12.11.2013 - UNESCO Office in Santiago

UNESCO and the Spanish international co-operation to make headway on the post-2015 education agenda in Montevideo

Between 18 and 21 November, 2013, the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID) is organizing an International Meeting on the Right to Education and Development, with the participation of institutions that include the Regional Bureau for Education in Latin America and the Caribbean (OREALC/UNESCO Santiago), in Montevideo, Uruguay. The meeting will serve to analyse progress in the regional collaboration process and the current trends across the region relating to education in the post-2015 period.

The event is taking place to mark the 25th anniversary of the creation of AECID on 11 November, 1988, a fundamental milestone in the institutionalisation of the Spanish development co-operation system.

The objectives of the meeting will include defining options for future joint efforts to consolidate and strengthen the links between the participating institutions, and to provide a forum for the in-depth analysis of the impact of international co-operation on current situations in the region. 

During the first two days of this anniversary event, on 18 and 19 November, UNESCO will take part in round table sessions to discuss lines of action identified by AECID, focussing on -among others- bilingual intercultural education, cultural diversity and the post-2015 education agenda, as well as a discussion session analysing the current education situation in Uruguay. 

UNESCO working day sessions

The AECID event will also serve as a framework for a meeting scheduled with the Technical Co-operation Offices (OTC) within the AECID – OREALC/UNESCO Santiago Project “Knowledge Management and Quality Indicators in Education”.  For that reason, working day sessions will be held on 20 and 21 November between OREALC/UNESCO Santiago and the Education Experts’ Network at the AECID OTC. The objective of these day sessions will be to analyse progress in the regional collaboration process between UNESCO Santiago and AECID in education, as well as analysing current trends in education in the region, defining options for future activities to consolidate the relationship between the two institutions.

With that in mind, an OREALC/UNESCO Santiago team will be travelling to Montevideo to discuss the achievements, progress, and success permitted by the co-operation with Spain during recent years.  In that regard, UNESCO Santiago’s Director, Jorge Sequeira, explained that “The generous contributions made by the Spanish Co-operation during recent years has played a decisive role in the development of projects that have improved existing information on education, thus bolstering the creation of public policies to advance towards the Education for All goals, and, in particular, to build the post-2015 educational agenda”.

Meanwhile Atilio Pizarro, Head of Planning, Management, Monitoring, and Assessment at OREALC/UNESCO Santiago, stated that “AECID’s 25 years of existence mark an excellent opportunity to raise awareness of the products and results of a fruitful joint collaboration, including efforts for the Regional Strategy on Teachers and the Third Regional Comparative and Explanatory Study (TERCE) run by the Latin American Laboratory for Assessment of the Quality of Education (LLECE), which will open the way to a better understanding of educational achievements and the factors associated with schooling outcomes in the region”.

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