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Consolidating quality lifelong education; teacher training; the role of educators in imparting knowledge within society; information and communication technologies; the school-family-community relationship; and artistic and aesthetic education, were some of the topics addressed by almost 200 delegates from June 20-23 during the 1st International Junior High School Workshop entitled “For an inclusive school.”
With the aim of becoming a platform to exchange experiences in the process of perfecting education at this level, and as part of efforts to fulfill the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda, the event – which took place in Havana’s International Conference Center and was organized by Cuba’s Ministry of Education in collaboration with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)  – brought together experts from Angola. Mexico, Ecuador, Brazil, Colombia, El Salvador, Puerto Rico, the United States, Saint Lucia, Ecuadorian Guinea, and Panama.
In regards to Cuba, there are currently 359,507 students enrolled in 1,180 Junior High Schools across the island, with efforts focused on promoting the development of scientific-investigative thought in keeping with the patriotic, civic and humanist ideals of a socialist society.
Held during the final day of the event – which featured pre-workshop courses, conferences, and symposiums – was a special panel discussion entitled: “For inclusive, equal, and quality education, and the Contribution of UNESCO Associated Schools in Cuba to Sustainable development.