EFA/PRELAC history and documents

The Major Project of Education in Latin America and the Caribbean (MPE, 1980-2000) represented an important regional effort towards expanding educational coverage, reducing illiteracy and introducing quality education reforms.

During the final assessment of the Project presented in Cochabamba, Bolivia, in March 2001 (PROMEDLAC VII), participating countries called on UNESCO to “take the initiative in organizing, together with the ministers of the region, a regional project with a 15-year perspective that includes the fundamental elements of this Declaration according to the recommendations issued at this meeting, and carrying out periodic assessments every five years.”

Thus, in November 2002, the Ministers of Education meeting in Havana, Cuba, approved the Regional Education Project for Latin America and the Caribbean (EFA/PRELAC). The Project -navigational chart for the region’s education systems- was originally conceived to support EFA, particularly in reference to the quality and equity of education systems. EPT/PRELAC is structured around its purposes, principles and strategic focus areas.

At the Second Meeting of Ministers of Education (PRELAC II) held in March 2007, Buenos Aires, Argentina, progress and achievements made since the approval of the Regional Project were evaluated, and current challenges and pending tasks discussed. Participating ministers issued a Declaration and Recommendations that would guide the education strategies to be implemented over the following years.

Regional ECOSOC Ministerial Meeting: Key Education Challenges in Latin America and the Caribbean: teachers, Quality and Equity

12-13 May 2011. Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Meeting documents

Draft reports for debate

Other documents

Regional Education Indicators Project. Summit of the Americas

Report of the Secretary-General on the theme of the Annual Ministerial Review


PRESENTATIONS
Opening session & keynote

  • H.E. Mr. Gonzalo Gutiérrez Reinel, Vice President of ECOSOC(ES, pdf 157 kb)
  • Mr. Thomas Stelzer, Assistant Secretary-General for Policy and Inter-Agency Affairs, United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA). (EN, pdf 215 kb)

SESSION 1.
Review of the educational agenda of the LAC region

  • Mr. Jorge Sequeira, Director, UNESCO Regional Education Office: “Progress towards Education for All (EFA) in LAC” (EN, pdf 635 kb)/ ES, pdf 676 kb)
  • Ms. Anna Lucia D'Emilio, Regional Education Advisor for the Americas and Caribbean, UNICEF: “UNICEF Educational Agenda” (EN, pdf 2,3Mb / ES, pdf 2,3 Mb

SESSION 2.
Key issues for educational progress in LAC: Teachers and ICT's in Education

Teachers

  • S.E. Mr. Dennis Alonzo Mazariego, Minister of Education, Guatemala: “Key aspects to advance teachers policies at national level” (ES, pdf 2,6 Mb)
  • H.E. Mr. Tim Gopeesingh, Minister of Education, Trinidad and Tobago: “Key aspects to advance teachers policies at national level” (EN, pdf 796 kb/ ES 789 kb)
  • Mr. Cristián Cox, Director of the Center for Policy and Practice in Education and Director of the Graduate Program of the Education Department, Catholic University of Chile: “Regional Strategy on Teachers: what profile of the LAC teacher in the 21st century” (ES, 1,7 Mb)
  • Mr. Jeffrey Puryear, Vice President for Social Policy, Inter-American Dialogue, and Co-Director, Program for Promotion of Educational Reform in Latin America and the Caribbean (PREAL): “The LAC teaching challenge" (ES, pdf 589 kb)

ICT's in Education

  • Mr. Eugenio Severín, Senior Specialist in the Education Division, Inter American Development Bank: “The teaching and learning process as a moving target through to ICTs” (EN, pdf 1,7 Mb/ ES, pdf 1,8 Mb)
  • Mr. Didier De Saint-Pierre, Civil Engineer in Computer Science, University of Chile, former Director of the Program Links and Technology Education Center, Ministry of Education of Chile: “Towards quality education for the 21st century” (EN / ES)
  • Mrs. Daniela Trucco, Chief of Social Affairs, Social Development Division, ECLAC: “ICTs for Education in Latin America: risks and opportunities” (EN, 3,7 Mb / ES, 3,5 Mb)
  • Mr. Luis Garibaldi, Director of Education, Ministery of Education and Culture, Uruguay: “The use of ICTs in Education; the plan CEIBAL, related public policies and evaluation” (EN, pdf 1,1 Mb/ ES, pdf 1,1 Mb)


SESSION 3:
Education quality and equity in education

  • Mr. Eduardo Aragundi, Secretary for Education Planning, Ministry of Education, Argentina: “Why assess the quality of education?” (ES, pdf 63 kb)
  • Mr. Atilio Pizarro, Section Chief for Planning, Management, Monitoring and Evaluation / Coordinator of the Regional Information System (SIRI): “A comprehensive reference framework for quality in education” (EN, pdf 1,5 Mb / ES 1,5 Mb)
  • Mr. Jorge Manzi, Head of Research Department, Measurement Center MIDE, Universidad Católica (UC): “What international assessments show about the quality of education in Latin America and the Caribbean?” (ES, pdf 2,7 Mb)

QUALITY OF EDUCATION ASSESSMENT

  • Mr. Martín Hopenhayn, Director, Social Development Division, Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC): “Education achievements and the intergenerational reproduction of inequality in the LAC region” (EN, pdf 522 kb / ES, pdf 518 kb
  • Mr. Jaime Vallaure, Deputy Regional Director, World Food Programme (WFP): “The quality standard of the School Nutrition Programs” (EN, pdf 1,4 Mb / ES, pdf 1,4 Mb)


CLOSING

  • Mr. Thomas Stelzer, Assistant Secretary-General for Policy and Inter-Agency Affairs, United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, UNDESA (EN, pdf 206 kb)

II Meeting of the Bureau of the Intergovernmental Regional Committee for the Regional Education Project for Latin America and the Caribbean (EFA/PRELAC)

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. 25 November, 2010

I Meeting of the Bureau of the Intergovernmental Regional Committee for the Regional Education Project for Latin America and the Caribbean (EFA/PRELAC)

Port-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. 21-22 July, 2009

PRELAC II. Second Meeting of the Intergovernmental Regional Committee of the Regional Education Project for Latin America and the Caribbean

PRELAC I. First Intergovernmental Meeting of the Regional Education Project for Latin America and the Caribbean (PRELAC)

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