many months to arrive 
- I am unsure I ever got it, actually.  When complaining about the 
delay, I was reminded by the clerk that it was a University, and thus I 
should expect it normal to take a long time to get anything done...

Many schools and high schools have a shift for adults, usually in the 
late evening.

For those who didn't know, our schools operate in shifts, usually at 
least two, often a third one in the day. In many schools that means 
there are officially two (or three) different "schools", each one with 
its own principal, name, flag, etc. and you often never get to meet the 
people that use your same space the rest of the day. The main highschool 
I used to work at had the youngest students (7th-8th grades) in the 
morning, the next two grades in the afternoons, and the moustachoed ones 
in the evening. They also assigned students by alpha, thus I had a class 
where all but 7 were named Garcia.

Try to teach French to 35 14-year olds, who had lunch right before 
coming to school, and then PE, and now have to conjugate avoir à 
l'imparfait! (I was blessed in that my mom helped me realize it was not 
their fault, bless their souls)

also think about the size of those chairs, and ergonomics. OTOH, we had 
real Louvre-made reproductions of the good stuff.  Somewhere I still 
have a crayon-rubbing of the Rosetta stone!

On 06/23/2011 03:47 AM, Simon Schampijer wrote:
> On 06/22/2011 09:25 PM, Alan Kay wrote:
>> Hi folks,
>> I posted the Ceibal video to Mark Guzdial's blog ... and here is a 
>> question from
>> it that seems interesting and important (I'd like to know also).
>> On a related topic, does Uruguay have anything like free online 
>> courses for
>> adults, perhaps available in public libraries?
>> Cheers,
>> Alan
> Hi Alan,
> there are two portals that I am aware of:
> Uruguay Educa [1]: educative material for teachers, school children 
> and parents
> Plan Ceibal Portal [2]: material for the use with the XO for teachers, 
> school children and parents
> Regards,
>    Simon
> [1] http://uruguayeduca.edu.uy
> [2] http://ceibal.edu.uy
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