In order strengthen the technical capacities of national education systems and identify the training necessities of educational personnel to establish demand-driven country programmes, UNESCO Regional Bureau for Education in Santiago will undertake Case studies of needs and demands for permanent training of education personnel. This activity will include the dissemination of successful experiences in the field of permanent training of personnel, setting up a professional development programme for personnel in the national level, organization of meetings to exchange best practices and publication of various materials in this area.
A Regional meeting of the ministries of education staff responsible for personnel training and education will be organized by the UNESCO Office in Santiago. The objectives are: to strengthen the technical capacities installed by the ministries of education, define global orientations for the professional and human development of teachers, and create such consciousness within state authorities. A publication on studies about this issue is likewise planned.
With the purpose of strengthening the Teacher Education Network for Latin America and the Caribbean, an interchanged programme for initial and in-service teachers’ education is being planned under the supervision of the UNESCO Office in Santiago. This programme will strengthen the alliances between pedagogical universities and institutes as well as faculties of teacher education. Publications are also being planned under this activity.
A Regional investigation in the use of ICTs in the field of distance learning is being planned by the UNESCO Office in Santiago. Strategies include identifying and disseminating successful experiences and defining policies to stimulate long distance learning using ICTs. A meeting is being planned as well as publications related to this issue. Other similar activities include the collection and dissemination of material on best teacher training practices on ICTs and the design and execution of multinational projects for teacher education using ICTs. A network for pedagogical institutions to create an integral project incorporating ICTs for teacher education is being envisioned.
The UNESCO Office in Quito is setting up a Regional distance teacher training strategy oriented to “Education for Sustainable Development” following the discussions among the ministries concerned in the Andean region. A report will be published in June 2004 and a ministerial meeting is planned for December 2004.
The UNESCO Office in Havana is setting up a Panel at the International Symposium “Tele-education and in-service training (TelEduc’2004)”. The panel will contribute to disseminate UNESCO’s policy in the promotion of distance education among the scientific community and international and national experts on this issue.
Under the new programme of the Ministry of Education of Cuba which aims at expanding higher education at the municipality level, distance education methods will be used to prepare new professors in this field. This will be conducted in collaboration with the UNESCO Office in Havana. Using distance learning and ICTs, more professors in higher education will be available to be able to support the expansion of universities at the municipal level.
The UNESCO Office in Santiago will undertake a research investigation on the evaluation of teacher performances in Latin America and the Caribbean. Likewise, a regional study on working and health conditions of teachers will be conducted. An international meeting to present the results and to formulate recommendations for state policies will be organized. This will result in creating knowledge and consciousness about labor and health conditions of teachers and its influence on student learning. Similarly, a regional course for decision-makers will be designed with the purpose of creating integral politics of teachers professional and human development.