The Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation supports Entreculturas’ work in education with two new agreements

The horizon of 2015, date in which the Education for All goals in the Dakar Framework of Action should have been reached, is just the reason for Entreculturas, together with Ayuda en Acción and Educación Sin Fronteras -members of the Spanish Coalition of GCE- try to intensify awareness raising, training and mobilization around this matter with AECID support during the next four years.

This way, the agreement includes the investigation, organization, information diffusion and analysis of good working practices in order to count with rigorous and useful data which show the steps forward done and the unresolved challenges. These good working practices will concern the goal of a quality education for all in the South, and the awareness raising, training and mobilization that teachers, management teams and students have carried out in the North. The information obtained about the role of education in the development process will be used to catch media attention.

Besides, in formal education line, we will offer tools and material to the educational centers to enable them to put in motion activities and education for development projects. Volunteers will also be trained to increase their capacity of awareness raising and mobilization of persons and groups in educational contexts, related to the Dakar Framework of Work and to attach vital importance of right to education into poverty eradication.

The last line of work of this agreement involves encouraging the civil and social participation and mobilization in favour of right to education, in order to establish a closer dialogue with leaders, specially by the Action Week for Education.

Along in the next four years of execution implementation of the agreement with AECID, is estimated that de actions will reach a total of 820.000 pupils of all ages and more than 32.000 teachers in 1.120 educational centers, without forgetting hundreds of volunteers and media that collaborate.
But Entreculturas will also work for Education for All in the South thanks to the Improvement of Education Quality for the Social Integration of Vulnerable Population in Latin America agreement, signed with AECID too. Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Paraguay, Colombia, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Uruguay, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Honduras, Panama, Haiti, Guatemala and Venezuela are the 17 countries that will receive, through Fe y Alegría as local partner, a total number of 41 projects in order to increase and spread access to education, improve its quality, provide technical and vocational training and design and implement advocacy strategies on public education policies.

The first goal of this agreement is that children, as well as young and adult people, from areas highly vulnerable or socially excluded, gain access to quality educational purposes, formal, non-formal or alternative, flexible and adapted to the context. That will be worked by national projects in Bolivia, Peru, Paraguay, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Haiti, Nicaragua, Panama and El Salvador.

The second aim, in which the bigger resources and efforts of the agreement converge, is the increase of educational quality in the entire region (the 17 countries mentioned). To achieve this, we will try to improve the class teaching and professional practices of educational sector, processes of management and educational plannings of directive teams, the participation of educational community in states of school management and assessment models.
The projects earmarked to put in motion a training strategy to provide impact notions and tools for staff in each Fe y Alegria have also a regional nature. From a common training proposal, each Fe y Alegría will be able to choose the method and national strategy most adjusted to their demands. The program includes social and political training for the teachers and local communities of Fe y Alegría educational centers, in order to get an awareness rising of all the institution and civil society about their responsibilities and duties related to education.

As far as technical education is concerned, the aim is to improve employment opportunities for young and adult people in socioeconomic vulnerability and exclusion, with difficulties for continuing education or excluded from the formal education system. Through professional and occupational training, regulated, certified and adapted to the labor market. This point will be developed by means of national projects in Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Paraguay, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, El Salvador and Venezuela.

Therefore, along the next four years, young and adult population in indigenous region of Ngabe Bugle, in Panamá, will have the opportunity to complete their elementary studies, and boys and girls from low-income in El Progreso, Honduras, will be able to choose a technical training to facilitate access to employment. All this meanwhile in Spain thousands of students in all levels become more aware about the main importance of education to fight against poverty and achieve a more just world. These are only some examples of all the realities that Entreculturas will make possible thanks to the two agreements signed with the AECID.