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First Regional Seminar on Social Development "Education in Latin America and the Caribbean: the prolonged crisis as an opportunity for restructuring"

13 October 2021|Event

Education is a fundamental human right, at the heart of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and key to achieving a comprehensive social and labour inclusion of the population, while also contributing to economic growth, equality, and civic participation in society. Research has shown that higher levels of education are associated with the reduction of poverty and inequality, the improvement of health indicators, the possibilities of access to decent work, upward social mobility, and a more active civic engagement. Education is also central in relation to the structural changes required in Latin America and the Caribbean, based on capacity building.

The Division of Social Development of ECLAC organizes this First Regional Seminar on Social Development aims to reflect on education as an engine of social development with the participation of experts from the United Nations and multilateral organizations, scholars, and policy-makers within the education sector in the region. In particular, the Seminar aims to discuss the strategies and policies that are being proposed in the field of education as part of a transformative recovery with equality and sustainability in the region.

Wednesday, October 13th

11:00am - 11:30am

Opening Session

Moderator: Alberto Arenas de Mesa, ECLAC


Alicia Bárcena, Executive Secretary, ECLAC

Jean Gough, Regional Director, UNICEF/LACRO

Claudia Uribe, Regional Director OREALC/UNESCO

Pablo Cevallos Estarellas, Director IIEP UNESCO Buenos Aires

Jostein Leiro, Norway Ambassador in Chile

11:30am - 1:00pm

The opportunity to rebuild more inclusive and resilient education systems Moderator: Jean Gough, UNICEF/LACRO


Main presenter: Alicia Bárcena, Executive Secretary, ECLAC (30 minutes)


Discussants (10 minutes per-person):

Jaime Perczyk, Minister of Education, Argentina 

Jorge Poblete, Undersecretary of Education, Chile 

Paula Villalta Olivares, Viceminister of Education, Costa Rica 

Cinthya Game Varas, Viceminister of Education, Ecuador

Ricardo Cardona Alvarenga, Viceminister of Education, Science and Technology, El Salvador


Discussion (10 minutes)


3:00pm - 5:00pm

Adolescents and young people during the pandemic –an inclusive Secondary School

Moderator: Pablo Cevallos Estarellas, IIEP UNESCO Buenos Aires


Main Presenter: Daniela Trucco (ECLAC) and Felicitas Acosta (Universidad Nacional de General Sarmiento, Argentina): Study on the diversification and segmentation of secondary education and the experiences of young people in a pandemic by ECLAC, Norway, IIEP-UNESCO Buenos Aires and UNICEF (40 minutes)


Discussants (15 minutes per-person):

Javier González, SUMMA: Valuing diversity in contrast to the persistence of discrimination, stigmatization, and prejudice.

Juan Pablo Valenzuela, Universidad de Chile: Urgent considerations for educational inclusion in the prolonged crisis

Vincenzo Placco, UNICEF/LACRO: Successful alternative education programs for adolescents with unfinished educational trajectories


Discussion (35 minutes)

Thursday, October 14th

11:30am - 1:00pm

Educational recovery agenda in the face of the pandemic

Moderator: Claudia Uribe, OREALC/UNESCO


Main Presenter: Alejandro Vera (OREALC/UNESCO) and Ruth Custode (UNICEF/LACRO) National educational responses against COVID-19 in the region (40 minutes)


Discussants (15 minutes per-person):

Andreas Schleicher, Director for Education and Skills, OECD Lessons for education during the coronavirus crisis

Francis Jones, ECLAC subregional headquarters for the Caribbean: Inclusion and socio-emotional well-being in education during the pandemic in the Caribbean

Paulina Araneda, President of the Council of Chile’s Agency for Education Quality: What to do first when what you were doing is no longer so useful


Discussion (35 minutes)


3:00pm - 5:00pm

Necessary skills and competencies in a changing context

Moderator: Daniela Trucco, ECLAC


Main presenter: María Luisa Marinho (ECLAC) and Tamara Díaz (OEI): Study on education, youth and employment: necessary skills and competencies in a changing context (40 minutes)


Discussants (10 minutes per-person):

Cristóbal Cobo (World Bank): Priority skills to train during the crisis

Fabio Senne (CETIC, Brasil): Digital divide and digital skills training in the context of the pandemic

Cora Steinberg (UNICEF): Policies for Skills Development in High School

Ana Güezmes (Director, Division of Gender Affairs, ECLAC): Inclusion of women in scientific and technological skills training


Discussion (40 minutes)

Friday, October 15th

10:30am - 12:30pm

Education, comprehensive social protection and pandemic

Moderator: Claudia Robles, ECLAC


Main  presenter:  Alejandra  Trossero  (UNICEF)  and  Néstor  López:  Study  on comprehensive protection of adolescents (ECLAC-UNICEF/LACRO) (40 minutes)


Discussants (15 minutes per-person):

Mercedes  Mateo  (Chief,  Education  Division,  IDB):  Impacts  of  the  crisis  on education

Daniel Titelman (Director, Division of Economic Development, ECLAC): Active youth labour inclusion policies during the crisis

Cecilia Rossel (Universidad Católica del Uruguay): Educational components of non-contributory cash transfer programs

Discussion (35 minutes)

12:30pm - 13:00pm

Closing Session: Articulation of educational policies with other social policies and the opportunity to rethink education

Moderator: Claudio Santibañez, UNICEF/LACRO


Jostein Leiro, Norway Ambassador in Chile

Alberto Arenas de Mesa, Director, Division of Social Development, ECLAC

Practical information

VIDEO DAY 1 13 October 2021

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