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Education is a right, but it’s everybody’s responsibility

© Ministerio de Educación de la Nación Argentina/2008
Meeting between Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, President of Argentina,, Juan Carlos Tedesco, Argentine Education Minister and Gladys Acosta Vargas,UNICEF Representative in Buenos Aires on February 27, 2008.
BUENOS AIRES, 28 February 2008 - The Argentine Minister of Education, Juan Carlos Tedesco, and the UNICEF Representative in Argentina, Gladys Acosta Vargas, presented a campaign to promote the adolescents’ right to education. Beginning next week, the campaign will be aired in TV channels and radio stations, and includes posters and outdoors advertising.

“We are very happy to be able to launch this campaign a few days before the start of the school year with the purpose to restore education and a culture of effort among society’s core values,” Tedesco said. “We hope the campaign will mobilize, be picked up continued by families and in the schools, and results in an increasing demand for better quality of education. Education is not only improved by strengthening the supply; we also need to drive up the society’s demand to attain better educational outcomes.”

Acosta Vargas expressed her appreciation for the support from the Argentine President, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, whom she met yesterday, together with Minister Tedesco, at the Presidential Office. “Education is a right of adolescents and it is a responsibility they share with adults,” said Acosta.  “With the passing of the new National Education Law, secondary education is also mandatory, something which implies a greater responsibility and the need for efforts from all of society.”

“The challenges are many but they can be addressed and resolved by setting goals in the short, medium and long term. UNICEF will support those efforts,” added Acosta.

UNICEF and the Ministry of Education developed the campaign to promote the right to education, engage the whole of society in the implementation of this right and motivate adolescents in their commitment to school. Besides the TV spots with the voice of actor Gastón Pauls and the radio, print and outdoor pieces, there are plans to carry out events throughout the city to attract the adolescents’ attention – including science-related activities within the framework of the Year of Science Teaching declared by the National Government.

With the passing of the National Education Law, establishing 13 years of mandatory education, substantive changes are being proposed in terms of quality, equity and social justice in the education system, strongly focusing on secondary school. This process of change needs to be supported by the commitment of families, teachers, adolescents themselves, media, academia, civil society and businesses.

The joint initiative adds to the school reintegration policies developed by the Ministry of Education and UNICEF Argentina. The results of these policies have demonstrated that with the support of families, teachers and the community, adolescents begin to value education and understand that it is fundamental for their current and future development, und thus return to and complete their studies.

To view TV spot please link to: https://www.unicef.org/argentina/spanish/

UNICEF is on the ground in over 150 countries and territories to help children survive and thrive, from early childhood through adolescence.  The world’s largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS.  UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments.

For further information, please contact:
Maria José Ravalli, mjravalli@unicef.org, UNICEF Argentina
Ministry of Education, prensa@me.gov.ar, Tel:  (54-11)  4129-1170,
www.me.gov.ar, www.educ.ar




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