The meeting, organized jointly by a number of UN agencies, was held in Buenos Aires on 12 and 13 May. Its aim was to serve as a preparatory session for the 2011 Annual Ministerial Review (AMR) of the UN Economic and Social Council, ECOSOC.
In an interview conducted at the meeting PREAL, co-director Jeffrey M. Puryear explained that “the importance of this agreement lies in PREAL’s roots in civil society, so what we are doing is connecting worlds – governments, agencies, and society – and thus making it easier for these broad communities to work together”.
The Director of OREALC/UNESCO Santiago, Jorge Sequeira, expressed the usefulness of joint technical assistance, given that “the joint efforts of our two institutions will make a valuable contribution to complying with our education objectives in the service of the region”.
The agreement establishes a number of areas in which the two groups may strengthen their work, exchange technical assistance, and promote shared activities.
A key example is their support of the efforts of the Regional Group “Teachers for Education For All”, led by OREALC/UNESCO Santiago, as well as their work for the Latin American Laboratory for Assessment of the Quality of Education (LLECE), coordinated by OREALC/UNESCO Santiago. Thus, PREAL will promote the generation and dissemination of knowledge on the assessment of high-quality education, among other actions.
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