OAS Becomes General Secretariat of Virtual Educa, a GFDD and FUNGLODE partner institutionJune 6, 2011
The Organization of American States (OAS) has become the General Secretariat of Virtual Educa. GFDD and FUNGLODE are the proud regional hosts of the Caribbean Chapter of Virtual Educa, and as NGO affiliates to the OAS, identify themselves with the aims of the multilateral organization.
This action was made possible by an amendment to the Framework Agreement Virtual Educa signed in
December 2003 between the OAS, the SEGIB Ibero-American Cooperation Secretariat, the “Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia” (UNED) and Virtual Educa. It was signed by the Director of the OAS Department of Human Development, Education and Culture, Marie E. Levens, and the Secretary General of Virtual Educa, José María Antón.
The initiative will allow the non-Spanish speaking Member States of
the OAS to benefit from the different programs that have been promoted in recent years through the Multilateral Initiative on Education for Human Development (IMEDH), which promotes developments in education in Latin America and the Caribbean from an innovative and inclusive perspective.
Furthermore, it will promote joint work between the OAS, Virtual Educa, the Latin American Parliament (PARLATINO), the Union of Universities of Latin America and the
Caribbean or UDUAL, the Global Foundation for Democracy and Development(GFDD) and Fundación Global Democracia y Desarrollo (FUNGLODE).
The OAS and Virtual Educa seek to implement this greater inter-American cooperation through future initiatives in education to be announced at the XII International Meeting of Virtual Educa Mexico 2011, from June 20 to 24, 2011, and at the I Meeting Virtual Educa non-Hispanic Caribbean, to be held in Suriname in early
Virtual Educa promotes educational development addressing regional challenges on a range of topics, including Training for the labor market, Higher education and technology and Cooperation and innovation in educational systems, amongst others.