In May, Manuel Querembas Altamirano, a chapter member and director of the army's Centro de Educación Militar (CEDMIL), invited María Dolores Santos, chapter president, for a work meeting in his offices. With the aim of strengthening relationships of trust, volunteering and teamwork, Santos visited the CEDMIL facilities and shared knowledge and information with the work team. Topics covered were: the Military Teaching Project, the Project and the Online Education Project of CEDMIL.
The Military Teaching Project manages military instruction to contribute to the regulation of the military education system, to regulate the procedures for the selection, training and qualification of the military teacher that is part of the education subsystem of the army. This improves, optimizes and raises the level of military education by employing trained talent with knowledge in pedagogy and extensive experience to perform efficiently as an auxiliary or subject in some cases, and in other cases, as educational evaluators, planners or administrators at the service of military institutes. This occurs through a process of training researchers at different educational levels and improving the quality of teaching, maintaining an optimal and substantial administration with organizational effectiveness.
Despite efforts and programs developed over time, the objective of achieving a second language has not been reached by the armed forces. Therefore, the English Project was formed out of a pressing need for adequate professional performance of military personnel in different fields such as peacekeeping missions, courses abroad and attachés, among others.
The Online Education Project offers opportunities and advantages of virtual training, including access to academic information 24 hours a day and seven days a week. The teachers have extensive training in new technologies, which maintains the quality standards of teaching. Military personnel can specialize in the different MOOC courses offered by the CEDMIL Army LMS platform to update their knowledge of the new and versatile Equinox Doctrine.
These initiatives were discussed by Lt. Col. Manuel "Manny" Ugarte, USA, vice president of awards, Aberdeen Chapter, and Col. Hector Ivan Martinez, USA. The projects are generated from the national strategic alignment, government objectives and ministry of defense until reaching the operational level. It has a horizon line of 2033, and the bases for the sustainability of these projects are being sought.
(First line, I-r) Lt. Col. Manuel "Manny" Ugarte, USA, vice president of awards, Aberdeen Chapter; Santos; (second line, I-r) Col. Querembas; Col. Hector Ivan Martinez, USA; (third line, l-r) Lt. Col. Marco Criollo, chapter member; and Juan Carlos Jarandilla, chapter member, pose for a photo at the May event.