Escuela rural en El Salvador
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Education for rural people.
UNESCO/Santiago has been involved in this project since June 2005 when it was first implemented in Ecuador, Nicaragua and Paraguay. Education for rural people represents a flagship programme led by FAO and UNESCO in the framework of the Education for All World Programme, a global partnership for education adopted at the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) in Thailand, 1990. At the regional level, the priority of Education for All was ratified at the meeting of the Regional Education Project for Latin America and the Caribbean (PRELAC) held in Cuba in 2002.
Educavida is the regional kick-off project of the Education for Rural People programme. It seeks to galvanise current initiatives aimed at redoubling rural education efforts as a strategy for contributing to local development.
To this end, the project foresees three actions lines:
- Placing education at the core of local development policies;
- Forging partnerships and promoting national capacity building in support of a co-responsible commitment to education;
- Implementing new educational management models where teachers assume genuine leadership.
Within the framework of the rural education project EDUCAVIDA, one of the key activities being planned is the organisation in participating countries of a national competition of educational experiences for the promotion of local development in rural areas - the “EDUCAVIDA Competition”. The objective of this competition is to identify, reward and reinforce experiences that acknowledge education as a main factor in local development. Monetary awards will be granted to good practices that successfully articulate rural education and local governance from a comprehensive and multisectorial perspective.
These awards will finance the reinforcement programme and their systematic use by their respective authors. The granting of awards has been regarded as the initial phase of the competition. Once the winning entries have been reinforced, systematised and disseminated, the implications of this competition will become apparent.