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Bolivarian Process

Studying The Venezuelan Approach To Learning

The merits of the Bolivarian system are plain to see through the country having one of the highest educational progress rates in Latin America and a truly comprehensive system funded by the Venezuelan government led by the United Socialist Party of Venezuela. In order to understand the Venezuelan education system, it is necessary to examine both its foundations and the reality of education under the illegal US sanctions. In the decades preceding the successful election of Hugo Chavez, education in Venezuela was not prioritized. Governments effectively abandoned education in the rural and working-class areas for the exploitation of oil in the 1920s and later prioritized a neoliberal economic shift which saw government spending on education fall by 37 per cent between 1990-96 to only $118 dollars per capita.

The Communard Union, Chávez’s Ideas In Action

Since 2019, several Venezuelan organizations that were weathering the storm of the crisis began to meet and sound each other out. In doing so, they were motivated by the need to survive in the face of the crisis, but they were also concerned with the [capitalist] restoration that was being imposed by some sectors of the government. Thus began a process of building a shared platform around a common program of struggle. The Communard Union initiative took shape when these organizations were reflecting on the commune as a strategic project. The final proposal came out of a meeting held at the Che Guevara Commune in Mérida State in December 2019, with the participation of several communes, including Luisa Cáceres de Arismendi from Anzoátegui, El Maizal from Lara-Portuguesa, 5 de Marzo from Caracas, Sectores Unidos from Lara, and Pancha Vásquez from Apure.

A Call For People’s Awareness Of Venezuela

In 1999, we decided, as a nation and democratically, to be independent and sovereign, to move towards a model of social justice and equality, as well as to freely make use of our vast wealth. We agreed that such a transition would be made peacefully and democratically. This, our decision, became a threat for the United States administrations, loyal representatives and spokespeople of large capital. They declared war on us since that moment. That war intensified since 2013, when Hugo Chavez passed away. This is not unconventional warfare, they are not launching missiles, nor are they bombing military zones. This is even a more fateful war, causing affliction and damage to the whole population, to boys, girls, women, the elderly, men, civilians, and also to soldiers. It is a war that is leaving appalling injuries.

A Walk Through The Barrio, Catia, In Caracas, Venezuela

Today I went to Catia the biggest barrio in West Caracas with a population of 1.5 million. An amazing cultural trait that I've noticed in Venezuela is the way people walk up to me with no introduction and make political declarations. The 'CLAP; are government-subsidized food bags, which are up to 90% cheaper than market value and have been a lifeline for so many due to hyper inflation. The delivery and distribution is a true community effort and was a pleasure to witness and like so many community actions, women are at the forefront. The support for the government was undeniable. I provocatively asked one of the women, "Wouldn't live [sic] be easier if the opposition came into power, sanctions would be lifted and life would be less harsh." She cried in my face and explained that for her, the Washington-aligned opposition was the problem.
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