21.06.2016 - UNESCO Office in Santiago

Argentina, Chile and Guatemala sign 2016-2020 working agreements with the LLECE

Agreement signing between Jorge Sequeira, Director of OREALC/UNESCO Santiago, and Esteban Bullrich, Minister of Education of Argentina.

The signing of a new agreement marked a step forward in the continued commitment of the three countries to the Latin American Laboratory for Assessment of the Quality of Education (LLECE), coordinated by the Regional Bureau for Education in Latin America and the Caribbean (OREALC/UNESCO Santiago)

OREALC/UNESCO Santiago and the Ministries of Education of Argentina, Chile and Guatemala agreed to undertake renewed efforts in support of the activities of the Latin American Laboratory for Assessment of the Quality of Education (LLECE). The agreements cover the 2016-2020 timeframe, a key period for the establishment of support and monitoring mechanisms for of the recently approved E2030 Global Education Agenda. 

In Argentina, the agreement letter was signed by the Minister of Education, Esteban Bullrich; in Chile, by the Executive Secretary of the Education Quality Assurance Agency, Carlos Henríquez; and in Guatemala by the Minister of Education, Oscar López Rivas. Furthermore, similar agreements are in process with Bolivia, Costa Rica, Cuba, El Salvador, Honduras and Panama. 

By signing these agreements, UNESCO reiterated its commitment to continue with the development of strategies for the use and dissemination of the results of the Third Regional Comparative and Explanatory Study (TERCE), while starting the design and development of the Regional Comparative and Explanatory Study (ERCE 2019) throughout the 2016-2020 period. Furthermore, UNESCO will provide opportunities for training and capacity improvement of national technical teams in charge of learning assessment. This will be achieved through the organization of seminars, workshops, technical specialization courses and the provision of technical assistance which will entail the contribution from LLECE specialists from the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as from other regions. 

It is important to recall that UNESCO Member States identified the LLECE as a key instrument for monitoring the Education 2030 Framework of Action. The Laboratory is already actively contributing to meeting the challenges that the new agenda is bringing forward, mainly through  the development of new initiatives, research, technical debates and other opportunities that help fostering further reflection around Education 2030, with a specific focus on the integral concept of quality education and ways to measure it. 

The signatory countries committed to actively participate in fulfilling the tasks agreed by the LLECE national coordinators in their regular meetings, as well as to promote the use and dissemination of the results of the regional comparative and explanatory studies, particularly among decision-makers from their respective countries.

Argentina, moreover, pledged technical assistance for the strengthening of APRENDER, the national assessment that will be implemented in the country in October, 2016. 

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