Recognizing that progress towards more
democratic societies, growing economies and social equity
depends an educated citizenship; the Heads of State and
Government have committed themselves to the following
initiatives in the Summit of the Americas.
In the 1994 Miami
Summit of the Americas, the Heads of State and Government
argued for access to quality education, adult education and
technical, professional and magisterial training, as well as
better access to greater quality higher.
They stated that women should be granted universal
access to education and asked for the development of
strategies to overcome nutritional deficiencies.
Leaders also supported decentralization and community
Miami, it was also determined that education is the “base
for social and cultural sustainable development, economic
prosperity and democratic stability”.
In the Second
Summit of the Americas, held in Santiago de Chile in 1998,
education has a central role in the mandates set forth in the
Plan of Action. Within
the document, countries state that the hemispheric commitment
to education is expressed in vast processes of reform that are
contained at all the levels of the educational system.
This commitment is based on a broad consensus of the
problems that education faces, as well as the commitment of
the entire society to overcome them.
These processes are founded on the principles of
equity, quality, relevance and efficiency.
In the Plan of Action of the Third Summit of the Americas, held in Quebec City in 2001, the countries recognized that: “education is the key to strengthening democratic institutions, promoting the development of human potential, equality and understanding among our peoples, as well as sustaining economic growth and reducing poverty”. Given this, the hemispheric leaders committed themselves to promote universal access to quality basic education, support lifelong learning, strengthen educational systems and enhance the performance of teachers. In this Summit, the commitment to assure, by the year 2010, universal access to and successful completion of primary school by all children was reiterated. In addition, access to quality secondary education for a minimum of 75 percent of all youths was also reiterated. Finally, governments gave their support to the Meeting of Ministers of Education, which took place on September 24-25, 2001, in Punta del Este, Uruguay.
Key documents in the area of Education and Science & Technology:
Upcoming Events in the area of Education and Science & Technology can be found in the calendar of events.