|UNICEF called for the strengthening of teachers at the Inter American Meeting of Ministers of Education|
On March, UNICEF and UNDP participated in the VII Inter American Meeting of Ministers of Education from Latin America held in Paramaribo. The UNICEF Guyana Education Specialist, Michele Rodrigues, presented the organizationâs perspective to support teachers to create learning environments conducive for the development, protection and active participation of all children at every level of the school system.
The Declaration of Paramaribo stressed the importance of teachers in all levels of the educational process. âWe reaffirm the key role of the teacher in educational processes and results and recognize that the participation of teachers in efforts to improve the quality of education is important, so as to help ensure that the results are effective and lasting,â the text says.
The document also highlights the need for educators âto have access to quality initial preparation and continuing professional developmentâ and acknowledges that âpolicies to strengthen the teaching profession and opportunities for quality professional development are vital to attract, employ, induct, develop, evaluate, motivate, retain, and recognize teachers so that they become ever better educators.â
The Declaration of Paramaribo also emphasizes the importance of expanding access to new technologies in education, and applauded the progresses made by the Inter-American Teacher Education Network (ITEN). On that regard, the government of the United States announced during the meeting its commitment to further provide resources to strengthen ITENâs work.