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UNESCO participated in the International Conference "Progress and Prospects of the Teaching Profession in Latin America" in Guatemala

UNESCO participated in the International Conference
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The conference was held on the 22-23 of August in Guatemala city to discusses the challenges and opportunities for the development of educational policy, and was attended by the Ministry of Education, Cynthia del Águila, who acknowledged that although the country is not yet ready for the required change in the training of their teachers, they are taking the steps necessary to prepare the path.

According to the experts involved, the best way to achieve reform of teacher training is through the creation of spaces for dialogue and the participation of all sectors of society. Paz Portales, representative for the Regional Office of Education for Latin America and the Caribbean (OREALC/UNESCO) said, “the political will of actors is a key aspect for generating change in favor of quality Education for All. This desire is present in Guatemala both with higher authority and with relevant actors for strengthening teaching, such as universities and representatives of various educational fields, which is a sound bases for undertaking this important challenge.”

For Marcela Gajardo, co director of the headquarters PREAL in Chile, education and its reforms must strive to be a national priority with established state policies to ensure that the government cannot affect the process. “These changes are costly and time consuming, and produce results only after 15 or 20 years,” he has stressed.

OREALC/UNESCO is currently working on the development of the second phase of the Regional Strategy on teachers, this seeks to influence the design on regional public policies for teachers, for the purpose of contributing an informed debate on the contribution process for change in favor of the quality of education. As part of the studies on which this strategy is based, is an analysis of the problems of various countries in the region, including Guatemala and a document with criteria and guidelines for educational policy decisions based on such studies.

Expert Meeting:

OREALC/UNESCO Santiago also participated in the Second Meeting of the Chapter of the Central American and Dominican Republic Work group on Development of the Teaching Profession PREAL (CCAD / GTD / PREAL) on August 24. This event was attended by 20 experts from the Central American countries and the Dominican Republic and guests from the U.S., Mexico, Brazil and Chile. On occasion the representative of UNESCO took stock of the work done by the Central American countries and the Dominican Republic together with PREAL Strategy for Regional strategies for Teachers leading the organization, especially valuing their input and contributions. There were also the challenges that remain to be addressed in a second phase of collaborative work towards the 2015 and ost-2015 agenda in education.

The expert meeting was organized by PREAL and supported by the Universidad del Valle de Guatemala; for the purpose of publicizing the results from the work of the Chapter of Central America and Dominican Republic Work Group on the Development of the Teaching Profession (CCAD / GTD) during the 2011-2012 cycle. It also allowed the PREAL to share visions and other strategies with partners such as OREALC / UNESCO, Education and Cultural Coordination (CECC / SICA) and Professional Network Leaders in Education (RIED / OAS) on the opportunities and challenges in the analysis, discussion and dissemination of policy initiatives aimed at improving the teaching profession and enhancing their impact on the quality and equity of education in Latin America and the Caribbean. }

Participants included: Marcela Gajardo (Codirección PREAL, Santiago, Chile), José Luis Guzmán (Coordinador CCAD/GTD, El Salvador), María Eugenia Paniagua (Costa Rica y SG/CECC/SICA), Roberto Moreno (Guatemala), Helga Cuéllar (El Salvador), Noemí Castillo (Panamá), Ramón Salgado (Honduras), Melba Castillo (Nicaragua), Paz Portales (OREALC/UNESCO), Adriana Vilela (RIED/OEA), Sylvia Ortega (Rectora UPN, México), Paula Louzano (Brasil), Floridalma Meza (Guatemala), Jorge Lavarreda (CIEN, Guatemala), Jaqueline de Deleón (Guatemala), Lucía Verdugo (UNESCO Guatemala) and Patricia Pernas (UPN, México).

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  • 29-08-2012