The event will be inaugurated by the Under-Secretary for Education of Chile, Fernando Rojas, and is being organised by the Regional Bureau of Education for Latin America and the Caribbean (OREALC/UNESCO Santiago), the Chilean Education Ministry’s ENLACES programme, and the Education Faculty and Centro de Estudios de Políticas y Prácticas en Educación (Centre for Studies of Policy and Practice in Education) at the Universidad Católica de Chile.
Professor Angela McFarlane will then offer a key note speech. McFarlane is a scholar at the School of Education at the University of Bristol and a renowned expert on learning technologies (biography)), and her visit is part of the MECESUP PUC0611 Programme, known as “Designing new curriculum programmes in teacher training for mathematics and sciences at the high-school level: university network proposal", and which is executed by the Universidad Católica de Chile and the Universities of Concepción and La Frontera (Chile).
The event’s organisers have made a formal commitment to supporting the design of new curriculum proposals for teacher training, through the integration and application of new information and communication technologies.
ENLACES, the Education Ministry’s Centre for Education and Technology, was created in 1992 with the aim to contribute to improve education through education on ICTs and the development of a digital culture. It works with grant-maintained schools in Chile, proposing teaching strategies that make use of technology, providing training for teachers, holding student workshops, and providing digital education resources and infrastructure.
The Regional Bureau of Education for Latin America and the Caribbean (OREALC/UNESCO Santiago), with headquarters in Santiago de Chile, supports Member States in the region by providing information, data, and technical assistance for the development of education policies that favour quality education for all.
In line with the mandate assigned to UNESCO by its Member States at the World Education Forum in Dakar in 2000, the Regional Bureau’s strategic plan is built within the Education for All (EFA) Framework for Action. The goals of EFA stem from a global commitment to guarantee the right of all people to a quality education, and UNESCO identifies priorities and challenges that are specific to the region, while also implementing high level technical support working towards this goal.
The Centro de Estudios de Políticas y Prácticas en Educación (Centre for Studies of Policy and Practice in Education; CEPPE) was created to generate and disseminate multidisciplinary knowledge to permit the promotion of excellence and equity in education, building new links with the world of public policy and the daily workings of the Chilean school system. To this end, its strategy is to develop skilled human resources and to improve the evidential basis that society and education institutions and professionals use to understand and to respond to the country’s education demands.