On June 9, 2020, The Latin American and Caribbean regional hub (KIX LAC) held a virtual meeting to introduce the hub to its partners and share information about the hub’s priority setting process. At this meeting, they discussed: the main educational challenges for the region and how to resolve them, and the results from an exploratory study carried out by the hub between March to July, 2020.
The event was hosted by the consortium that manages the hub, SUMMA (Laboratory for Educational Research and Innovation for Latin America and the Caribbean) and the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) and it was attended by more than 50 participants that included representatives from Ministries of Education, representatives of Canada’s International Development Research Centre and the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) and civil society from 8 countries that are members of the hub..
The main outcome of the meeting was an agreement to implement a hub work plan focused on: the effects of COVID-19 on students and teachers, low access to the initial level and secondary school, addressing socioeconomic and gender inequities that hinder access to quality education, meeting the needs of rural populations and improve teacher professional development, among other issues. Through this work plan, the hub hopes to contribute to evidence-based educational improvements.