López Pumarejo: a Path to Continue with an Educational Revolution
The educational revolution accomplished by Alfonso López Pumarejo remains as the main support of the educational processes in Colombia, declared Alvaro Uribe Vélez, President of Colombia., 22 de abril de 2010 —
The statement from the Chief of the Executive took place during the forum Invention of the Modern Nation: State, Democracy and Public Higher Education, in which he declared to be in favor of the universities’ autonomy, academic freedom, a scientific university and student unrest, pointing out that the last aspect should be devoid of violence.
Regarding the actual challenges, he recognized the current importance of López Pumarejo’s legacy. “Before López Pumarejo, there were some educational efforts: one from General Bolivar, then two educational revolutions carried out by General Santander, then the efforts of General Santos Acosta. Violence and chaos frustrated those efforts. The authentic innovative revolution was accomplished by López Pumarejo; so profound that today is still the great path that the country needs to follow in order to continue this educational revolution,” said Uribe Vélez.
He maintained that the only way to achieve productive innovation is through a continuous and permanent educational revolution. “Colombia has made a considerable advance regarding the coverage, without letting down the quality. Our country is the most demanding towards the students, regarding national exams, and prompts them to compete with foreign students in mathematics and sciences,” he concluded.
The President of Colombia and the President of the University, Moisés Wasserman, opened the forum from the Universidad Nacional de Colombia, which commemorates both the 50th anniversary of López Pumarejo’s the dead, and the Bicentennial of the Independence.