29.08.2014 - UNESCO Office in Santiago

UNESCO and the Spanish Cooperation Agency hold a joint meeting on educational assessment, programme planning and education policy in Latin America

Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID) in Montevideo. Photo: UNESCO/Carolina Jerez

Strengthening capacities and generating synergies between education planning and assessment in countries that are participating in the Third Regional Comparative and Explanatory Study (TERCE) - these are the principal objectives of the forthcoming “Meeting on Educational Assessment for Policy and Programme Design”, to be held from 8 to 12 September, 2014 in Montevideo, Uruguay.

The event is being organised jointly by OREALC/UNESCO Santiago, UNESCO Montevideo, and the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID), and will be held at AECID’s Training Centre in Montevideo.

The course sets out to contribute to capacity building amongst education ministry planning officials and the professionals who make up the AECID Network of Education Experts.

The event is also designed in harmony with a programme of activities organised to prepare the way for the launch of the results of TERCE, the third in a series of major studies to measure learning achievement in primary education in Latin America, at an event to be held on 4 December, 2014, in Brasilia. 

In Montevideo, close to 50 participants from 20 countries will share information and knowledge produced in the field of education assessment to promote usage of these data in the development of education policies and practices.

The meeting will also cover the challenges faced in inculcating suitable usage of assessments in decision making in institutions and amongst professionals, explains Atilio Pizarro, Head of Planning, Management, Monitoring, and Assessment at OREALC/UNESCO Santiago. “Education stakeholders may be prone to believe that only their place in the international ranking of achievement is important, setting aside the wealth of information generated on personal, social, cultural, and school-based factors associated with performance. That is why this course is of such importance,” adds Pizarro.

Meanwhile Carmen Rodríguez, head of the Education Service in the Sector Department at AECID’s Multilateral, Horizontal, and Financial Division explains that the right to education plays a key role in countries’ socio-economic development. “This is why AECID is working together with OREALC/UNESCO Santiago on a series of actions that include this course, which sets out to allow participating countries to leverage the results of assessments to incorporate improvements into their education systems, thus progressing towards guaranteeing the right to a quality education for all. We place great value on this space for meeting between the region’s education ministries, OREALC-UNESCO, and AECID”, she says.

At the close of the meeting, participants will have been provided with up to the minute and diversified knowledge on the applications and challenges implicit in the use of this tool as an input for education programme and policy design in the region.

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