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La Educación
Número: (132-133) I,II
Año: 1999

Preliminary conclusions

1. There is an increased willingness among government, business, civil society and academia to work together in training and education.  Some of the factors shaping this trend are international competitive pressures, acceleration of technical obsolescence, fiscal constraints,  social concerns, and the increasing complexity and cost of improving training and education in the new technical, economic and social context.

2. Public-private partnerships are an important component in the search for better approaches to training and education.  In particular, partnerships are showing that properly selected and applied new information technologies can contribute to increase the coverage, improve the quality and reduce the cost of education.

3. There is a growing consensus that since government, business, communities and individuals all benefit from training and education, they should all contribute to its financing.  Many corporations and business associations are willing to explore new avenues for cooperating with youth education and workforce training. Governments and financial institutions are expanding educational loans.  Students are looking for educational loans and work-study opportunities to complement grants and scholarships.

4. There is fertile ground for the growth of new forms of public-private partnerships for training and education in Latin America and the Caribbean.  However, the new forms of partnerships are just budding and there is a need to protect their growth by increasing the flow of information on best practices and by training leaders for this new form of social entrepreneurship.

5. The International Partnership Network (IPN), its national member institutions and other similar organizations have played a major role in the establishment of partnerships in more developed countries, by facilitating the exchange of experience, mutual support and joint efforts among their members. By taking advantage of the training opportunities provided by regional meetings and world conferences, and by providing information on best practices and advisory services to partnership for education entrepreneurs, these institutions are now contributing to strengthen public-private partnerships for education in less developed countries.