Education and Cultural Diversity: Lessons of Innovative Practices in Latin America" launched in Chile

19-05-2009

Celebrating the World Day for Cultural Diversity, for Dialogue and Development (21 May), UNESCO’s Regional Bureau of Education for Latin America and the Caribbean, together with the National Forum of Education for All, and the Chilean National Commission for UNESCO, organized a meeting at the Chilean National Library, last Thursday, 14 May, where the book, "Education and Cultural Diversity: Lessons of Innovative Practices in Latin America", published by this Office, was launched.

During the meeting a video was also presented to share an innovative experience of a school placed in a vulnerable area of Santiago, Chile, where the majority of theirs students are coming from neighboring countries (Children immigrants from Peru, Bolivia and Ecuador), so that the main scope of this school is to build intercultural competences to live in a multicultural context, and to provoke reflection on cultural diversity issues, such as migration and human rights.

Additionally, this Office is also preparing, in joint collaboration with the Chilean National Council for Culture and Arts and the Chilean National Commission for UNESCO, a forum that will take place next week in the city of Valparaíso, with the participation of experts from the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), UNESCO Santiago Office, and the Coalition for Cultural Diversity, to discuss policies to improve cultural diversity awareness.