There are hours to go before the start of the World Cup and everyone seems to be preparing for it. Schools are not far behind and, in many cases, seek the best way to make the most of the football event pedagogically that will have the Argentines pending for a month. What are the proposals of the jurisdictions? Can the games be watched at school? What will happen to those who arrive late or want to leave earlier when the National Team plays?
“The girls and boys ask to see the games and they have the right like all Argentines. We believe that it is an excellent opportunity to arouse interest and to work linking issues of ethical training, history, social sciences, geography, literature or mathematics”, said the Minister of Education of the Nation, Jaime Perczyk. And he added: “We are convinced that the school is the best place for them to be and that is why we encourage them to give educational content to the World Cup”.
In this line, the issue was brought to the Federal Council of Education as an item on the agenda “but there was no resolution,” as confirmed to Clarion from the national education portfolio. Finally, “each province and jurisdiction will determine its implementationthere is no pedagogical descent from the Nation”, they clarified.
What will they do in the Buenos Aires schools?
From the City they explained to this newspaper that “the viewing in schools of the National Team matches will be a definition of each institution and it will be at the choice of each driving team ”.
The Buenos Aires Ministry of Education You are not going to facilitate the activity by putting up screens or bringing televisions to schoolsbut it is not going to prohibit the games from being seen either ”, they highlighted.
The determinations on late arrivals and absences for matches They will also be at the discretion of each school, as specified by City Education.
In addition, they commented that “there are schools in the City that already They have been working on the subject as pedagogical content”.
Among them, School 21 of School District 5, in Nueva Pompeya, which has two projects linked to the World Cup. On the one hand, the boys rewrote, as part of a project organized by the music teacher, the lyrics of the song “We will rock you” by the band Queen and they all invented new lyrics, which they rehearsed and will sing among all the students of the school.
The second proposition has to do with a communication by video call with students from a school in Mexico for when the Argentine National Team plays against that country. The idea is that they can exchange information about their cultures and wish each other luck.
What will they do in the Provincial schools?
In the Province of Buenos Aires they presented two initiatives to face the World Cup from the classroom.
On the one hand, a microsite called “Amazing goal, the World Cup at School” and it will have pedagogical and interactive proposals, conversations with personalities linked to sport and a space destined to expose the experiences and work activities produced by the schools linked to the World Cup.
As they pointed out, it is already online a talk with the physical trainer of the National Team in the 2014 World Cup in BrazilWhite Paul. In turn, other meetings are scheduled with Viviana Vila, a commentator for the 2018 Russia World Cup, and Pedro Troglio, a member of the Argentine National Team in the 1990 Italy World Cup.
They will also offer materials within the framework of the project “The World Cup in schools”, a task articulated with Canal Encuentro, Pakapaka and DeporTV. These are audiovisual productions that provide tools to teachers and students on this topic. Among them, they will present “Sucesos mundiales”, “El Mundial y yo” and the “Gen Mundial”.
Between both proposals, they will refer to the role of women in Argentine soccer and memories and family rituals linked to the World Cup. They will also take the opportunity to talk about math and soccer (using elements such as the number of jerseys, the number of goals and scores), of places and positions on the pitch, geography and history of Qatartime zones and time difference, the World Cups in English, art and soccer, and habits and practices in the key of Comprehensive Sexual Education.
“The World Cup as a trigger is a fact of impact on society and it is possible to analyze aspects historical, mathematical, cultural, geographical, religiousapproaching them with different levels of complexity according to the age of the students”, said Alberto Sileoni, in charge of the General Directorate of Culture and Education of the Province.
The Buenos Aires Undersecretary of Education provided that “classes will be held normally during normal school operating hours during the development of the 2022 Soccer World Cup”.
But they authorized both public and private schools to organize for “watch the sports broadcasts of the matches played by the National Team within the establishments” and that they also gave the OK for “students to enter after the end of the match in which the Selection is played” or to withdraw early.
The look of a specialist
Guillermina Tiramonti, FLACSO researcher and specialist in Education, says that schools they should put together a program so that students take advantage of the games to incorporate knowledge on different topics.
“The most obvious one might be the geography: where each of the teams come from. Another may be the history of the development of football. However, there are principles and ideas that can also be added, such as that it is about a game that has very defined rules and that to participate you have to respect them”, explains Tiramonti.
To achieve this, he affirms that “schools have to have enough autonomy to organize their school day including this topic, which does not imply wasting time but rather take advantage of the interest that the boys have in the World Cup so they can keep learning.”