CIES 2023 Annual Meeting: Improving Education for a More Equitable World
19 February 2023 hora: 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Educational reforms abound around the globe, but limited improvements have been made to actualize educational equity, as reported by the UNESCO in Global Education Monitoring Reports (2021) and more recently in Reimagining Our Futures Together: A New Social Contract for Education (2022). Many interrelated factors often work in tandem, attributing to these limited improvements. These factors include power disparity, income, gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, language, ability, culture, religion, geopolitics, and neocolonialism. It is important to note the context within which these factors exist. We are facing a global climate change emergency in an uncertain post-Covid era.
However, the people and communities most impacted by these crises are already vulnerable, and the situation will only worsen if drastic changes are not made immediately; these factors will only expand existing inequalities and further widen the gaps of learning access and success. In this context: What responsibilities, agendas, and solutions can properly address these alarming challenges?
These highlights will be underpinned at the Comparable and International Education Society (CIES) 2023 Annual Meeting, to be held on February 14-22 in virtual and on-site modalities in Washington, D.C., USA.
UNESCO IESALC Director, Francesc Pedró, was invited to provide ideas in the framework of the meeting theme to be shared on the CIES: “We need to make sure that access to higher education in the most remote areas happens, in some cases by expanding the use of technology but certainly by making sure that public institutions are available”. Pedró will be presenting on the panel “Equitable access to higher education” on February 19 from 19:30 to 21:00 (Caracas GMT-4 – Please check your local time) where he will present his paper “The right to higher education: past achievements and future prospects in Latin American policies”.
One of the most important conclusions at the World Higher Education Conference (WHEC), held in Barcelona in May 2022, is that “the right to higher education is an integral part of the universal right to education,” Pedró recalled. He further insisted on the need for governments in Latin America and the Caribbean to ensure access to higher education for the most vulnerable groups. As it is happening in Peru, Chile, Mexico, and Colombia.