UNESCO´s Regional Bureau of Education for Latin America and the Caribbean (OREALC/UNESCO Santiago) prepared this publication on the occasion of the World Youth Conference held in León, Guanajuato (Mexico)in August 2010. The conference succeeded in bringing together official delegations from 112 countries to analyze the current situation young people face regarding the Millennium Development Goals(MDGs) for 2015.
The MDGs and the Education for All (EFA) goals are analyzed from the perspective of youth in this publication, which also details the contributions made toward these goals by UNESCO programmes and activities. Progress achieved and innovative experiences at the country level are presented, which may inspire other countries and regions around the world.
The document is a the result of a joint effort by UNESCO Offices and Institutes in the region, which provided infomation on four key issues important to youth in Latin America and the Caribbean: quality education for all youth; education for peaceful coexistence; sexuality education and HIV prevention; and education for sustainable development.
Innovative experiences detailed in the publication include UNESCO's assistance drafting public policy in Brazil; the design and implementation of a post-earthquake educational model in Haiti; teacher training on HIV/AIDS prevention and reduction of the effects of violence in Mexico; and poverty reduction through local employment in cultural heritage tourism in the Caribbean, to name a few.
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