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					           Inter-American Program on
          Education for Democratic Values and Practices


                 Second Meeting of the Advisory Board
                          Antigua, Guatemala – December 4-5, 2008

Organizing institutions

The Advisory Board Meeting is organized by the General Secretariat of the Organization of
American States (OAS), through the Department of Education and Culture of the Executive
Secretariat for Integral Development (SEDI) in collaboration with the Department for State
Modernization and the Promotion of Good Governance. The first meeting of the Advisory
Board was held in Bogotá, Colombia on April 19-21, 2006, and was supported by the Ministry of
Education of Colombia, the Inter-American Committee on Education, and the Center for Civic
Education. This second meeting is being held in Antigua, Guatemala on December 4-5, 2008
and is supported by the Inter-American Committee on Education (CIE) and the Ministry of
Education of Guatemala.

Introduction:

The Inter-American Program on Education for Democratic Values and Practices was adopted by
the ministers of education of OAS member states through CIDI/RME/RES. 12 (IV-O/05) at the
IV Meeting of the Ministers of Education held in Scarborough, Trinidad and Tobago on August
11th and 12th, 2005. The main objective of the Inter-American Program is to promote the
development of a democratic culture through education by encouraging research, professional
development and educational resources, and information exchange among member states of the
OAS. The Inter-American Program builds on significant efforts in education for democratic
citizenship going on within countries throughout the region, as well as on prior work of
nongovernmental and international organizations such as the OAS, IDB, UNESCO, and others.

In the Commitments to Action from Scarborough, ministers asked the Inter-American Committee
on Education (CIE) to launch the Inter-American Program by facilitating the development of a
detailed work plan, benchmarks, and proposals for funding the first stage of the program. In
addition, the ministers asked that these components be developed by a working Board of
interested member countries with guidance from an Advisory Board that should include officials
from member states, educational institution personnel, and experts from civil society and other
groups working in the field.

Objective of the first meeting of the Advisory Board

The main objective of the first Advisory Board meeting was to generate a consensus on concrete
recommendations and suggestions to be used in the design of the action plan of the Inter-
American Program. The Advisory Board members discussed the state of the art in the education
of democratic values and practices, and analyzed challenges (gaps) and opportunities (resources)



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for citizenship education, through small group and plenary sessions (to see final report from the
first Advisory Board Meeting http://www.educadem.oas.org/english/cpo_eventos1.asp )

Objectives of the Second Advisory Board Meeting:

   o Review advances in implementing the Inter-American Program

   o Generate concrete recommendations for next two years on activities in each of the three
     components

   o Explore how the program can strengthen synergies with similar types of initiatives in the
     region and world

   o Provide opportunity to share ongoing initiatives and work of the Advisory Board
     Members and their respective institutions

   o Develop a set of criteria and benchmarks to monitor and evaluate the Program

Methodology:

   o In order to ensure a dynamic dialogue we will ask certain board members to facilitate the
     dialogue in sections of the agenda and for others to participate as discussants on panels.
     The discussants’ role is to raise key questions and issues for consideration based on the
     presentations.

   o There will be both small work group and plenary discussions.

   o Three Rapporteurs (one for each component) will be elected to take notes and summarize
     main recommendations for each component. These rapporteurs will work with the OAS
     technical secretariat on Thursday and Friday evening to produce the final report of the
     second advisory board meeting.


Background Information for Advisory Board Members:

We kindly ask that all advisory board members review the following information and come
ready with suggestions, feedback, issues to discuss in the meeting, and questions.

Progress Reports:

There are two progress reports for activities carried out since the launching of the program in
2005. These progress reports highlight the objectives, results, and estimated budgets for each of
the activities implemented. More detailed information on each activity within each of the three
components can be found on the web portal of the program at www.educadem.oas.org
The most recent progress reports are attached.


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Political mandates:

In addition to the concrete projects of the Inter-American Program presented in the progress
reports, the Department of Education has worked with member states to garner political support
for the topic of education for democratic citizenship and related areas through various OAS
political forums and processes. As a result the Program, its objectives, and accomplishments
have been highlighted in various political documents including:

   1) Original Program Framework and Resolution Adopted by Ministers at the IV Meeting of
      Ministers of Education in Trinidad and Tobago 2005
      http://www.educadem.oas.org/english/cpo_sobre.asp
   2) OAS General Assembly, Declaration of Medellin 2008
       http://www.oas.org/dil/AGDEC_57.doc
   3) V Meeting of Ministers of Education Cartagena, Colombia 2007
      http://www.sedi.oas.org/dec/Vministerial/documentos/post_reunion/rme00013e01.doc
   4) 2006 General Assembly Resolution AG/RES. 2164
      http://www.educadem.oas.org/documentos/dec_07/AG2164finaleng.doc
   5) Thirty-Eighth    General     Assembly     -   Medellin,    Colombia,   June    2008
      http://www.oas.org/dil/AGRES_2423.doc

Dates for II Advisory Board Meeting

December 4-5, 2008

Venue

Antigua, Guatemala (Hotel Casa Santo Domingo)




                               PRELIMINARY AGENDA

Wednesday, December 3, 2008 – Flight arrivals in Guatemala City, transport to Antigua and
Hotel Check-in, and Welcome Dinner, 8:00 pm


Thursday, December 4, 2008 - General Introduction and Research Component


8:30 – 9:00am         Welcoming Remarks




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                      Lenore Yaffee Garcia, Director of Education and Culture (DEC),
                      SEDI/OAS

                      Pablo Zúñiga, Department of State Modernization and Good Governance,
                      SPA/OAS

                      Diego Paz Bustamente, Director, OAS Office Guatemala

                      Licda. María Luisa Ramírez de Flores, Technical Vice-Minister of
                      Education of Guatemala

9:00 –9:45 am         Introduction of Advisory Board Members

9:45 - 10:00 am       Background and Progress Report 2006-2008 Inter-American Program

10:00 – 10:15 am      Questions and Dialogue

10:15-10:30 am        Coffee Break

10:30-11:30 am        Cultural Event


Research Component

11:30-11:40 am        Analytical Report on National Policies in Education for Democratic
                      Citizenship

                      Jo-Ann Amadeo, Close-up Foundation
                      Adriana Cepeda, Consultant DEC/OAS

11:40-11:55 am        Inter-American Journal on Education for Democracy

                      Bradley Levinson, University of Indiana
                      Daniel Schugurensky, University of Toronto

11:55-12:10 pm        Presentation on Regional System of Evaluation and Development of
                      Citizenship Competencies (SREDECC)

12:10-12:20 pm        Presentation on Americas Barometer (LAPOP)

                      Mitchell Seligson, Vanderbilt University


                      Leonardo Garcia, Coordinator SREDECC


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12:20-12:40 pm        Discussant Panel on Research Activities


                      Enrique Chaux, University of the Andes
                      Margaret Branson, Center for Civic Education
                      Fernando Onetto, Ministry of Education of Argentina


                      Moderator: Renato Gazmuri, Ministry of Education of Chile


12:40-1:00 pm         Dialogue and Recommendations in Plenary on Research Component


1:00-2:00             Lunch


Professional Development Component


2:00 pm– 2:15 pm      Distance Education Course for Teachers on the Inter-American
                      Democratic Charter and the teaching of democratic values and practices

                      Video Presentation and comments by Pablo Zúñiga and Lenore Yaffee
                      Garcia, OAS


2:15-2:30 pm          Presentation on distance education course for teachers in the Caribbean

                      Jorge Baxter, DEC/OAS

                      Patricia Ellis, Ellis and Associates

2:30-2:45 pm          Presentation on distance education course on evaluation of citizenship
                      education policies and programs

                      Angela Bermudez, Northeastern University
                      Adriana Cepeda, DEC/OAS


2:45-3:15 pm          Panel Discussants on Professional Development Component




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                      Manuel Fregoso, Secretariat for Public Education, Baja California,
                      Mexico

                      Marva Ribeiro, Office of International Cooperation Initiatives, Trinidad
                      and Tobago

                      Susana Restrepo, Fundación Presencia, Colombia

                      Moderator: Janet Patti, Hunter College

3:15-3:45 pm          General Dialogue and Recommendations

3:45-4:00 pm          Coffee Break


Information Exchange Component

4:00-4:05 pm          Introduction, Adriana Cepeda, DEC/OAS1

4:05-4:35 pm          International Seminars and Workshops 2006-2009

                      International Seminar on Best Practices in Education for Democratic
                      Citizenship, Mexico City, July 2006

                      Manuel Fregoso, Secretariat of Public Education, Baja California, Mexico

                      Inter-American Summits on Conflict Resolution and Peace Education
                      2007 and 2008

                      Jennifer Batton, Director Global Issues Resource Center

                      International Seminar: “The role of the arts and communication media in
                      promoting democratic values and practices among children and youth:
                      Implications for research, policy, and practice”

                      Ilana Umansky, Sesame Street Workshop


4:35-5:00 pm          Panel Discussants

                      Daniel Schugerensky, University of Toronto
                      Leticia Landeros, Instituto para el Desarrollo y la innovación educativa




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                      Leticia Teleguario and Rutila Ajanel, Kabawil Organization

                      Moderator: Eva Rodriguez, Fundación Nueva Acrópolis

5:00-5:30 pm          General Discussions and Wrap-up


5:30 -8:00 pm         Cultural Event, Visit to museums (optional)


Friday, December 5:

9:00 – 9:10 am        Summary of day 1 results, Adriana Cepeda

9:10 – 9:55 am        Presentation from Council of Europe: Lessons Learned from a decade
                      promoting education for democratic citizenship in Europe.

                      Sarah Keating, Program Manager, Council of Europe
                      Ted Huddleston, Council of Europe

9:55-10:25 am         Panel Discussants

                      Valerie Taylor, Education Consultant
                      Ricardo Hevia, UNESCO/OREALC
                      Karen Kovacs, Director Regional Office OEI, Division on Citizenship
                      and Human Rights

10:25-11:00 am        Dialogue

11:00-11:15 am        Coffee Break


11:15-11:35 am        Introduction: Benchmarks and evaluation of Inter-American Program

                      Fernando Onetto, Ministry of Education, Argentina
                      Maria La Russo, University of the Andes


11:35-12:15 pm        Working Groups: Recommendations for monitoring and evaluation
                      strategy

12:15-1:00 pm         Plenary and Dialogue

                      Facilitated by Mitchell Seligson and Bradley Levinson


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1:00-2:00 pm          Lunch

2:00-3:00 pm          General Discussion on Existing Work of Advisory Board Members

                      Moderated by Pablo Zúñiga


3:00-3:30 pm          Mobilizing Resources for the Program

                      Lenore Yaffee Garcia, OAS
                      Jennifer Batton, Global Issues Resource Center

3:30-3:45 pm          Coffee


3:45-4:05 pm          What’s missing from the conversation?

                      Nelly Stromquist, University of Maryland
                      Gabriel Murillo, University of the Andes (retired professor)
                      Pat Ellis, Ellis and Associates

4:05:4:25 pm          General Discussion

4:25-5:10 pm          Working Groups / Developing Final Recommendations for Program

5:10-5:30 pm          Presentation of Recommendations and Next Steps

                      Lead Rapporteurs for each component

                      Carlana Imeri, Ministry of Education, Guatemala

                      Lenore Yaffee Garcia, DEC/OAS




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