Education in Latin America and the Caribbean at a crossroads

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CARIBBEAN / LATIN AMERICA – UNESCO, UNICEF and ECLAC warn that at the current rate, Latin America and the Caribbean will not achieve the education goals set by the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

This is revealed in Education in Latin America and the Caribbean at a Crossroads. The SDG4-Education 2030 Regional Monitoring Report, launched this 8 September 2022 in the framework of International Literacy Day.

The report highlights that while achievement with the education goals established in SDG4 of the 2030 Agenda was not assured before the COVID-19 pandemic, it is much less so now. The agencies emphasize that the targets will not be met without a change in the direction of policies and resource allocation for education.

Economic difficulties and the devastating effects of the COVID-19 pandemic have contributed to the slowdown and stagnation in the progress made towards SDG4 and educational achievements seen between 2015 and 2021.

A result of collaboration among the Regional Bureau for Education in Latin America and the Caribbean (OREALC/UNESCO Santiago), the UNICEF Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean (UNICEF LACRO) and the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), the report identifies challenges facing the region and areas that require urgent attention to achieve the SDG4 goals set. The wealth and breadth of information contained in the report makes it a key regional input for decision-makers and the Transforming Education Summit, convened by the United Nations Secretary-General.

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