Functions of the Inter - American Committee on Education
(Resolution approved at the fifth plenary session held on August 13, 2003)
THIRD MEETING OF MINISTERS OF EDUCATION OEA/Ser.K/V.6.1
August 11 - 13, 2003 CIDI/RME/RES. 10 (III-O/03)
Washington, D. C. 13 August 2003
CIDI/RME/RES. 10 (III-O/03)
THE MEETING OF MINISTERS OF EDUCATION IN THE FRAMEWORK OF THE INTER-AMERICAN COUNCIL FOR INTEGRAL DEVELOPMENT,
HAVING SEEN the Rules and Procedures of the Inter-American Committee on Education (CIE);
CONSIDERING that the purpose of the CIE is to coordinate the implementation of the inter-american dialogue on the topic of education in order to provide follow-up to the Summit of the Americas mandates and the accords reached in the Meeting of Ministers of Education, identify multilateral initiatives and contribute to the execution of OAS policies in the area of partnerships for educational development;
TAKING INTO ACCOUNT that the Rules and Procedures of the CIE show that besides the functions for which it was established, the CIE shall carry out those additional functions assigned to it by the Meeting of Ministers of Education.
Request that in addition to functions established in its rules and procedure, it also carries out the following:
a. Follow the progress made with regard to the objectives of the Summit of the Americas, taking into account the goals of Education for All and the millennium goals.
b. Make a special effort to organize a meeting before the end of the year to share our programs in values education in order to strengthen the decision we made in Punta del Este to promote education for peace and against violence, with the participation of the OAS, UNESCO, the Organization of Ibero-American States for Education, Science and Culture (OEI), and the Andres Bello Agreement.
c. Support the efforts of states to offer good-quality education in multicultural contexts and respond to the challenges of providing intercultural and multilingual education in the region.
d. Design educational strategies for use of the EDUSAT satellite network in pursuance of the goal of quality education with equity. In this sense, we instruct the CIE to initiate, as soon as possible, a program of "Hemispheric Dialogues on Education" with the World Bank Institute, the OAS, and the General Directorate of Educational Television of Mexico's Secretariat of Public Education (DGTVE/SEP) (Institute of Connectivity of the Americas).
e. Reinforce higher education and hemispheric networks through further exchanges of students, teacher, and researchers.
f. Promote programs on science and technology at all educational levels, in coordination with the Inter-American Committee of Science and Technology.
g. Regarding the Educational Portal of the Americas, request that existing virtual human resource development programs developed by universities and institutions of higher learning in the region on the five thematic areas of the hemispheric projects be identified, evaluated, and recommended so as to strengthen the Portal's superior offerings and thus ensure its relevance.
h. Develop collaborative strategies with civil society organizations in order to benefit from their experience when carrying out its own work, especially in areas of education pertaining to the most vulnerable sectors of society.
i. Coordinate actions with the Inter-American Commission of Women to draw up strategies to allow the eradication of gender disparities in access and permanence at all educational levels, especially in primary and secondary education.
j. Establish partnerships with the private sector to support education, in particular the hemispheric projects.
k. Examine the education chapter of the OAS Strategic Plan for Partnership for Development 2002-2005 in order to consider the need for adapting it to the present Declaration and Commitments.