Successful School Pathways International Conference
Education Strategies to Address the Root Causes of Interrupted School Pathways in Latin America and the Caribbean Region
The international conference’s main goal is to share local and regional-level interventions to address the root causes of interrupted school pathways and their impact among the most vulnerable students in Latin America and Caribbean Region. School access, retention and learning experiences will draw the discussions and delineate the presentations offered by national and international experts in education, teachers, students, researchers, policy makers and civil society organizations which will participate in the conference.
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Before the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, approximately 10.4 million children and adolescents were out of school in the Latin America and the Caribbean region.
While access and completion at primary level was relatively high, there was a major concern of dropout at secondary level, which is the highest at upper secondary level with 6.4 million out of school adolescents and with 2.3 million adolescents out of lower secondary school.
In Brazil, in 2019, 2.1 million students did not progress in school, more than 620,000 dropped out of school and more than 6 million were in age-grade distortion. Grade retention, school dropout and age-grade distortion are the root causes of interrupted school pathways, not only in Brazil but also in the Latin America and the Caribbean region. The students’ profile is very well-known: they were concentrated in the North and Northeastern regions, and they were often indigenous and afro descendant children and adolescents or students with disabilities.
This situation has been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Latin America and the Caribbean has been the region most affected by prolonged school closures with an average of 158 school days between March 2020 and February 2021 and 3 out of every 5 children having lost a full school year (approximately 60% of all students in Latin America and the Caribbean had not had access to face-to-face classes). Vulnerable groups have been most affected facing the greatest challenges to keep learning – aggravating inequalities all over the territory. In the country, more than 5.5 million children and adolescents did not have access to school activities in 2020, either through printed, digital, in-person or remote means.
Grade retention, school dropout and age-grade distortion are all mutually reinforcing causes that contributes for the phenomenon that puts in risk children and adolescents’ school pathways; mainly those who are in more vulnerable situation.
Image1: Mutually reinforcing causes of interrupted school pathways (UNICEF, 2021)
1 Please read Enfrentamento da cultura de fracasso escolar: Reprovação, abandono e distorção idade-série (UNICEF, 2021) available in Portuguese only at: https://www.unicef.org/brazil/relatorios/enfrentamento-da-cultura-do-fracasso-escolar
The successful school pathways international conference, realized by UNICEF, in Brazil, in partnership with FLACSO Brasil and with the support of Porticus, is a 3-day event, entirely online, that will gather national and international experts in education, teachers, students, researchers, policy makers and civil society organizations to share local and regional interventions to address the root causes of interrupted school pathways and their consequences among the most vulnerable students in LAC Region.
The 3-day event is expected to provide all participants with hands-on activities, deep analysis of local, national and international contexts and the formulation of a common understanding on how important school policies shall be to building a new school culture aimed at allowing every student, regardless their origin, past or present experiences, to learn meaningfully. A culture in which teachers and students are co-authors of their learning activities and together they can interact not only with each other, but also with the entire school community.
The preliminary results of the work that has been developed through the implementation of the Successful School Pathways strategy in Brazil will also delineate the discussions during the conference. The strategy is currently being implemented in partnership with 8 State Secretaries of Education across the country (Acre, Roraima, Amapá, Pará, Rio Grande do Norte, Sergipe, Espírito Santo and the Federal District), enabling the design and implementation of programmes and policies whose approach encompasses legal and institutional frameworks of the state secretaries of education, the school management and the organization of classroom and extracurricular activities. These processes need to happen through articulated and integrated ways, starting from the implementation of specific pedagogical proposals for the most vulnerable students through a curriculum that considers not only their school-derived knowledge, but also their socio-cultural experiences and self-interests.
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|3:30 pm | Opening Panel (UTC/GMT -3)|
|4:15pm | Seminar Presentation Panel (UTC/GMT -3)|
|5:45 pm | Cultural Presentation (UTC/GMT -3)|
|3:00 pm | Workshop 1: Comprehensive Remedial Education Programmes (UTC/GMT -3) – Download content|
|4:30 pm | Workshop 2: Remote Learning and Hybrid Education (UTC/GMT -3) – Download content|
|3:00 pm | Workshop 3: Inclusive Education for Children and Adolescents with Disabilities (UTC/GMT -3) – Download content|
4:30 pm | Workshop 4: Intercultural Education Strategies (UTC/GMT -3) – Download content
|06:30 pm | Cultural Presentation (UTC/GMT -3)|
*Note: Participants who registered within the official registration period (June 7th to 14th) will soon receive the Certificate of Participation in the Seminar.