04.07.2013 - UNESCO Office in Santiago

Reading Promotion will be a Key Component of the Post-2015 Educational Agenda

© UNESCO/Carolina Jerez

The Post 2015 Educational Agenda will be one of the main focal points of the collaborative work between the Regional Centre for the Book Promotion in Latin America and the Caribbean (CERLALC) and the UNESCO Regional Bureau for Education in Latin America and the Caribbean (OREALC/UNESCO Santiago).

This collaboration has been established within the framework of the meeting of the Intergovernmental Committee on the New Agenda for Books and Reading, held from 2 July to 5 July in Bogota, Colombia, under the title “Recommendations for public policies in Latin America”. At this meeting, CERLALC and OREALC/UNESCO Santiago representatives made a commitment to work together along with other regional actors to design the post-2015 educational agenda in Latin America and the Caribbean.

The event included a moment of reflection regarding the formulation of the New Agenda for Books and Reading, and representatives worked on different topics in order to identify the biggest challenges, interactions and the essential elements of a new agenda that takes advantage of the technological context and helps reading, writing and literature become tools for education, the promotion of democracy and development, and the empowerment of authors, publishers, bookstores, libraries and schools.

“Books and reading are indispensable allies for the Post 2015 educational agenda to be able to take on our region’s challenges in terms of inequality and the quality of education. At the same time, we now have access to new digital books due to information technology (ICTs), and it is necessary to evaluate their impact on educational processes. We will work along with CERLALC to encourage a greater and more appropriate use of new reading technologies by teachers, in order to improve learning achievements,” stated Jorge Sequeira, director of OREALC/UNESCO Santiago.

Fernando Zapata, director of CERLALC, explained that “universal literacy is still a goal for all countries in the region, and despite the great deal of progress made; there is still a lot more road to be covered. Generating literate societies is a great educational challenge that has multiple consequences such as greater participation, which no doubt strengthens democratic processes”.

The event is expected to help determine concrete actions in order to bring together post-2015 educational priorities and the challenge of promoting reading.

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