The work developed by adult education in Cuba was pondered this morning by Dr. David Atchoarena, director of UNESCO's Division of Lifelong Learning Policies and Systems, who spoke on the third day of the 2018 University Congress, which is held in the Havana Convention Center.
In the presence of José Ramón Saborido Loidi, Minister of Higher Education of the Greater Antilles, Atchoarena gave the University conference and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, in which he stated that Cuba is an example of the restructuring that universities should undertake. The university must promote, he asserted, «that a life be lived with learning».
"Education is essential for the achievement of all the objectives of sustainable development, health, protection of the environment, the right to a decent job ... all require strict policies, quality education and good universities," said Atchoarena on the challenges of education, in a year that will undoubtedly mark important steps for the sector, since the Regional Conference on Higher Education (CRES 2018), next June in Córdoba, and the preparations for the World Convention in 2019 will take place.
About 2018 University Atchoarena said that the event constitutes a very important seat, by addressing key issues for policy reforms that are taking place around the world, to increase the contribution of higher education to sustainable development.
In order to comply with objective 4 of the 2030 Agenda, which focuses on the need to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all, Unesco has a high-level steering committee that monitors and manages the international aid.
At the conference where José Ramón Fernández, adviser to the president of the Councils of State and Ministers of Cuba also participated, Atchoarena added that the inclusion of Higher Education in the agenda constitutes a victory for the international community, and pointed out in the different areas which reflects, such as access, gender equality, education in pursuit of sustainable development, the development of scholarships, and the need to promote the training capacities of teachers.
He also insisted on increasing the role of high-school houses as the main sources of information and building bridges between all areas. "The 2030 Agenda seeks to leave no one behind," he said. The challenges for the fulfillment of those goals in the region, where the political will is strong according to Atchoarena, are in the reduction of inequality gaps and the quality of education in all its dimensions and levels. That is why in those challenges he called for focusing attention, as well as elaborating education policies that take into account cultural diversity. "Universities should become a laboratory of ideas and centers that contribute to the effective development of policies in the region," he insisted, while pondering the importance of investment and research. The third day of the 2018 University Congress has been an opportune space, in addition, for book presentations, the realization of panels on public policies of Higher Education and the signing of collaboration agreements, among other activities.