MITIGATING CONFLICTS THROUGH EDUCATION

IN CHILE

Barbara’s personal vocation is for education. She studied at Colegio Mariano run by a group of nuns of the Schoenstatt Movement. She graduated with a BA. in History, Geography and Civic Education from Pontifica Universidad Católica de Chile in 1984. Afterwards she got a MA. in Education with a concentration in Family Counselling at Centro Universitario Villanueva. For the last 17 years Barbara has been working at Colegio San Anselmo in Chicureo that belongs to the Movimiento Apostólico Manquehue. She has been history teacher but also has taken administrative positions such as director of the History Department. However, she decided recently to go back 100% to work inside the classroom.

"sentimos la responsabilidad de apoyar de alguna manera a estas comunidades que hemos conocido. Apoyarlas desde la admiración y respeto que sentimos por sus necesidades, experiencias y valores de vida en comunidad"

"...nos hicieron dimensionar realmente la complejidad del llamado conflicto mapuche que se vive hoy en nuestro país"

"nos ayudó a comprender la importancia de nuestro rol como educadores y la responsabilidad que tenemos de cambiar la mirada sesgada que tienen muchos de nuestros alumnos frente al pueblo mapuche."

Bárbara Nagel

San Anselmo School

From 2010 to 2012 Estefania was a tutor and the Deputy Head of the Social Science department at Jorge Alessandri Rodríguez School, SIP.

 

Since 2012 Estafania has worked at The Grange School . She is a Senior School teacher, class tutor and a co-ordinator of the national curriculum at  8th básico level (for students aged 12-13). The focus of her teaching is split between Chilean and international history. 

Estefania Ugarte

The Grange School

Marcela Salazar

The Grange School

I started working in primary schools in Concepción 1993, so I have a little over 20 years’ experience teaching young children between 6 and 12 years old. In 2010 I had the opportunity to lead the Social Studies Department at The Grange School in Santiago and have, since then, specialized in the teaching of history, geography and citizenship.

 

I have traveled extensively in Chile, from Arica to Punta Arenas, taking every opportunity to visit national parks, cities and small towns. I have also travelled and lived abroad, which has allowed me to look at my country from a different perspective and appreciate the qualities of its territory and its people. I feel a deep admiration for the indigenous groups and the way they have survived in today’s Chile.

My name is Jordan Finch, and I am a high school history teacher at Colegio Nido de Aguilas. I am originally from close to Seattle, Washington and this is my third year working in Santiago; previously I was teaching for six years at a different international school in Shanghai, China. I graduated from Whitman College in 2005 with a degree in history, with a particular focus on the United States and its relationship with Latin America and the Middle East. I have a particular interest in the relationship between Europe and the indigenous cultures of the Americas, popular movements in history, music, and sustainable development. As such I hope to learn as much as possible from fellow team members and most importantly the local Mapuche community about these and other topics, with the end goal of rewriting the history curriculum for tenth graders at our school. It is a great pleasure to be selected and I am greatly looking forward to knowing and working with everyone on the project.

Jordan Finch

Nido de Aguilas International School

Erica Callahan is a Californian living in Santiago, Chile. She has been teaching for 12 years and is presently working at Escuela Internacional Nido de Águilas, where she teaches 8th grade Social Studies and is the middle school Model United Nations advisor. Prior to moving to Chile, Erica taught Social Studies in Bogotá, Colombia for two years and in Southern California for seven years.

Erica Callahan

Nido de Aguilas International School

Victoria Sánchez Unzurrunzaga

San Benito School

I am an alumnus of San Benito School. This school belongs to the Manquehue Apostolic Movement, which follows the spirituality of Saint Benedict and declares itself as a Catholic Movement led by lay people inspired on the Rule of Saint Benedict. Our mission is to bring the Gospel to every aspects of human life. In 2001 I was accepted in Universidad Finis Terrae where I got my degree in Social Science with a concentration in History. In 2005 I received a Merit-based Award for my academic performance. After that year I began a second concentration in education.

 

After I graduated, San Benito School asked me to work with them as a Chair of the Department of Social Science. During these years I have grown as a professional by taking courses in advance studies regarding education and spirituality in order to promote positive cultural and spiritual transformations on my students.