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Information Exchange

 

The Information Exchange Component of the Inter-American Program on Education for Democratic Values and Practices promotes horizontal cooperation in formal and non-formal education through mechanisms and opportunities for dialogue and for the dissemination of information on key topics regarding education for democratic citizenship throughout the Americas.

Activities 

Inter-American Program Internet Portal

The portal is a space to share information on advances of the program, highlight resources, and to share information on policies and programs in education for democratic citizenship and related areas from the 34 OAS member states.  Please, send us relevant information on policies and programs, research and available opportunities for cooperation, and we will highlight on the Portal:  education@oas.org  

Electronic Bulletins

The online bulletins facilitate the exchange of information on priority topics regarding education for democratic citizenship. At the moment, seven editions has been published to address different topics such as youth participation, conflict resolution, human rights education, the use of arts and media in education for democratic citizenship, education for migrant children and youth and economic and financial education. You may freely access them by clicking here. You may subscribe to receive the new editions of the online bulletins to your email by writing to: education@oas.org

Horizontal Cooperation Fund

The first edition of the Horizontal Cooperation Fund for Technical Assistance Missions in the field of education for a democratic citizenship in 2009 - 2010 funded 9 proposals including 26 institutions from 12 countries. Building on its success, the OAS Office of Education and Culture will launch a second edition, and encourages interested institutions to participate in the call for proposals technical assistance missions in 2011-2012.

Through a competitive process, the Fund will provide support to horizontal cooperation proposals among public, private and civil society institutions in order to promote the exchange of promising experiences in the field of education for a democratic citizenship. The deadline for the receipt of proposals is October 5, 2011. For more information, click here.

To access the application form, please click here.

Seminars and Workshops

The Inter-American Program organizes cooperation seminars on priority topics for the region. These seminars and workshops provide a space for policy-makers, researchers, educators and other actors from different fields to exchange information, analyze priority topics and share best practices. The Inter-American Program has also provided support to the development of seminars and workshops on conflict resolution education, best practices in citizenship education and citizenship competences.

2010

In October 2010, the Inter-American Program on Education for Democratic Values and Practices and the Regional System for the Evaluation and Development of Citizenship Competencies- SREDECC developed a Regional Forum on Evaluation of Citizenship Competencies to inform member states about the results of the project ((http://www.sredecc.org/about.html)  and encourage their participation in international assessments in order to acquire new skills, evaluate the results of their educational policies for democratic citizenship, and strengthen international cooperation. The event was hold in Ecuador in conjunction with the V Regular Meeting of the Inter-American Committee on Education (CIE).

For further information on the event, please click here. Through this link you can also access to key documents and studies that served for the preparation of the event, as well as to interesting discussions that took place during it.

“Inter-American Workshop on the role of arts and communications media in promoting democratic values and practices among children and youth: Implications for research, policy and practice”. A collaborative initiative of the Inter-American Committee on Culture (CIC) and the Inter-American Committee on Education (CIE) of the Organization of American States. Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, June 16-18, 2010.

For further information about this workshop, please contact us at education@oas.org or click here.

2008

Inter-American Seminar on Evaluation of Policies and Programs in Education for Democratic Citizenship, Antigua, Guatemala, December 1-3, 2008. 

In December 2008, the Inter-American Program carried out the onsite phase of the first pilot of the Hemispheric Course on Evaluation of Policies and Programs in Education for Democratic Citizenship. For further information about this course, please click here.

Second Advisory Board Meeting, Antigua, Guatemala, December 4-5, 2008.

The Second Meeting of the Advisory Board was held in Antigua, Guatemala, on December 4-5, 2008, with the support of the Inter-American Committee of Education (CIE) and the Ministry of Education of Guatemala. The event was organized by the OAS General Secretary, through the Department of Education and Culture of the Executive Secretary of Integral Development (SEDI) in collaboration with the Department of State Modernization and Governance. The members of the Advisory Board were also invited to enroll in the onsite phase of the Hemispheric Course for the Evaluation of Policies and National Programs in Citizenship Education, joining the selected participants. You may find more information about this meeting in this Portal by clicking here.

Second International Summit on Conflict Resolution Education: “Youth and Conflict: Global Challenges – Local Strategies”. Cleveland, Ohio, USA, March 28-31, 2008.

This meeting was hosted by the Global Issues Resource Center and Library, Office of Community Continuing Education, at Cuyahoga Community College and the European Centre on Conflict Prevention (International Secretariat for the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict), in partnership with colleges and universities, local, national, and international non-governmental and governmental organizations. This Summit was built upon the achievements obtained at the First Inter-American Summit on Conflict Resolution Education which was organized in March 2007 by the Global Issues Resource Center at Cuyahoga Community College and whose main sponsors were the Organization of American States and the United Nations Development Program.

This second Summit constituted “an opportunity for colleges and universities, non-governmental organizations, and governmental organizations to engage in interdisciplinary collaboration and research on issues of violence and conflict confronting our youth”.

For further information about the event, please visit this link http://www.creducation.org/resources/
08_CRE_Summit_Overview.pdf

2007

Inter-American Encounter on Conflict Resolution Education: International Innovations and Challenges, Cleveland, Ohio, USA, March 14 – 17, 2007

This meeting was hosted by the Global Issues Resource Center at Cuyahoga Community College and its main sponsors were the Organization of American States and the United Nations Development Program. The general conference (March 14th  -15th ) offered an opportunity for 400 college students, college faculty, university scholars, K-12 educators, public health officials, prevention specialists, and policy makers in the Americas to discuss current work in conflict resolution education. 140 presenters, representing 24 states and 13 countries, shared examples of best practices within their states and nations, implementation models, and evaluation results with attendees. The final two days were dedicated to small-group policy discussions.

For an overview of the workshops and speakers, please see the Conference Program. You may also access to the final report on these meetings by clicking here. The Pre-Conference Reader is available at this link.

2006

First Advisory Board Meeting, Bogotá, Colombia, April 19 – 21, 2006.

The objectives of this meeting were to organize the Advisory Board and to compile recommendations for the Inter-American Program's work plan and initial activities. For further information about this meeting, please click here.

Inter-American Seminar on Good Practices in Education for Democratic Citizenship, Mexico City, July 5th - 8th, 2006

The Secretariat of Public Education of Mexico (SEP) and the Organization of American States (OAS) hosted a three - day seminar for National Coordinators of education for democratic citizenship and related areas in the Americas and other educational leaders. The main objective of the seminar was to promote dialogue and analysis among OAS Member States regarding good practices in democratic citizenship education.2005.

For further information about this Seminar, please click here.

2005

International Workshop on Citizenship Competencies, Bogotá, Colombia, April 25 – 28, 2005.

This workshop was aimed at achieving a better understanding and knowledge of the Colombian Citizenship Competencies Program as well as to share experiences of other countries in the implementation of educational policies related to this topic. For further information about this event, please click here (in Spanish).

 

 

       
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