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OAS Concludes First Study Visit for the Exchange of Knowledge in the Teaching Profession in the Dominican Republic

  June 7, 2013

The Organization of American States (OAS) today completed the first study visit for the Exchange of Knowledge in the Field of the Teaching Profession in Santo Domingo, the Dominican Republic.

The initiative is based on the recognition of the essential role of teachers in the quality of educational processes and outcomes. The visit took place from Wednesday, June 5 to Friday, June 7, and was sponsored by the Inter-American Teacher Education Network (ITEN) of the OAS.

The ITEN invited policymakers from the Ministries of Education of several countries in the region in order to promote horizontal cooperation in the teaching profession. During the visit, the representatives discussed strategies to promote effective teaching and examined experiences in which educational systems have strengthened pedagogical practices.

Participants also used the platform of the Regional Teaching Policies and Practices Bank developed by the OAS through the ITEN, in response to the mandate of the Seventh Meeting of Ministers of Education held in Suriname in 2012.

The visit was attended by representatives of the Ministries of Education of Dominica, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Trinidad and Tobago and the Minister of Education of Belize. Participants also visited the project "Educational and Institutional Management of Region 10," carried out by the civil society organization Centro Cultural Poveda, together with the Ministry of Education of the Dominican Republic.

The ITEN is a virtual community that promotes the exchange of knowledge, experience, research and good practice in the teaching profession in the Americas.

For more information, please visit the OAS Website at

Reference: E-237/13