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Supporting education reform in Mexico through capacity building on curriculum



Mexico, September 20-24, 2011: Societies of the 21st century face the challenge of a growing demand for highly efficient and skilled citizens who can develop their full potential as professionals and individuals while contributing to the development of society. In order to address these issues, Mexico is carrying out a Primary Education Integral Reform (RIEB) to provide a coherent and comprehensive education for its people.

In this context and within its mission to assist governments in planning and managing the Education Sector, UNESCO–IBE, in cooperation with the Department of Primary Education of Mexico, is organizing two workshops on curriculum and educational change. The objective is to strengthen local capacities on these topics in light of contemporary issues.

The first workshop will be held in Cocoyoc, Mexico from September 20-22, 2011, and participants include members of the National Academic Group and teacher trainers, among others. The second workshop will take place on September 23-24 in Mexico City, gathering staff members of different divisions of Mexico’s Department of Primary Education.

The topics that will be explored in the workshops include contemporary curricular debates from an interregional perspective, inclusive curriculum as a fundamental axis for quality education, competency-based approaches for curricular development, and the pedagogy of integration as a tool for the development and practice of competencies.

The workshops are developed as a part of the ongoing support and assessment that UNESCO–IBE provides, in collaboration with UNESCO Mexico Office, to the implementation of the primary education reform in Mexico. This collaboration has also produced the UNESCO–IBE curriculum resource pack in Spanish and the development of two thematic modules customized to the needs of the country.