The organizations Education Relief Foundation (ERF) and Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL) convened from October 26 to 27, 2017, experts in education from the entire South American and Caribbean region to the Latin American Consultation on balanced and inclusive education. Globethics.net was present with its Latin American representation, its vision of an even balanced education.
According to ERF and CAL, global interactions have brought many benefits to societies in terms of educational opportunities, economic development, cultural pluralism and improvements in health and mortality rates. However, these global benefits have a price that includes greater inequality in the distribution of resources, the forced displacement of people and the erosion of historical values, cultures and languages.
The most prevalent challenges for inclusive education from the perspective of cultural connectivity are being addressed through global citizen education around the world. While these efforts have demonstrated their impact in certain contexts, they need to be implemented and implemented in many parts of the world to improve effective policies and practices in global citizenship education.
Therefore, it is imperative that inclusion and diversity be emphasized in the early stages of the educational experience of young people. Increased knowledge about the interdependence and connectivity of cultures will allow young people from different backgrounds to become responsible citizens of their countries and will be recognized as promoters of socio-economic growth based on their ability to value connectivity, interdependence and cooperation in all cultures.
Methodology and objectives
During 2017, ERF and its partners are organizing a series of high-level regional meetings in Southeast Asia (Thailand), Africa (Nigeria), Latin America (Panama) and Global North (Switzerland). The final delivery will be a set of substantive and action-oriented policy recommendations, which will be supported through the Policy Guide for a balanced and inclusive code of ethics in education (BIE).
The consultation provided a platform to forge alliances, as well as to discuss policy recommendations and programs that will be promoted within the 2030 Education Agenda and the UN Sustainable Development Goal No. 4 globally, by presenting the recommendations of all the Regional meetings of the ERF and its partners of the BIE (Balanced and Inclusive Education) before the United Nations on December 8 in Geneva, Switzerland.
At this regional meeting in Panama, countries and interested parties in the SDG4 in Latin America were invited to contribute their opinion on the following points:
How relevant are the four proposed pillars in the educational system of your country, namely: Intraculturalism, Transdisciplinarity, Dialecticism and Contextuality?
What socio-political / socio-economic problems / challenges can the four pillars in your country address? Are there reforms in response to these problems (integration, immigration, minority communities, stigmatization, etc.)?
How are these reform policies implemented?
Do you see any value in the four pillars of the BIE proposed by the FRA in the reforms that are being carried out in your country? and if not, why?