Gathering of the Education Sector at the Second KIX LAC Annual Meeting

07 February 2022
Credit: KIX LAC

The second KIX LAC Annual Meeting was held with representatives of the countries that make up the Latin America and the Caribbean Hub: Dominica, El Salvador, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Nicaragua, St. Lucia, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines; the goals and activities that the hub carried out during 2021 were presented, as well as agreeing on a work agenda for 2022, aimed at the effective solution of the challenges identified in member countries.

In his opening remarks, Dr. Javier Gonzalez, Director of SUMMA, highlighted the main strength of KIX LAC as being able to bring together such diverse actors from the educational sector, allowing the creation of a collective mechanism for effective action, generating changes in education systems during the first 18 months of work.

Also, Raul Chacon, Director of KIX LAC, presented the achievements and advances of the last year, and highlighted the identification and acknowledgement of enormous educational challenges in the region, as well as the representatives' contributions regarding the exchange of knowledge, experiences, learning and trajectories that each one has contributed to KIX LAC.

Next, Carlene Radix, Head of Human and Social Division at OECS, thanked SUMMA for its joint work in carrying out the KIX LAC project, and highlighted the unprecedented situation (the COVID-19 pandemic) that has entirely transformed the educational system and has accelerated changes in online learning and development of methodologies, but on the other hand, has deepened inequalities and withdrawn the safety net that schools provide for many children. Likewise, she highlighted the importance of the meeting in order to continue sharing the member countries' challenges and visions for their future.

In the second part of the meeting, Dr. Joel Warrican presented "High-impact Projects with a Focus on Teacher Professional Development: The Case of the Department of Education Curriculum Reform at UWI" together with Dr. Ivana Zacarias, highlighting that SUMMA is supporting the institution through research, knowledge mobilization, curricular development and training in the reform of its initial teacher training programs.

Subsequently, the KIX LAC team made up of researcher Dr. Maciel Morales Aceiton and Mar Botero, Coordinator of Knowledge Transfer and Community Management, presented some of the initiatives for 2022, the Indicators Platform, KIX LAC Communities of Practice and the "Co-building with Country Representatives to Enhance KIX LAC Impact" workshop was held.

The third KIX LAC Annual Meeting will take place in January 2023.