World 06-08-2018

Ministers of Latin America and the Caribbean adopt Road Map to move towards quality, inclusive and equitable education

-The Cochabamba Agreements: Regional Solidarity for the achievement of ODS4-E2030 in Latin America and the Caribbean were approved at the II Regional Meeting of Ministers of Education of Latin America and the Caribbean "Transforming Education: A Joint Response of Latin America and the Caribbean" the Caribbean to achieve the ODS4-E2030 ".

-The document establishes, among other points, the adoption of the Regional Roadmap for the implementation of SDG-E2030 in Latin America and the Caribbean , an instrument that will support countries to achieve the goals of Sustainable Development Goal n ° 4, referred to the achievement of a quality education, inclusive and with equity throughout life.

Ministers and high-level education authorities of Latin America and the Caribbean approved the Cochabamba Agreements on July 26, 2018 and adopted the Regional Roadmap for the implementation of ODS4-E2030 in Latin America and the Caribbean . This last document establishes a regional mechanism to jointly move towards the goals of Sustainable Development Goal No. 4-Education 2030.

The Roadmap is a frame of reference for the design and execution of regional actions in education and contains recommendations for the national implementation of public policies on the subject. In addition, it supports the coordinated and coherent progress in the issues prioritized by the countries of the region: qualities of education, equity and inclusion, teachers and workers of education and learning throughout the length and breadth of life

The document was prepared collectively in two technical meetings to follow up the First Regional Meeting of Ministers of Education of Latin America and the Caribbean (Buenos Aires). In these instances representatives of Latin American and Caribbean countries participated in the ODS-E2030 Global Management Committee (Argentina, Brazil and Bolivia), one from the Caribbean chosen by GRULAC (Granada), in addition to UNESCO and UNICEF, organizations subregional and regional (CARICOM, CECC-SICA, OAS, and OEI), and representatives of civil society (CLADE and Education International).

A commitment to educational integration

The Cochabamba Agreements were concluded by the representatives of the countries that attended the regional meeting in Bolivia. They have their antecedents in the Declaration of Buenos Aires (2017), the first milestone in the regionalization of ODS4-E2030 that allowed countries to follow up on this continent the global decisions adopted in the Declaration of Incheon emanated from the World Forum on Education in May 2015. The Declaration of Buenos Aires gave a common vision of the 2030 Education Agenda from the Latin American and Caribbean region to generate strategies and programs that pursue these goals at the national and regional levels for the 2017-2030 cycle

The countries agreed in Bolivia to create a mechanism to implement the Roadmap, whose executive secretariat will be exercised by the Regional Office of Education for Latin America and the Caribbean (OREALC / UNESCO Santiago). This mechanism is composed of a Regional Steering Committee with two representatives from South America, two from Central America and Mexico, and three representatives from the Caribbean, all elected by the Member States. The committee will have as permanent coordinating agencies UNESCO and UNICEF, with the support of regional intergovernmental organizations and two civil society organizations.

In addition, the Regional Steering Committee will establish four working groups that will promote specific actions in review, monitoring and reporting; policies and strategies; awareness and communication; and financing and governance. Groups may include technical experts to provide support.

In the agreements, the authorities committed themselves to strengthen intersectoral collaboration and explore modalities for the participation of youth and adults in regional coordination mechanisms. They also agreed to meet every two or three years and entrusted the OREALC / UNESCO Santiago to organize the regional meetings in coordination with the Regional Steering Committee.

Roberto Aguilar, Minister of Education of the Plurinational State of Bolivia thanked the efforts of those who made this event possible: "It has been very important for us to continue this collective effort that has also allowed us to have a historic participation in the Caribbean, that is, a complete integration of our region. I want to thank you for your participation on behalf of the Bolivian people and our President Evo Morales. "

Claudia Uribe, director of the Regional Office of Education for Latin America and the Caribbean (OREALC / UNESCO Santiago) highlighted the efforts of regional authorities in the construction of these mechanisms of joint work and mentioned: "As executive secretary, we are committed to promoting the collaboration among countries so that the Road Map effectively supports countries in achieving the goals of Sustainable Development Goal No. 4-E2030 ".

The Regional Meeting of Ministers of Education of Latin America and the Caribbean is the second to be held after the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, agreed in September 2015. The de Ruta responds to the mandate of the Declaration of Buenos Aires (2017), which, among other points, indicates that education should contribute to the elimination of poverty, the reduction of inequalities and the care of the environment through an education of inclusive quality and lifelong learning.

Regional authorities also agreed in Buenos Aires to create regional coordination mechanisms to achieve educational goals. They recognized the urgency of deepening the changes, which implies a new look at education, learning, teaching, policies and actions in Latin America and the Caribbean. The II Regional Meeting of Ministers of Education of Latin America and the Caribbean follows up on these mandates established in 2017.

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