FIE 2021: projects of TP schools throughout Chile will be financed to improve access to higher education

Nov •  16 •  2020

The Luksic Foundation opened this Monday, November 16, the applications to the Competitive Fund for the Strengthening of Educational Initiatives (FIE) 2021. This program is aimed at all school communities of the more than 900 professional technical schools in Chile and its objective is to finance initiatives that promote the access of young people to higher education.

One of the pillars of FIE 2021 is to support initiatives that come from the school communities themselves. This is why schools interested in applying must reunite their school community and work together on a project that promotes the continuity of studies.

In this opportunity, the Luksic Foundation will allocate $500 million chilean pesos to be distributed among the selected initiatives. Schools will be able to apply for two types of projects. Firstly, Initiation projects, presented by a single school, whose funding amount ranges between $10 and $15 million chilean pesos. On the other hand, Collaborative projects, submitted by two or three educational establishments together. In this case, the amount of funding will be between $15 and $25 million chilean pesos.

The call for applications to the FIE 2021 will be open until December 29, 2020 at 23:59 hours on the following application platform: https://fie2021.vform.cl. On the platform, schools will be able to download the Competition Rules.

The Strengthening of Educational Initiatives is one of the pillars of a larger program being developed by the Luksic Foundation, which seeks to have a positive impact on the technical-professional community in Chile, through collaborative work between different actors -such as students, principals, teachers, parents-, creating improvement networks and strengthening projects that arise from the educational communities themselves.

“Strengthening technical-professional education is fundamental to provide more opportunities for development and personal growth to the young people who attend it. In this sense, we want all members of the school community to participate and promote initiatives that strengthen the link between secondary education and higher education”, said the president of the Luksic Foundation, Paola Luksic.

Along these lines, the general manager of the Luksic Foundation, Álvaro Ipinza, explained that one of the foundation’s focuses is in the area of education. “One of our purposes is to help young people to develop their potential. The evidence shows that those who continue their studies in higher education have better professional and personal life trajectories. In technical-professional education there are about 250,000 students nationwide and we want to support them to improve their quality of life”, he said.

The evaluation of the projects will take place between January 4 and 12, 2021 and the winning schools will be notified on January 13, 2021.

Dimensions of the projects to be developed by FIE

The winning technical-professional establishments of the FIE 2021 will be able to develop projects that address one of the following five themes:

Development of socioemotional skills: initiatives that contribute to the development of socioemotional skills or 21st century skills, which are considered key to the development of better quality formative trajectories.

Vocational orientation: initiatives that aim to carry out vocational orientation work for the students contemplated in each project, seeking to identify affinities and interests and showing the academic offer available, among other points.

Leveling of minimum learning for admission to higher education: initiatives that contribute to leveling the minimum learning needed by students to improve their chances of admission and/or have a better performance at the time of entering higher education.

Initiatives aimed at the Recognition of Prior Learning (RAP) or direct articulation with higher education: initiatives that implement projects that guarantee the recognition of prior learning, by means of validation or placement tests or some other mechanism that allows the direct articulation of secondary technical-professional education with higher education.

Internships and/or certifications: initiatives that allow the development of new learning and competencies, which are recognized in the labor market and contribute to facilitate the continuity of studies.

If you have any doubts about FIE 2021, we recommend to write to [email protected]

Paola Luksic

“Strengthening technical-professional education is fundamental to provide more opportunities for development and personal growth to the young people who attend it. In this sense, we want all members of the school community to participate and promote initiatives that strengthen the link between secondary education and higher education,”

Paola Luksic
President of Luksic Foundation