We should all know that education unites us”: the Minister of Education of Argentina opened the Latin American and Caribbean meeting on the new Education 2030 Agenda
January 25th, 2017 -- “We want our children and youths to view the future as a joyful challenge and not as an anguishing uncertainty. Together we will honour our peoples, especially our girls and boys, and our teachers. We should all know that education unites us”.
With these words of welcome, the Minister of Education and Sports of Argentina, Esteban Bullrich, opened the First Regional Meeting of Ministers of Education of Latin America and the “Caribbean: E2030 Education and Skills for the 21st century”, calling upon the authorities of this continent to honour educational work so that all individuals can aspire to a better life through education.
The ministers, deputy ministers, representatives of multilateral organizations and civil society were convened by UNESCO and the Ministry of Education and Sports of Argentina to a meeting in Buenos Aires, on 24 and 25 January 2017, with a view to achieving a common vision for education 2030, and thus drawing up strategies and policies that can help countries meet the goals of the Education 2030 Agenda. Consensus reached will be summarized in the Buenos Aires Declaration to be agreed upon and disseminated on Wednesday, 25 January.
First day of discussions
So as to reflect on the regional situation regarding different topics, the first day’s debate addressed the difficult times currently being faced by the human race, which challenge the educational sector on several fronts.
Despite undeniable progress already made, development inequalities in the region are still significant. Qian Tang, Assistant Director-General for Education at UNESCO underscored in his opening speech that in order to address this situation, the region should commit to principles and priorities such as: inclusion, equity, quality, lifelong learning, innovation, partnerships, statistic information to monitor progress and rethink education for sustainable development, world citizenship, human rights, the gender perspective and peace.
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