New York City, NY | March 5-8, 2014
Reforming the Education System of Latin America
The UN has taken a particular interest in improving education, noting how it can serve as a catalyst for economic improvement, political stability, and social equality. The educational standards of many school within the Latin American educational systems specifically, along with the inequalities that still trouble many populations of the region, have stifled their achievement of the Education for All (EFA) campaign goals before the approaching deadline. The growing importance of Latin America—in terms of globalization and international relations—warrants the attention and action of the international community to help reform the education systems in the region. While each country has its own unique education system, the region as a whole could benefit from the restructuring and refining of its current systems. Tackling these issues is key to the overall improvement of Latin America’s education system and its ultimate wellbeing, allowing for the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to take direct action in the region.
Protecting Endangered Languages
The United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has stated that all languages in the world contribute to the development and identity of each global citizen, define the perimeters of their cultural identity, and distinguish them from others around them. A growing issue is that of languages becoming endangered and eventually becoming extinct. Recent reports estimate that the total number of languages in the world today stands at around 6,000; of that number, between 60% and 90% of these are expected to go extinct within the next century. The majority of today’s languages hold a place on the list of endangered languages, primarily due to shifts in demographics and overall global trends that have thrown off the balance of languages used around the world. Studies show that around 94% of the world’s population speaks 347 languages, which only makes up 5% of languages in the world. As cultural heritage is a primary concern for UNESCO, it is the committee’s responsibility to see that this issue is addressed to prevent the degradation of human culture and language around the world.
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