Education in Ibero-American countries showed progress in recent years, but is not enough to improve, but there be improved more quickly to avoid being left behind, said the Secretary general of the Organization of Ibero-American States for education (OEI), alvaro Marchesi. In an interview with Efe in La Paz, he stressed that the rate of illiteracy in Latin America fell from 10 to 9 percent in the past four years, but considered that it was an injustice that 28 million citizens still don’t know to read or write. We have come a long way in access, in the equipment of schools, even in the training of teachers, but there are very serious problems, enormous challenges. Inequality in the countries and between countries, is the (problem) more remarkable, he said. According to Marchesi, of Spanish nationality, other persistent problems are the lack of quality of education, insufficient support and recognition of the work of teachers and the still low incorporation to the Society of information and knowledge. There are challenges that we have to deal with each other, but we must not only get better, but we must improve more quickly because if not enlarged the gap with other more developed countries.
Although we can improve, others improve too, he added. Precisely, the plan targets educational 2021. The education we want for the generation of the bicentennial, adopted at the 20th Ibero last December, aims to address this pending agenda and deal with it from a social perspective. The Secretary of the OEI arrived in La Paz to begin working with the Bolivian educational authorities of the country projects framed in the plan. To say of Marchesi, the success of the project is that each country has developed its goals from their own reality, to articulate them in a collective agenda which will require an investment of $ 100 billion in the next 10 years.