Inclusive, equitable and quality education is a right of all countries

During the pro tempore presidency of Cuba in the Group of 77 + China (G77 + China) we have the purpose of working intergovernmentally in the generation of consensus and actions that bring us closer to civil society, Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla said yesterday. , member of the Political Bureau of the Party and Minister of Foreign Relations, at the Havana Convention Center.

At the Meeting of Ministers of Education of the G77 + China, within the XVIII International Pedagogy Congress 2023, the Chancellor pointed out that one of the priorities for the year will be, precisely, defending and promoting inclusive, equitable and quality education throughout throughout life – sustainable development goal (SDG) No. 4 – as a fundamental principle for all.

He stressed that this “meeting takes place in a context of a systemic and multidimensional global crisis that impacts the education sector, aggravated by the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, the application of unilateral coercive measures, the deepening of social inequalities and economics, the impact of climate change and the increase in the digital divide, among other phenomena.

Ena Elsa Velázquez Cobiella, Minister of Education of Cuba, affirmed the need to promote strategies to enhance cooperation between southern nations and promote a true transformation of education, which allows us to be united in the face of the challenges of developing countries.

He stressed that education is the responsibility of the State and the supreme right of all people. The executive nature of the Cuban social project – she said – supports the right to a quality, free, equitable and accessible education for all, without distinction, oriented towards the integral development of the students.

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Velázquez Cobiella presented the Declaration of the Meeting of Ministers of Education of the G77 + China, in which the importance of guaranteeing educational financing and protecting it from political and economic decisions and world order relations was reaffirmed.

In turn, the Vice Prime Minister, Jorge Luis Perdomo Di-Lella, highlighted the high participation – face-to-face and virtual – of the event, which is linked to the activism of the Island in the face of multilateralism, a position historically defended by the Cuban Revolution.

He expressed that a fluid exchange of experiences has been developed in the meeting to face the common challenges and challenges that, in educational matters, concern developing nations.

At the meeting, there was agreement on the need to address the loss of knowledge, caused by the suspension of classes during the pandemic and the negative psychological impact on teachers, focusing on the use of technology for educational purposes.

Author: Wennys Diaz Ballaga

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