The Director-General signs a letter of intent with the Minister of Education from the Republic of Honduras

The Director-General signs a letter of intent with the Minister of Education from the Republic of Honduras
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On Monday, 15 October 2007, Mr Koïchiro Matsuura, Director-General of UNESCO, signed a letter of intent with H.E. Mr Marlon Brevé Reyes, Minister of Education from the Republic of Honduras. Mr Brevé Reyes was accompanied by H.E. Ms Sonia Mendieta de Badaroux, Ambassador and Permanent Delegate of the Republic of Honduras to UNESCO.

The principal objective of the letter of intent was to establish a project on youth development and capacity building in education in the municipality of Tegucigalpa, Honduras. It is anticipated that the project will be funded through extrabudgetary funds from the Government of Japan.

The project focuses on promoting a culture of tolerance and mutual respect, as well as on strengthening national institutional capacities and developing best-practices in the area of youth development. The project also aims to encourage the social responsibility of media on the topic.

The project will reproduce the Open Schools model used in Brazil. Activities will be carried out in order to reinforce “social capital” and intergenerational relations through: cultural expressions of youth and community and sport; management of risk, pacific conflict resolution strategies for adults dealing with youth, and capacity-building for micro-entrepreneurship. Basic social services will also be provided.

The Director-General expressed his satisfaction with signing the letter of intent for such an important project, which falls squarely within UNESCO’s work on youth development in the region. Mr Matsuura highlighted the important role played by Ambassador Mendieta de Badaroux in championing the initiative and looked forward to closely working with the Government of Honduras in further developing the project.

  • Author(s):Office of the Spokeswoman
  • Source:Flash Info N° 134-2007
  • 15-10-2007
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