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Redefining Schools in Latin America and the Caribbean: How to prepare students to succeed in the labor market?

Date: 06 Dec 2012

Time: 8:30 AM

Location: Washington, DC, United States

This new edition of the Regional Policy Dialogue gathered education authorities from across the region with the main objective of developing a diagnosis about how education systems in Latin America are preparing students to enter the labor market. The meeting will also seek to identify key elements that should be included in educational reforms aiming at improving the transition from school to work.

Relevant participants included: the Permanent Secretary of Barbados, Cecile Humphrey; the Chilean Director of Budgeting and Planning, Matias Lira; the Vice minister of Costa Rica, Dyalah Calderon; the Salvadorean Education Vice minister, Héctor Jesús Samour Canán; the Secretary of Education of Honduras, Elia del Cid; the Permanent Secretary of Education and the Permanent Secretary of Youth of Jamaica, Grace McLean and Robert Martin, respectively; the Adviser of Educational Affairs to the President of Nicaragua, Salvador Vanegas; the Academic Vice minister of Panama, Mirna de Crespo; the Paraguayan Vice minister of Educational Development and the Governor of the Central Department of Paraguay, Alexandra Bogarín and Carlos Amarilla; the Peruvian Vice minister of Institutional Management, Fernando Bolaños; and Minerva Vicent, the Secretary of State of Education in the Dominican Republic.

The first session of the event featured the moderator and Director of the Center for Public Policy Studies (CEPP) Gustavo Iaies, who explained the objectives of the meeting followed by Robert Schwartz, professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and Sergio Urzúa, Assistant Professor at the University of Maryland. Schwartz and Urzúa presented a diagnosis of what are the education systems currently doing to prepare students to transition from school to work.

The next session was dedicated to discuss the private sector's involvement in education to improve the school-to-work transition. Antonio Celia, President of Promigas and of Empresarios por la Educación in Colombia, along with David Calderón from Mexicanos Primero discussed their experiences and argued that the employers in the region cannot find enough skilled workers to be productive and compete internationally. The third panel included innovative experiences to improve school-to-work transition in and outside the region.

The education authorities presented their views during the final session of the meeting.

This event is by invitation only.

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