Platform Crecer Juntos for back to school wins second international award

The Crecer Juntos platform, back to school, received the Special Achievement in GIS (Esri-SAG AWARD) award from the Environmental Systems Research Institute -Esri- of the United States, a global leader in the development of geospatial technologies.

The website was an initiative of the Office of the First Lady, Gabriela de Bukele, for the educational reopening during the covid-19 pandemic, in order to protect the entire educational community.

The ESRI-SAG AWARD recognizes the innovative and intelligent applications of GIS technology.

Crecer Juntos was selected last July as one of the best technological solutions during the world conference. This award was given to user sites around the world and recognizes outstanding work with GIS technology; stood out among more than 100,000 organizations.

The honorees span industries including agriculture, mapping, climate change, defense and intelligence, economic development, education, government, health and human services, telecommunications, and utilities.

In the list of more than 170 winners from various countries, El Salvador is the only one to receive recognition in all of Central America. The country has become a model at the regional level in the implementation of strategies to guarantee educational continuity in a safe way.

During the year 2020, the covid-19 pandemic caused many families to move the school to the home, being guided by teachers in a virtual way. But thanks to the efforts of the Salvadoran government, the students were able to return to classrooms safely. School is essential for the well-being of children and young people not only for the acquisition of knowledge but also for the strengthening of emotional and social development.

And it was the Crecer Juntos registration portal that allowed educational institutions of all levels to obtain safe reopening permits for the year 2021. This thanks to an articulated work of the Office of the First Lady with the ministries of Health, Education and the Ministry of Innovation.

Growing Together guaranteed educational continuity. Early Childhood Care Centers, official and private educational centers, special education centers, academies, colleges and public and private universities registered on the site registro.crecerjuntos.gob.sv. Once enrolled, they met the training conditions for teaching staff, biosafety measures, among others.

Only the institutions that met the requirements received permission to start their educational activities in person. The platform also allowed parents to be informed about which study centers met the requirements established for a safe reopening.

More than 200 Early Childhood Care Centers, more than 4,700 educational centers and 46 higher education centers were authorized for a safe return to face-to-face classes.

According to the Salvadoran government, El Salvador has been a world example in handling the pandemic and the delivery of this recognition proves it. This is the second international award that First Lady Gabriela de Bukele receives for the Crecer Juntos platform, back to school.

The previous year, during the u-GOB awards ceremony for Public Innovation, he received recognition for the use of geospatial analysis tools. During the virtual ceremony, the benefit to early childhood in times of COVID-19 was highlighted.

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