09.05.2017 - UNESCO Office in San José

Central American Meeting “From Oblivion to Memory”: Our African Legacy concludes

Participantes del Encuentro Centroamericano “Del Olvido a la Memoria”: Nuestro Legado Africano

The Central American Meeting “From Oblivion to Memory”: Our African Legacy, took place in Colon, Panama, form April 28th to 30th, 2017. The event was attended by more than 50 people to reflect on the history and contributions of Afro-descendants and their inclusion in secondary education in Central America.

The purpose of the Central American Meeting was to create, to develop and to implement academic and pedagogical tools in teaching the history and the legacy of populations of African descendants. To this end, specialized training was provided by experts on the subject. Rina Cáceres from the University of Costa Rica, Agatha Williams from the University of Panama, Alberto Barrow from the Specialized University of the Americas, Quince Duncan from the Office of the Presidential Commissioner for Afro-descendant Affairs of the Government of Costa Rica and Carol Britton from the Art and Cultural Foundation for the Development, were among the experts who provided their knowledge during the sessions

The participants to the Central American Meeting are representatives of the Ministries of Education of Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, El Salvador and Panama. In the case of Panama, there were also officials from the National Institute of Culture and the Ministry of Commerce and Industries. During the event, the participants shared both problems and good practices in each of their countries, and as a conclusion and follow-up plan, they jointly developed proposals for the integration of the material seen in the training activities within the region's school curriculum.

The event was an initiative of San Jose UNESCO Multi-Country Office with representation for Costa Rica, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama, in coordination with the University of Costa Rica (UCR), the Presidential Commissioner for Afro-descendant Affairs of the Republic of Costa Rica, the Municipality of Colon, the Ministry of Commerce and Industries of Panama, The Ministry of Education of Panama and the Municipality of Portobelo.

The Meeting concluded with the commitment of the participants and of Mr. Harold Robinson, Resident Coordinator of the United Nations System of Panama, Carlos Lépiz, General Secretary of the CECC/SICA and Pilar Álvarez Lazo, Director of the UNESCO Office San José, to support this and future initiatives that integrate the history, legacy and contributions of Afro-descendants within the Central American educational system. In addition, all parties agreed to submit a follow-up project to the next meetings of the Council of Ministers of Culture of CECC/SICA and the Council of Ministers of Education of CECC/SICA.


Lista de participantes

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