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Versión Español | March 2014


New training opportunities through the OAS Educational Portal of the Americas

OAS Educational Portal of the AmericasWith a network of more than 180,000 registered users and nearly 27,000 trained participants, the Educational Portal of the OAS has contributed to human development in the Americas for more than a decade. This year, between March and June, the OAS-SEDI is offering more than 20 online courses through its Educational Portal on topics related to the quality of education, public administration, gender equality, youth policy and disability, sustainable tourism and business training.  

The subjects addressed by the Educational Portal’s courses are directly related to demands made ​​by OAS Member States in the area of development. Each course is designed in collaboration with institutions from civil society, the publicand/or academic sectors from the region, enabling the organization to meet specific country needs and to offer new opportunities for citizens to access quality education at affordable costs, wherever they may be.  

“From day one, students have the ability to apply the knowledge gained through the courses to their work" explains Bladimir Ortiz, pedagogical expert from the Educational Portal, referring to the practical approach followed by the courses, allowing participants to "learn by doing". The courses benefit a diverse audience, including policy makers, educators, teacher-trainers, leaders of civil society organizations, academic professors or researchers, among others.  

Beyond the new technical and practical knowledge acquired, the virtual classroom is an intercultural environment that facilitates exchanges between colleagues from different countries of the Americas. "The course enables interaction with peers and youth managers from Latin America and the Caribbean, providing valuable practical knowledge on the policies of these countries" said a participant in the Diploma Course on Social Management and Youth Policy.  

"It is one of the most important OAS initiatives for all of us" noted a beneficiary from the Vicente Rodríguez Martínez Library of Argentina. Another participant from the Caribbean, acknowledged that the course "has helped me to develop a very critical view of projects and policies. Also, I have a deeper appreciation for the work of the OAS in the Caribbean region". This year, through its various distance education initiatives, the Educational Portal will continue to create opportunities for training, collaboration and exchange of experiences.  

Courses are offered in English, Spanish and Portuguese, in close collaboration with other areas of the OAS and recognized institutions and organizations throughout the region. For more information about the courses and to register, visit the website, Facebook and Twitter accounts.

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