29.10.2013 - UNESCO Office in Santiago

The State of Education in Latin America and the Caribbean: Towards Education for All – 2015

This publication sets out to leverage the progress made so far, and to recognise efforts made. It also aims to survey emerging challenges for the post-2015 education agenda, which must certainly generate a new vision of education in the region. Indeed, quality education for all people throughout their lives, as a fundamental and universal right, is facing a landscape of profound changes at the dawn of the 21st century. This must be understood, and a new paradigm built for our times.

It is our hope that the information and commentary prepared for this document may serve to nourish thinking regarding the new education agenda: an agenda that will help people to take an active and responsible role in the knowledge economy; an agenda that contributes to the development of new education practices that put learning at the forefront; an agenda that addresses the new challenges facing teaching, including those brought about by new technologies; an agenda that fosters collaboration in refining teacher training and the design of public policies to ensure the implementation of reforms that have a comprehensive impact on education systems.

An awareness of the region’s education situation and pressing hurdles, their characteristics and challenges, is vital in creating and evaluating public policies. Recording achievements and identifying shortfalls with an eye on the future is the spirit behind this document, to contribute to achieving Quality Education for All - the goal that draws together all of UNESCO’s efforts in Latin America and the Caribbean.

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