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                                                                                                                                              Edition 14 / August 2013


Launch of Portfolio of Experiences on “The Role of the Arts and Communications Media in Education for Democratic Citizenship”


Aiming to contribute to the debate of the importance of the arts and communications media in strengthening democratic values, the Organization of American States (OAS) is pleased to present the portfolio of promising experiences of policies, programs and initiatives about “The Role of the Arts and Communications Media in Education for Democratic Citizenship”. This new publication was developed jointly by the Inter-American Program on Education for Democratic Values and Practices and the area of culture of the Executive Secretariat for Integral Development of the OAS. This initiative was possible thanks to the support of the Special Multilateral Fund of the Inter-American Council for Integral Development (FEMCIDI) and the U.S. Permanent Mission to the OAS. The portfolio gathers 14 promising experiences of the Americas that show how governments, civil society organizations and private entities have been able to position the arts and communications media as central to the development and practice of citizenship competencies of children and youth. The portfolio is available by clicking here.


EDUCADEM shared its experience in Congress of Educators in Peru


The Inter-American Program on Education for Democratic Values and Practices – EDUCADEM participated in the XVI National Congress of Educators (website available only in Spanish) held in Lima, Peru from July 31 to August 2, 2013. Citizenship Education: Challenges and Competencies for Living Together in Today’s World” was the theme of the congress that was organized by the Peruvian University of Applied Sciences – UPC. The event organized 23 conferences, 26 workshops and 3 expositions. EDUCADEM had the opportunity to share its experiences and achievements in citizenship education at two occasions during the Congress.  Firstly, the Inter-American Program delivered a presentation to more than 500 teacher participants entitled “The OAS and its contribution to the development of a democratic culture through education” at the opening ceremony. The Inter-American Program also conducted a two-day workshop targeted at school directors, teachers, public officials and representatives of civil society about the program ¨Peace Leaders¨ that is being implemented in the state of Hidalgo in Mexico in collaboration with the Secretariat of Public Education. Its objective was to strengthen the work of educators to promote in students greater awareness about their role as agents of change in communities, and to strengthen their capacity to lead in a creative and innovative way the development of community projects aimed at solving problems identified by students in the school and / or community.


We invite you to read two news pieces published by local newspapers (available only in Spanish):

- Citizenship Education and Protests in Peru.

- Schools Must Prepare Critical and Responsible Citizens.


Call for the Portfolio of Experiences on Student Participation

and Leadership Closes


The Inter-American Program on Education for Democratic Values and Practices launched a call for the virtual portfolio of experiences on student participation and leadership. Information about policies, programs and initiatives from 15 countries of the Americas led by government agencies, private institutions and (public/private) educational institutions was gathered. The Program will continue working on the analysis of these experiences that will be contained in the virtual portfolio. Also, all those experiences that meet the call’s selection criteria will be published in the virtual space that the Inter-American Program is currently creating in collaboration with The European Wergeland Centre of Norway (privileged partner of the Council of Europe) in its platform “Share & Connect”. Participating institutions and any audience interested in the topic may also participate in forums and activities to promote dialogue and exchange of experiences in this field.




EDUCADEM continues to recognize teachers and students of the Americas



The OAS national office in Venezuela awarded certificates to recognize the students and teacher whose work was selected in the contest “Perspectives on Democracy”. All photographs of the award ceremony are available on the Program’s Facebook page. To read the selected short stories and class plans, you may access the publication here (Available only in Spanish).


The Inter-American Program would like thank once again all the students and teachers from the Americas that participated in this initiative, as well as all OAS National Offices that collaborated to disseminate the contest and hold the award ceremony in recognition of the selected participants.


Scholarships for Graduate Program Euro-Latinoamericano in Intercultural Education  



The Organization of American States (OAS) and the National University of Distance Education (UNED) of Spain are offering 4 scholarships for the two-year online Graduate Program Euro-Latinoamericano in Intercultural Education (Program will only be offered in Spanish). The scholarship will cover 65% of the program’s tuition to the best 4 selected candidates. The pre-registration to the program is open from September 2 to 9, 1013 and the deadline to apply to the OAS-UNED scholarship is September 16, 2013.


For further information about the scholarship, application process and forms, please click here (available only in Spanish).





Romina Kasman


Jaime Solano Cardoso


Marisa Garcia Lozano




Diana Valentina Pernett




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