In a presentation entitled “Vision of Latin America and the Caribbean: Education for Structural Change and Equality,” Bárcena underscored the need to link the educational system more closely with the labor market since employment in Latin America and the Caribbean is concentrated in sectors that are low in productivity and also pay low wages.
In this sense, she called on countries to improve the quality of higher education and develop other alternatives to post-secondary non-university education, especially considering that the region shows a major imbalance between labor supply and demand.
On Wednesday, the senior United Nations official gave a presentation on economic growth and social inclusion at the Civil Society and Social Actors Forum. The event—inaugurated by President Varela and the Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza—also included the participation of former U.S. President Bill Clinton.
“We must substitute the dynamic of extraction for a culture of sustainability,” Bárcena said, advocating that social pacts be forged to carry out the various structural transformations that Latin American and Caribbean countries need. She specifically mentioned fiscal and labor pacts and broad accords in the productive sector and regarding investment, in addition to making progress on the governance of natural resources. via | ECLAC