The Major Project of Education in Latin America and the Caribbean (1980-2000)

PRELAC spawns from the Major Project of Education in Latin America and the Caribbean, an initiative that preceded the World Conference on Education for All (Jomtien) by ten years, and shepherded the education policies of Latin America and the Caribbean for two decades.

The Major Project of Education, approved in 1980 at the 21st meeting of UNESCO’s General Conference and programmed to last through the year 2000, was the result of the collective resolve of participating countries to meet by the year 2000 the following objectives:

a) Eight to ten years' minimum schooling for all children of school age;
b) Eradication of illiteracy and expansion of educational facilities for adults;
c) Improving the quality and efficiency of educational systems and education in general, through the implementation of necessary reforms and effective systems designed for measuring learning.

The year 2000 marks the final days of the Major Project. At the request of participants to the Sixth Conference of Ministers of Education of Latin America and the Caribbean (Kingston, Jamaica, 1996), a final assessment of the Project was conducted and presented five years later at the Seventh Conference of Ministers of Education (Cochabamba, Bolivia, March 2001), along with an analysis of education prospects for the region. The countries requested UNESCO to give continuity to the project in order to advance towards improving the quality of education in the region.

Documents

We recommend consult documents using UNESDOC database. Some useful terms:

  • "Major Project of Education in Latin America and the Caribbean"

For bulletins please use:

  • "Major Project of Education in Latin America and the Caribbean: bulletin"

Recommendations and declarations are available in the right side of this webpage

 

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