President Luis Guillermo Solís came out Monday in support of a broad-ranging education system that does not only instruct but promotes a number of socially desired concepts.
These include equality, inclusion, a culture of peace, diversity, innovation, technological development, a scientific culture, social responsibility, an entrepreneurial spirit and permanent education.
The president said that he was basing his approach on goals of a new education suggested by the U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.
Solís delivered his remarks before other heads of state in Veracruz, México. The session was the opening of the 24th Iberian Summit. Casa Presidencial released a summary of his remarks.
Solís said that he seeks an education to include all social groups to form a person not only competent but also sensible and caring.
The new education, he said, would take into account groups that have traditionally faced discrimination, such as the handicapped, natives, women and migrants.
Not clear was how he would achieve these goals.
But he did say that the urgency was to have a massive coverage of education in infancy and an education of quality at the secondary level. He said that native populations, migrants, women. young people who are victims of poverty and the handicapped experience exclusion that exceeded 80 percent.
He said he wanted students with the investigative spirit who are capable of resolving complex problems and to assume critical positions against the assumed truths.
The U.N. recommendations are an education incorporating content on critical themes such as climate change, biodiversity, the creation of adequate educational environments, the development of critical thought and the adoption of collaborative decision-making.
“A new education requires in addition a redefinition of the concept of teacher who not only is an educator who instructs but one who inspires,” said Solís.
He, himself, is a university professor.
The U.N. agency has an Education for All program and also one called Education for Sustainable Development. This last requires far-reaching changes in the way education is often practiced today, the agency said.