05.03.2004 - UNESCO Office in Santiago

Educación para la población rural en 7 países de América Latina

This study is a point of reference for the regional program of the Education Initiative for Rural Populations underway in Latin America. The series of case studies included in this publication offer an opportunity to learn about the realities of education for rural populations in this region.

Education for Rural Populations is crucial for achieving the Millennium Development Goals -world objectives that heads of state outlined at the Millennium Summit in September 2000- and especially for eradicating extreme poverty and hunger, achieving universal coverage of primary education, fostering gender equality and autonomy for women, and guaranteeing environmental sustainability.

The ERP project, besides being directed by FAO and administered jointly with UNESCO, the coordinating agency of the Education for All initiative, it also has received the generous financial cooperation of the Italian agency DGSC and collaboration from the Centro de Investigación y Desarrollo de la Educación of Chile through its Latin American Education Information and Documentation Network (REDUC). The contributions of these institutions are extremely important for fostering the exchange of best practices and policies that provide support for decision makers in the formulation of national and regional policies for strengthening education programs for rural populations.

The studies contained within these pages derive from seven national case studies (Chile, Colombia, Honduras, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru, and the northeast of Brazil) that describe the state of education and policies directed toward the rural populations of these countries. The publication offers a synthesis of the studies that incorporates a diagnosis of the situation and a sketch of the trends of ERP in Latin America. It also presents recommendations that may be of use for the development of public policies and education guidelines.

This volume offers, besides a general over view of education for rural populations in seven countries, some successful ERP experiences and lessons learned in order to contribute to fostering open and participatory discussions on strategies and actions to be taken on national and regional levels.

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