The November elections are approaching and the political parties are looking to get a profit from those sectors that are crucial to increasing their number of votes. On this occasion, it was the youth vote the objective of the candidates who this Wednesday at noon went to the facilities of the Central University College (CUC) to present their ideas in front of hundreds of students who organized the event on their own initiative. The main axes were Education and connectivity, Genders and Diversities, Environmental crisis and sustainable development, and Economy and Employment.
The political leadership, accustomed to giving press conferences in a more formal manner, found that the students did not mince words and wanted concrete answers on the issues addressed.
Julio Cobos, Mariana Juri, Anabel Fernandez Sagasti, Martín Aveiro, Marcelo romano, Lautaro Jimenez, Mercedes Llano, Jorge Pujol and Carlos Iannizzotto It was the aspirants to reach the National Congress who sat for two hours to exchange ideas with the young people and – as is customary – throw themselves Chicanas among them.
When talking about the digital divide and the educational field, Mercedes Llano (Vamos Mendocinos) said: “The only hope that our country has left is education. One of the highest quality and very high demands. The school must become an environment of growth and not one of indoctrination.”
“We already heard the axes, but we want to know proposals in detail. What would be the solutions?“, expressed a student forcefully and bound for the entire table.
There briefly Lautaro Jimenez (Left Front) stated that a “Law of universal access to educational connectivity” is needed.
While, Marcelo romano (Green Party), said that it is necessary that “there is universal access to the internet.”
The question of Mental health, a priority for the attendees, was the issue that became relevant and generated a buzz. In relation to specific policies about prevention on this issue, Anabel Fernandez Sagasti (Frente de Todos) argued that “each school must have a mental health team, apart from the pedagogical team.”
“Mental Health in Mendoza is a disaster. What happens is that we do not have statistics,” he said. Jorge Pujol (Federal Commitment).
Secondly, Mariana Juri (Frente Cambia Mendoza) differentiated itself and said that “an emergency law must be made to contain those who were not in school in the pandemic.”
Subsequently, Jimenez He charged against what was expressed by the other candidates and added: “Mental health bills are made that are underfunded. If you don’t fight, those laws will come to nothing.”
The main course, and perhaps the more uncomfortableIt was when a young woman approached the microphone and asked “why don’t we match the salary of legislators to that of teachers?”, which generated applause from her colleagues.
In that sense, from the Left Front they defended themselves. “The minimum salary of the teacher has to cover the family basket. To earn 250 thousand pesos a boy from Rappi would have to go pedaling to Canada and return to reach that salary,” he said Jimenez.
Regarding gender and diversities, Fernández Sagasti and Carlos Iannizzotto they were the ones who made the most noise with their exhibitions. The Peronist senator did not hesitate and pointed against the government of Rodolfo Suarez. “For Cambia Mendoza, it is not a priority issue. With Florencia Romano, the responsible officials did not show their faces. There are 15 officials denounced and nothing ever happened,” he said.
In addition, Iannizzotto (Federal Party) surprised to mention that he has a project to repeal the law of voluntary interruption of pregnancy.
The climate change It seems to be an almost infallible way of reaching out to the youth sectors. The current agenda marks a tilt towards environmental policies. It is for this reason that when dealing with that part of the axis, the responses were a compendium of accusations between parties, without going deep into deep transformations.
“With the new generations, the climate crisis can be connected with social justice. We know that the consequences of climate change affect everyone, but especially the vulnerable sectors. The Wetlands Law has to come out,” he said, adding ironically: ” What happened to the Front Labeling Law it has to do with the Wetlands Law because there are interests. ”
The crossfire continued and was Romano who accused Sagasti having been on the side of Suarez in 2019 when the discussion about mega mining in the province came to the fore.
From the student body they considered that “the balance of the debate was positive” and that they met expectations, but, for their part, others came to the conclusion that what happened shows that for the candidates “it is all against the other and nothing for him. country”. “That doesn’t work for me,” concluded a group of teenagers.
Without a doubt, a high school is a hostile territory to look for votes.