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19 September 2022

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XXXVI Congress in Venezuela: Education is a Public Good. Better Education and Society for All (2005)




Fe y Alegría, faithful to its identity as a Popular Education Movement, believes that education is a powerful instrument of human development and a means of social transformation. It believes that education is a force for achieving a fair society, engaged citizenship and the full development of each and every person.


The topic of the 36th International Congress was “Education is a Public Good”.

The following objective was stated in the convocation (FIFyA 176):

  • From the experience of 50 years of Fe y Alegría, to reflect and dialogue on the construction of education and society from the poor, public education and public action in order to propose transformations in education and society.

Logo XXXVI Congreso Venezuela 2005

The Congress:

It was used a method that combined the study and discussion, in all countries, of the Initial Working Document (Annex to FIFYA 176), and the elaboration of contributions supported by the guide of questions it has. The contributions from the countries, resulting from this stage, were then integrated by the Commission appointed for the task, made up by  Antonio Pérez Esclarín, Joseba Lazcano, Luis Arancibia and Beatriz Borjas, with the support of the Executive Secretariat and the advice of the Federation’s Board of Directors. The Basic Document that was worked on at the Congress was then produced.

The Board of Directors, at its meeting in November 13th (FIFYA 184), agreed to appoint a Commission made up of Joseba Lazcano, Antonio Pérez Esclarín, Luis Arancibia and Beatriz Borjas, coordinated by Luis Carrasco, to incorporate the contributions produced at the Congress. The product of this work is the Final Document of the XXXVI Congress:  “Education is a Public Good. Better education and society for all”.

The last version of the Caracas Congress Document was revised and approved by the Board of Directors held in Cochabamba, Bolivia, on February 19th – 21st, 2006, and the final version of the Document was edited by the Executive Secretariat of the General Coordination Office of the Federation. You can find the final document below:

Following the recommendation of the Assembly to elaborate summarised versions, it was agreed to request the collaboration of FyA Venezuela in the person of Antonio Pérez Esclarín to elaborate, together with the Executive Secretariat of the Federation, a summary document of the Congress, which can be downloaded below:   Education is a Public Good.

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