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IBE coordinates a workshop on Secondary Education and Youth Cultures in Latin America, with IIEP and UNESCO Education Research and Foresight



IBE, represented by Mr. Renato Opertti, Programme Specialist, and Mr. Massimo Amadio, Senior Programme Specialist, is coordinating an interregional set of studies on youth cultures and youth education jointly with the Education Research and Foresight (ERF) team at HQ, with the view to inform policies, strategies and practices addressing youth disengagement from education. The first studies focusing on Latin America and the Caribbean are currently carried out by IIEP-Buenos Aires.

A workshop involving representatives from related institutions, renowned experts and regional leaders who are concerned with this issue is being held on 15-16 September in Buenos Aires, Argentina with the view to: (i) discuss the preliminary findings from the studies in LAC region; (ii) share trends, visions and approaches on youth culture and youth education; and (iii) exchange on the type of expertise and research methodology required in implementing these types of studies.

Participants count around 20 and include policy makers, educators, international staff, researchers, curriculum specialists coming from UNESCO – EFR, Fields Offices OREALC, Beirut and Dakar, IIEP Buenos Aires and IBE, the Organization of Iberoamerican States (OEI), UNICEF, ECLAC (Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean), the Ministry of Education of Argentina and Universities – i.e. Catholic University of Cordoba (UCC) and National University of San Martin -.

In Latin America, while access and participation to secondary education has considerably increased, the prominence of dropout phenomena and out-of-school adolescents remain a deep concern for the realization of the 2030 Educational Agenda. It is with strong convictions, therefore, that the IBE promotes the analysis of subjective perceptions of youth toward school in order to better understand their experiences, their culture and their dropout trajectories. Drawing on this analysis will then allow better informing education policies that are to successfully attract and retain young people to complete secondary education. Based on the outcome of the overall study and its impact on policy-making, the IBE is expecting to extend this impact-research to the Arab States and the Sub-Saharan Africa where similar challenges can be observed.