01.11.2013 - UNESCO Office in Brasilia

Early Childhood Education is discussed by Mercosur countries

The International Seminar on Public Policies for Early Childhood Education in Mercosur starts on Tuesday, 05 November 2013, at 9 a.m., at CAPES, in Brasilia (Brazil). It is promoted by UNESCO in Brazil and the Ministry of Education in Brazil (MEC). The seminar aims at discussing the legislative experiences of the Mercosur countries in relation to Early Childhood Education and the possibilities of building principles and parameters for education at the years of age in the country group. Authorities of all the Member States of Mercosur will be present in the event, besides national and International specialists.

The seminar was proposed within the discussion of the education sector of the country group, especially as a result of debates of the Work Group of Early Childhood Education.  It also presents the results of the study “Early Childhood Education in the countries of Mercosur: A Comparative Analysis of their Legislation”. The study has been developed by MEC in partnership with UNESCO in Brazil. It comparatively analyses the legal instruments that determine and delimit the public policies on early childhood education in the country of the bloc.

Among the themes proposed to be discussed in the seminar are the challenges for implementing public policies in this area, as well as the exchanging of experiences between the countries in relation to inclusion and diversity in primary education.

It is expected that the meeting of researchers, ministers of Education of Mercosur countries and guest teachers through the socialization of the Mercosur countries’ legislation and among other actions can contribute to the process of universalizing early childhood education and to broadening the attention to children from 0 to 5 years of age. The objective is also to achieve quality education of all – with special attention to the most vulnerable sectors – by stimulating mobility, the Exchange of experience and training for building regional identity and citizenship.

More information:

UNESCO in Brazil - gcomunicacao(at)unesco.org.br
Ana Lúcia Guimarães, (61)2106-3536, (61) 9966-3287, a.guimaraes(at)unesco.org
Roberta Pinheiro, (61) 2106-3538, roberta.pinheiro(at)unesco.org.br

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