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Barranquilla (Colombia) hosts UNESCO regional forum on the right to education for people in mobility situations

• The meeting will analyze national and regional strategies and possibilities for cooperation to guarantee the right to education for people in these situations. Additionally, participants, representatives from Ministries of Education from 15 countries, will discuss existing evidence to support coordination among countries in Latin America and the Caribbean.

• Join the plenary sessions of this forum through the YouTube channel of the Regional Bureau for Education in Latin America and the Caribbean (OREALC/UNESCO Santiago) at


6 June 2023


What progress and actions are countries and educational actors making to guarantee the right to education for migrants, displaced persons, and refugees? Which of these experiences can be adapted and implemented in other countries in the region? In its third edition, the regional forum "Education Beyond Borders, Regional Solidarity for the Guarantee of the Right to Education" seeks to recognize initiatives and policies undertaken to provide a coordinated educational response that benefits over 14.8 million people in mobility situations in the region.

The event will take place in person from June 7 to 9, 2023, at the Universidad del Norte in Barranquilla (Colombia) with online streaming of the plenary sessions.

This regional forum has been conceived as a platform for sharing experiences in solidarity, reflecting on lessons learned, and assessing their potential for adaptation and scalability in the region. During the event, participants will identify areas of cooperation regarding the educational inclusion of students in human mobility and provide significant information and evidence to strengthen coordination and cooperation mechanisms among countries in the region. Its objective is to support countries in addressing and guaranteeing the right to education for people in situations of human mobility in the region.

Ministers of Education from the region, national educational authorities responsible for the educational response to the population in mobility, experts, and representatives from United Nations agencies from 15 countries will attend the event. Representatives from academia and civil society actors, particularly organizations working with refugees, migrants, youth, women, and those involved in the educational response in the region, will also be present.

The host institution is Universidad del Norte, in the city of Barranquilla (Colombia). The forum is held within the framework of the Multi-Year Resilience Program (MYRP) of Education Cannot Wait and has the generous support of the Regional Education Group and the Government of Canada. The forum takes place thanks to cooperation with the Ministry of National Education of Colombia and the Education Secretariat of Barranquilla.