This is the political agenda of CLADE, agreed and approved by the VIII Assembly of the Latin American Campaign for the Right to Education, in 2014; the points below indicate the priority advocacy lines of CLADE for the next four years and are divided in two central themes: realization of education as a human right and strengthening of active and participatory democracy in countries across the region.
1) Realization of education as a fundamental human right
What do we want?
1. To promote the defense of public, free and secular education as a human right and as the responsibility of the State, through advocacy efforts on the normative and political frameworks in Latin America and the Caribbean, following-up to ensure that the State guarantees this right;
2. To advocate for the approval of the Post-2015 Education Agenda, grounded in a human rights perspective and for its further implementation;
3. To promote the defense of an inclusive education, overcoming all forms of discrimination and recognizing diversity, with special emphasis on gender equality, on the appreciation of afro descendant and indigenous cultures and on the needs of people with disabilities;
4. To promote human rights education and education for peace, underscoring countries in conflict, as well as violent events in education centers in Latin America and the Caribbean;
5. To advocate for public funding as a state policy, guaranteeing the realization of the human right to education on a sustained basis, strengthening the public education systems and ensuring regulatory mechanisms to control this;
6. To promote the defense of early childhood education as a fundamental human right and ensuring its realization;
7. To advocate for the political-pedagogical project of secondary education, recognizing youth cultures and students’ participation;
8. To promote the defense of Youth and Adult Education as a human right and to influence policies, highlighting the perspective of young people and adults.
9. To promote dignity for teachers’ work and their training, defending their pedagogical autonomy;
10. To promote the defense of free access to public higher education in Latin America and the Caribbean and its completion, recognizing cultures and knowledge of native people;
11. To deepen the political culture of reporting violations to the human right to education and mechanisms for justiciability to guarantee this right;
12. To democratize education administration, promoting the participation of all the members of the education community in decision-making processes.
2) Strengthening active and participatory democracies in Latin America and the Caribbean
What do we want?
13. To strengthen democratic culture and civil society capacity to advocate in national, regional and global spaces for shaping, monitoring and implementation of public policies that respond to the right to education framework;
14. To advocate for the creation, transformation and compliance with normative frameworks that promote social participation, including children, adolescents and young people, and citizens’ watch as part of the democratic exercise, opposing the criminalization of social groups and individuals;
15. To promote the articulation with social movements, particularly those pushing for the democratization of means of communication, counter-hegemonic proposals of social and political organization, and the financial and tax reforms in Latin America and the Caribbean tending to the redistribution of wealth.