Updated February 8, 2002
XXXI OAS General Assembly
During the General Assembly the following resolutions were approved:
Follow Up to Education Mandates
Consultations by Civil Society on Education
The Unit for Social Development and Education has initiated an electronic consultation where civil society organizations can share their perspectives on the role of civil society in educational development. The Unit has invited these civil society organizations to participate in the process, directing them to sign on to the web page www.oas.org/consulta. Once signed on they can register and send in their participation, which will be posted on the same page.
The topic of this consultation is Civil Society’s Participation in Education: Myths, Realities and New Challenges. In parting, a discussion on Rosa Maria Torres’ article titled "Citizens’ Participation and Education; A panoramic view and twenty experiences in Latin America" was proposed. This article can be found on the same web page.
Educational Portal of the Americas
On the evening
of September 25, 2001, at a special ceremony of the Second
Meeting of Ministers of Education of the Americas, the Education
Portal of the Americas, which is an initiative of the
Inter-American Agency for Cooperation and Development, was
this portal, a user can access over 4,000 distance learning
opportunities, fellowship programs, courses for the ongoing
professional development of teachers and other related sites of
To see this Web site, please click here.
Second Meeting of Ministers of Education of the Americas
On September 24-25, 2001, the Second Meeting of Ministers of the Americas was held in Punta del Este, Uruguay. The meeting highlighted the importance of education as an instrument to achieve peace, eradicate poverty and combat terrorism. The Secretary General of the OAS, César Gaviria, the President of Uruguay, Jorge Batlle and his Minister of Education, Antionio Mercador, who also presided over the meeting, each spoke on the value of education for the development and security of the region in the future.
Please click here to view the Declaration by the Education Ministers of the Americas.
On Monday, September 24, 2001, the Ministers of Education of the hemisphere will meet in Punta del Este, Uruguay, in order to coordinate future actions on education for the citizens of the Americas. This Second Meeting of Ministers of Education will address such issues as education quality and equity; improving decentralization, social participation and teacher education; and the strengthening of secondary and tertiary level education, as well as science and technology. The meeting will also emphasize the necessity of education in preventing that hate, violence and war damage the spirit of the region’s citizens. To see the agenda for the Ministerial, please click here.
Inter-Agency Education Meeting / Preparatory Meeting for the Second Meeting of Ministers of Education
An Inter-Agency Education Meeting took place on August 6-7, 2001, at OAS headquarters. The meeting was held in order to explore the responses of international organizations and agencies with regards to the challenges of the mandates emanating from the Summits of the Americas that are relevant to the issue of education. It also proposed some guidelines for inter-agency work that would relate existing efforts on the diverse political initiatives in the region, in response to a commitment from the Third Summit of the Americas.
At the same time, a preparatory meeting took place on August 9-10, 2001, in Mexico, for the Second Meeting of Ministers of Education, which will be celebrated in Punta del Este, Uruguay, on September 24-25, 2001. The meeting included the participation of the Directors of International Cooperation from the various Education Ministries throughout the Hemisphere.
Sub-regional Meetings for Experts on Education and Cooperation
Five Sub-regional Meetings for Experts on Education and Cooperation were organized by the Unit for Social Development and Education and the Inter-American Agency for Cooperation and Development and took place at OAS headquarters between May and August of 2001. The purpose of these meetings was to develop a sub-regional mechanism to monitor the advances made by the countries in the area of education and human development, as well as identify consolidated programs that respond to points of the Plan of Action from the Third Summit of the Americas. The meetings also sought to generate technical and financial cooperation tools that would allow for the execution of horizontal cooperation strategies both within each sub-region and between the five areas.
Updated February 8, 2002