Transforming education in Latin America and the Caribbean: St.Kitts-Nevis Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education Hon. Shaw n K. Richards joined Collegaues from other Caribbean Countries in the region to review their policies and cooperation mechanisms at a ministerial meeting in Cochabamba, Bolivia
-The II Regional Meeting of Ministers of Education of Latin America and the Caribbean “Transforming education: a joint response from Latin America and the Caribbean to achieve SDG4-E2030” — organized by the Regional Bureau for Education in Latin America and the Caribbean (OREALC/UNESCO Santiago) and the Ministry of Education of the Plurinational State of Bolivia — will follow up on the commitments made in the Buenos Aires Declaration (2017), in the framework of Sustainable Development Goal 4 (quality education) and the Education 2030 Agenda.
-The city of Cochabamba will receive expert and official delegations from the ministries of education who will also participate in other regional meetings taking place from July 23 to 26, 2018.
Ministers of education, senior officials and experts from Latin America and the Caribbean will meet in Bolivia to discuss and validate a regional Roadmap for implementing Sustainable Development Goal 4 (quality education, SDG4-E2030*).
The objective of this meeting, organized by UNESCO and the Ministry of Education of the Plurinational State of Bolivia, is to follow-up on the commitments made in the Buenos Aires Declaration, which came out of the I Regional Meeting of Ministers of Education of Latin America and the Caribbean (Argentina, 2017). The declaration confirms that the priority topics for the region are lifelong learning, quality education, equity and inclusion, and teachers.
In Cochabamba, the region’s ministers will formulate recommendations for educational policies and actions with an innovative and cross-sector perspective for each of the priority topics. They will also build consensus regarding the regional cooperation mechanisms needed to finance and monitor educational programs that meet the SDG4 goals. The meeting will be an opportunity to exchange ideas, review experiences, challenges and lessons learned in order to rethink education and define innovative approaches.
The results of the discussions will be compiled into the Latin America and Caribbean Roadmap for the Implementation of SDG4-E2030, the proposal for which was prepared in 2017 and 2018 by the region’s Ministries of Education representatives, United Nations agencies, regional and international multilateral institutions and civil society organizations.
The Roadmap will provide a shared strategic vision for advancing the Education 2030 Agenda across the region through the formulation of policy recommendations that can be implemented at national and regional levels.
The II Regional Meeting of Ministers of Education of Latin America and the Caribbean will be hosted by the Government of the Plurinational State of Bolivia. Bolivia’s Education Minister, Roberto Aguilar, said that the institutions and citizens of Bolivia, and in particular of Cochabamba, are delighted to be receiving the participating delegations, especially the ministers of Education of Latin America and the Caribbean, at the regional meetings that will take place in his country at the end of July.