The event took place in Santiago as follow-up of the meeting OEI held last October in Madrid. On that occasion participants agreed to undertake collaborative inter-agency work related to education development. Participating agencies were the Inter American Development Bank, the World Bank, CEPAL, Bernard Van Leer Foundation, OAS, OEI, PREAL-CINDE, UNESCO and UNICEF.
The conference provided an opportunity to share education issues common to each organization in order to coordinate future initiatives. UNESCO presented a document that summarizes all educational programs the agencies conduct, with the aim of facilitating interchange of activities and points in common that form a basis for collaborative work. This included analysis of the major international commitments in education in the context of agency actions. On the international level, most noteworthy are the education commitments of Objectives de Desarrollo del Milenio (ODM), Educación para Todos (EPT) and its regional organization PRELAC (Regional de Educacional Project for Latin America and the Caribbean Goals of the OAS Summits of the Americas and OEI Educational Goals for 2021.
A priority issue is education and early childhood care, highlighting the promotion of policies and alliances that foster the rights of children and early childhood development. In addition, the meeting provided a forum for identifying the challenges of secondary education, especially in regards to development and participation of adolescents, technical professional training, education quality and school-work transition issues.
Participants expressed special interest in developing education quality indicators that are comparable internationally for monitoring regional progress, particularly in priority educational policy issues such as inclusive education, early childhood care, secondary education and teachers.
The conference concluded with an agreement to promote common regional actions in education, improve communication systems and establish an interagency coordination on education issues at LAC, which initially was accepted by UNESCO.