Co-convened by APCEIU and OREALC/UNESCO Santiago, the 2021 Latin America and the Caribbean Regional GCED Network Meeting has been successfully held on Friday, 24 September 2021. The meeting has gathered 71 participants from 36 institutions in 14 countries to obtain information related to the most recent GCED programme/activities and share ideas about how to strengthen GCED implementation in the region.
The meeting began with the remarks from the Director of APCEIU, Dr Hyun Mook Lim, and Director of OREALC/UNESCO Santiago, Ms Claudia Uribe. In his remarks, Director Lim expressed his gratitude towards the participating organizations for their unwavering commitment in promoting GCED in the region. Particularly, he highlighted the joint initiative on the development of GCED MOOC for youth that was launched in 2020 under the framework of Latin America and the Caribbean Regional GCED Network that has benefitted more than 1,100 youths in the region. He believes that ongoing cooperation, including knowledge and practice sharing, is critical to ensure the sustainability of the Network activities.
In coherence with Director Lim’s statement, Ms Claudia Uribe also underlined the importance of practice sharing and learning among GCED partners in the region. The continuous dialogue among GCED stakeholders are important to plan the strategic efforts in mainstreaming further GCED in Latin America and the Caribbean region in the following years to come. She also shared about the second edition of GCED MOOC for youth and the development of GCED MOOC for teachers as part of the 2021 Latin America and the Caribbean Regional GCED Network activities this year.
Over the meeting, participants received the opportunities to hear from APCEIU and OREALC/UNESCO Santiago regarding the GCED initiatives that have been implemented by both institutions. In the following sessions, 7 current members of Latin America and the Caribbean Regional GCED Network and 3 partner organizations also took the opportunity to share their latest activities, particularly their efforts in enhancing GCED promotion within their scope.
Following the series of presentation, the meeting also served as a medium for the participants to discuss the challenges in implementing GCED, particularly amidst the global pandemic, and opportunities to expedite the realization of education goals, notably Target 4.7 that includes GCED. Among the topics raised during the discussion session were the importance to continue the best practice sharing among GCED stakeholders in the region, GCED capacity building particularly for teachers and inclusion of GCED into the national curriculum.