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La Educación
Número: (129-131) I,III
Año: 1998


In the editorial note of Volume XLI, we referred to events such as the Second Summit of the Americas, held in Santiago, Chile, where the Heads of State and Government of the countries of the region endorsed the Declaration of Santiago and the Plan of Action of the Second Summit of the Americas, as well as the twenty-eighth regular session of the General Assembly, held in Caracas, Venezuela, which decided that the OAS would assist in the implementation of the aforementioned Plan of Action in the field of education.

In addition to these events, the Ministers of Education of the Hemisphere met on July 20-21, 1998 in Brasilia, Brazil for the First Meeting of Ministers of Education within the framework of the Inter-American Council for Integral Development (CIDI). The purpose of the event was to develop a plan to advance the educational priorities established during the Second Summit of the Americas. At the same time, the Ministers of the Education considered the draft Inter-American Program of Education of CIDI, in accordance with the mandates of Santiago. The program defined objectives and activities in different areas, including the development of policies to support education for vulnerable populations; the professional development and incentives for teachers and educational administrators; the strengthening of educational management and administration and institutional development; training and instruction for the world of work; and the promotion of strategies for the development of citizenship. In the “Educational Activities” section, we have included the entire text of the approved Inter-American Program. We should also mention that during the meeting in Brasilia, the “Andres Bello” Inter-American Prize for Education was awarded to educators Noel F. McGinn, of the United States and Orlando Albornoz, of Venezuela.

All of the above reiterates the decisive political will at the hemispheric level to make education an indispensable actor in the processes of transformation and change that are needed to meet the challenges of the new millenium. It also marks the beginning of a series of initiatives which, in line with the agreements mentioned above, will develop vast and diverse activities which recognize the education with equity, relevance and efficacy is necessary to ensure a promising future for all of the inhabitants of the Americas.

The Editor