The economist Leonado Sánchez Hernández, 39 years old, and the psychologist, María del Rocío Solís Gamboa, 64, were chosen by the Minister of Education, Katherine Müller Marín, as her deputy ministers for the next four years.
Sánchez will hold the position of Vice Minister of Institutional Planning and Regional Coordination and Solís, who is a specialist in Children and Adolescents, will be in charge of the Academic Vice Ministry.
Leonardo Sánchez was in charge of the Directorate of Equity Programs (DPE) from 2018 to 2022.
There, he was responsible for the administration and comprehensive execution of all the Ministry’s social programs such as student canteens, student transportation, scholarships, university scholarships, scholarships for people with disabilities, school gardens and other complementary programs and projects to promote access and retention of low-income students in the education system.
Some of the projects carried out by the official during his tenure at the DPE were the implementation of the strategy and protocols for the delivery of food packages during the covid-19 pandemic (more than 20 million packages delivered) and the approval, for the first time, of a rate model for the student transportation program.
In addition, it managed the universal implementation of the new menu in student canteens and the increase to 38% of the coverage of vulnerable educational centers with two or more meal times, as well as the expansion of the canteen service on vacations and in general.
In November of the previous year, Sánchez presented, before the deputies of the Public Income and Expenditure Commission, a study that brought down the myths created by the National Production Council (CNP) about its food sales program for schools and colleges , which reaches ¢75,000 million in one year.
He revealed the large amount that supplier companies receive from the Council; the hoarding of wealth in few producers and the presence of intermediaries.
Outside the MEP, Sánchez served as president of the Board of Directors of the extinct National Scholarship Fund (Fonabe) and president of the Board of Directors of the National Commission of Loans for Education (Conape).
In addition, he was a researcher for the State of Education Program, of the State of the Nation; from the Research Institute in Economic Sciences of the University of Costa Rica (UCR) and the National University.
He served as a consultant for international organizations such as the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the World Bank (WB), the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the European Union, among others. . In addition, he collaborated with consultancies in several public institutions.
“I have experience in the economic, social and environmental fields within the public, academic and private sectors. I have worked in different areas related to sustainable human development: education, poverty, inequality, labor market, transportation, environment, territorial planning, evaluation of social programs, urban and regional economy, among others. I have led and coordinated for more than 18 years about 90 projects, investigations, and consultancies”, is indicated in his curriculum.
Rocío Solís, was deputy administrative minister of the MEP, from 2014 to 2015, during the government of then President Luis Guillermo Solís. For the elections of the previous February, she was a candidate for the vice presidency for the Libertarian Movement Party.
He was 18 years, until the previous December, at the head of the Comptroller of Student Rights of the MEP.
Last December, Solís denounced that the concealment of the bullying, physical abuse, sexual abuse and sexual harassment against minors is a frequent situation in public, private and religious educational centers in the country. She left her position to retire, with the disappointment that the cases of abuse that reach the Ministry are just the tip of the iceberg. iceberg of the national reality.
Solís was also president of the Costa Rican Commission for Cooperation with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco), from 2015 to 2018, and advisor to the Office of Gender Equity of the MEP from 2001 to 2003. From 1998 to 2001, she served as advisor to the Administrative Office of the Ministry of Education.
She was also president of the Fonabe Board, president of the Council of Conape; She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Ser y Crecer Foundation, of the Board of Directors of the Costa Rican Institute Against Drugs (ICD) and of the Council for Young Persons.
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Minister of Education, Katherine Müller, chooses two of her three deputy ministers