UNESCO has developed this UNESCO Regional Strategy for Latin America and the Caribbean in response to the situation of people in a context of mobility, which is meant to support countries’ efforts to guarantee the right to education of people in a context of mobility, focusing on obstacles related to access to quality education, planning education systems in displacement contexts, management of admission systems, educational and social inclusion of people in a context of mobility and recognition of the education and skills that would allow them to continue their studies and/or work in their fields.
This initiative dialogues with the agency’s spheres of action and is framed by the decisions adopted by the Ministers of Education of the region in the Buenos Aires Declaration and subsequently ratified in Cochabamba (UNESCO, 2018b) in regard to directing their efforts towards making education systems “more responsive, adaptable and resilient in order to meet the rights and satisfy the needs of migrants and refugees, according to the policies of our countries, taking into account the current challenges associated with conflicts, violence, discrimination, pandemics and disasters”
While the core of the Regional Strategy is the right to education of people in the context of mobility, the interdependence of the guarantee of this right and the frameworks of action of the different sectors of UNESCO (Education, Natural Sciences, Social Sciences and Humanities, Culture and Communication and Information) has required a multisectoral perspective that goes beyond the Education sector. Hence, a process of consultation, review and analysis has been carried out for the development of the Regional Strategy, where specialists from the different aforementioned sectors have participated at the global and regional levels.
Planning for access to education systems
To strengthen the education policy and the educational planning processes in large-scale human mobility contexts, considering the current regulatory frameworks, educational management and information systems and coordination among institutions in charge. More
Inclusive educational and social environments
To support countries in their efforts to secure inclusive, safe and healthy social and learning environments considering the needs of people in a context of mobility and the host society. More
Recognition of education, degrees, certificates and prior knowledge
To strengthen mechanisms for recognizing studies, certificates, degrees and prior knowledge and contribute to the development of new mechanisms for recognizing and certifying prior knowledge. More