In Ambato, parents organize themselves for the safety of their children

INITIATIVE. Parents watch students after school to avoid risks due to insecurity.

With the return to classes and in front of the insecurity that exists in the province and the country, in the educational units Safety commissions for parents were formed.

This program is within risk management strategy and serves to provide surveillance on the outskirts of educational institutions in order to prevent robberies, assaults and drug sales.

Although this initiative began four years ago, not all institutions replicate it, directors of schools and colleges hope that parents become more involved in this activity.


Paulina Olivo is a teacher and president of the risk commission of the Las Americas Educational Unitlocated on Avenida 12 de Noviembre, near Plaza Urbina, said that the security brigades are satisfied with parents of all the courses through a calendar that covers four shifts a day (at the entrance and exit of the students).

Wearing distinctive vests, parents are located in the corners of the campus, as well as when entering the institution to receive children and adolescents.

Here, not only do they watch that they cross the streets safely, but they also see if there are no thugs following them or strangers harassing them.

Olivo assured that there are already alerts that students have been victims of assault, “with the rgraduation to face-to-face classes, the risks increase,” he said.

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police initiative

Fernando Gavilánez, Governor of Tungurahua commented that through National Police, the population of nine parishes of Ambato in order to citizenship is linked to the issue of crime prevention.

In this same system, we work with the parents so that they support each other in the student safety.

This as part of the project ‘Safe School’ of the Community Police, that chooses the institutions with the greatest affluence and trains parents and teachers on issues of self protection and safety with strategies of crime and violence preventionactions that will later be evaluated through results.

The protagonists

Regarding the functionality of these brigades, parents have split criteriadue to the time, the intervention and the work that can be done.

Mercedes Lara has two daughters in Las Américas and although she drops them off and picks them up from the institution every day, she knows that at some point they they will have to do it alone.

That is why he assured that these brigades are a support so that students can, at least, be protected outside the campus, so he supports maintaining the commissions throughout the year.

But not everyone thinks the same, because Carmen Vaca, the mother of a student from the Bolívar Educational Unit, stated that it is not only a waste of time, because many parents cannot fulfill these shifts and they must send their uncles or grandparents in many cases.

Also, “talk about protection against crime, with four parents in front of a high number of students, it is anti-technical and impossible to avoid crimes”, he said.


For Lautaro Ojeda, a security analyst, any initiative that instructs citizens on protection is positive, however, this must be articulated between social entities (parents, students, policeauthorities and all those who make up the individual’s environment) so that they have positive results.

“Although it is true, this can generate a safety education is not enough to prevent acts that endanger people and that is when the reinforcements of surveillance of the authorities must be given, because security is a chain that begins at home and ends in the place where the person develops and if it is broken in one of these spaces, little or nothing can be done to guarantee it,” Ojeda said. (CNS)

In Ambato, parents organize themselves for the safety of their children