About the Program
Adopted at the IV Inter-American Meeting of the Ministers of Education on August 12, 2005, the Inter-American Program on Education for Democratic Values and Practices is aimed at promoting the development and strengthening of a democratic culture within the Americas through formal and non formal education. The Inter-American Program is a hemispheric alliance of ministries of education, civil society organizations, international organizations, universities and private sector organizations working to strengthen education for democratic citizenship through cooperation, research and training. In this sense, the Program develops and supports significant ongoing local, national and international efforts in formal and non-formal education for democracy.
Since 2006, the Inter-American Program on Education for Democratic Practices and Values has been ratified by OAS General Assembly Resolutions. It has also been recognized at all Declarations emanated from Inter-American Meetings of Ministers of Education.
To access the documents related to the Resolutions and Declarations, please click here.
Structure of the Program
The Inter-American Program on Education for Democratic Values and Practices has three mutually reinforcing components:
- Research and Analysis- on the promotion of a democratic culture through education, both formal and non-formal.
- Professional development and educational resources- including courses, pedagogic methodologies, curriculum, educational materials and techniques to assist in the teaching and learning of democratic values and practices, both in and outside of the school system.
- Cooperation and information exchange -between different international, national, and local institutions and actors working at different levels in the field of formal and non-formal education for democratic values and practices.
Advisory Board of the Inter-American Program on Education for Democratic Values and Practices.
The Inter-American Program has an Advisory Board composed by 40 renowned experts in education for democratic citizenship and related topics around the hemisphere. Up to date, two Advisory Board meetings were held (Bogota, Colombia, 2006 y Antigua, Guatemala, 2008) with the objective of bringing together its members' information, knowledge and experience regarding the state of the art in education for democratic values and practices throughout the hemisphere, analyzing this information to determine gaps in knowledge and practice, and come to a consensus on where it recommends that the Inter-American Program should concentrate its efforts. For further information on the Advisory Board and its meetings, please click here
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