UNITED NATIONS EDUCATIONAL, SCIENTIFIC AND CULTURAL ORGANIZATION
STUDY ON THE TRANSITION FROM PRIMARY TO SECONDARY EDUCATION IN ECUADOR
Coordination and technical support
Office of UNESCO Quito, Representation for Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador and Venezuela
This study on the “Transition from Primary to Secondary Education in Ecuador” is partof an international research effort pursued by the Division of Education and Learning from the Basic to Higher Level in the Education Sector at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, with the participation of several UNESCO Offices. The study was conducted in the following countries: Ecuador, Malawi, Nepal, Vietnam and Yemen.
The study was coordinated in Ecuador by the Quito UNESCO Office, which is theRepresentation for Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador and Venezuela, and was conducted by two independent researchers: Francisco Enríquez-Bermeo and Carlos Crespo-Burgos, both of whom have ample experience in the field of social and educational research.
UNESCO Quito would like to express our special appreciation to the Ministry of Education of Ecuador for their ongoing collaborationto conduct the national study, particularly Dr. Gloria Vidal-Illingworth, Minister of Education; Dr. Pablo Cevallos-Estarellas, Vice Minister of Education; economist Daniela Araujo, Coordinator-General of Planning and Dr. Cristina Fabara, Director of Information and Evaluation.
We must also thank VVOB, the Flemish Development Cooperation Agency, for their support.
The researchers areresponsible for the contents of this report. The opinions expressed herein to not necessarily represent those of UNESCO, so they entail no liability for the Organization.
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STUDY ON THE TRANSITION FROM PRIMARY TO SECONDARY EDUCATION IN ECUADOR (7th to 8th years of Basic Education)
Reports monitoring the Goals of Education for All, as well as other international research on coverage and completion of studies, show that there is a major gap in thetransition from primary to secondary (7th to 8th years of Basic Education in the case of Ecuador), with a considerable drop-off in registration and continuation of studies.
The overall purpose of this study is to systematize information that may be useful to strengthen countries’ policies and actions to narrow this gap and ensure that the entire school population can complete their studies, aswell as enhancing educational quality during this period.
For this reason, the UNESCO Office in Quito, which is the Representation for Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador and Venezuela, is pleased to present the report on Ecuador, trusting that this will inform decision-making by the Ministry of Education and other public and private entities to ensure the right for the entire population to access andcomplete their studies.
The study addresses an array of topics, such as: an analysis of the situation in relation to passing from 7th to 8th year of Basic Education; review of policies, strategies and programs adopted to favor inclusion of girl and boy children into the educational system; students’ prospects for completing their secondary studies; and the study also contributes policy and...