School, Family and Health Care: 3 pillars to guarantee educational inclusion and equity

2020 marks the fifth anniversary since the UN Member States have committed themselves to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, including those in Latin America. At the same time, it reminds us that there are only ten years left to be able to achieve the goals established in it, particularly Goal 4, to ensure inclusive quality education for all.

The Office for Latin America of the International Educational Planning Institute (IIPE-Buenos Aires), as guardians of the achievement of goals of 2030, organized an online discussion on the relationship between the school, family and health care to reduce the effects of COVID-19, on 29 April 2020.

The pandemic will undoubtedly have on equity and inclusion in education. The fundamental role of educational planning in mitigating these potential adverse effects were also addressed, as well as the role of UNESCO. Thus, it was pertinent and timely to reflect on the importance of educational planning in its contribution to improving the education of all people, including in crisis context.

The event was also an opportunity for participants to learn more about the support that UNESCO-IIEP regularly offers to countries in the Latin American region in developing their technical capabilities. After the dialogue, a question and answer session with their team allowed those interested in participating in the IIEP training programmes to make their inquiries and learn more about what the Institute offers.

During the online meeting, two invited participated from UNESCO Brasilia Office, the Education Sector Coordinator Rebeca Otero Gomes and the Health Education Programme Officer Mariana Braga to reflect on the central role of equity and educational inclusion during COVID-10 pandemic for achieving the Sustainable Development Goal 4 (SDG 4).

Mariana Clucellas, from UNESCO-IIEP, was the moderator of the virtual discussion, which has a total of 725 registrations from different countries of Latin America, Africa and Europe (Portugal and France), in addition to 200 people in real-time. This has been the highest quantity of participants in online meetings organized by UNESCO-IIEP-Buenos Aires.

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