. In Latin America and the Caribbean, despite pronounced inequalities, there has been a decrease in the rate of illiteracy
since the beginning of this decade. Still according to data from the UNESCO Institute for Statistics, some 38.6 million adults in the region (55% of them women) cannot read or write. This figure, combined with the 88 million people over the age of 15 who were unable to complete their primary schooling, represents a major challenge for educational policies.
Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, and the Argentine Minister of Education, Daniel Filmus opened the meeting focusing primarily on how the region can attain quality education for all by 2017
. The progress review of PRELAC concluded the following:
quality education for all, is a public good and a fundamental human right that States must respect, promote and safeguard, so as to guarantee equal opportunity in the access and appropriation of knowledge;
the role of the teacher is crucial in the educational process – how the profession is exercised, its quality and the policies in this domain, as well as increasing public spending allocated to education are necessary.
On March 29-30, the Ministers and Vice-Ministers of education from the 41 countries of Latin American and Caribbean region held a two-day meeting in Buenos Aires, Argentina to take stock of the progress of the Regional Education Project for Latin American and the Caribbean (PRELAC) coordinated by UNESCO