Alejandro Gauffin: “Assuming the role of Director of Fe y Alegría Argentina is a big challenge that I face with illusion”
“Assuming this role of Director is a big challenge, as in Argentina exist an enormous inequality of conditions, but I face it full of illusion”, he says. ”Now we have to get stronger as an institution, make ourselves be known and expand so as to get to as many places as possible”.
During his passage by Entreculturas, where he had the occasion to meet with several Spanish companies wanting to continue supporting Fe y Alegría’s projects, Alejandro has given us a true and realistic assessment of a country in which, unknown to most people, almost 30% of the population is poor.
“Fe y Alegría Argentina means entering the realities of the Argentinean northwest where large concentrations of poverty are found. Fe y Alegría is present in Jujuy, Salta, Chaco, Corrientes and Buenos Aires, that is 5 of the 24 provinces into which Argentina is divided. On the on side we work a line If formal education, promoting children and youths access to education, as well as training of teachers.
Another line of work that we develop is centred on social support, the strengthening of the communities and the families where the schools are located”, explains Alejandro. “We started some time ago a project of “Open classrooms” where we get youths and adolescents that have left or haven’t had the opportunity to access the schooling system. There we welcome them, accompany them and try to be at their side so that they receive a basic, or even professional, formation, so they can find an opening in the job market”.
According to Alejandro, “the Argentinian educational system was very good, at least, until 20 years ago”. Now, it seems, things have changed and have deteriorated…The world crisis context has had repercussions increasing school desertion and lessening educational policies. “ In the face of this situation, the government recognizes its limits and there is where we come into play”, affirms Gauffin, Fe y Alegría tries to get where the state doesn’t, offering free quality education and ensuring the less favoured population access to the classroom. Unfortunately, we are necessary.