On April 23, three students traveled to Santiago, Chile to speak at the Forum of the Countries of Latin America and the Caribbean on Sustainable Development, where members of government, multilateral organizations, the private sector, and the social sector came together to discuss how to advance Latin America and the Caribbean toward achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals for 2030.
Organized by Enseñá por Argentina, Enseña Chile, Enseña Ecuador, and Teach For All, the event provided a platform for these students to share their personal experiences with education. Enseña Chile’s CEO Tomás Recart provided the event’s opening remarks, highlighting the need for collective leadership (and the leadership of students in particular) to attain the quality education for all children that SDG 4 aims for. Bárbara Fuentecilla, 20, from Argentina; Aldo Ghersi Catalán, 17, from Chile; and Katherine Cachimuel, 18, from Ecuador each presented their perspectives in the session The Voice of the Student: What do students have to say about their role in advancing toward achieving quality education for all? Later, they participated in a panel moderated by Enseña Chile’s former COO Tomás Vergara, in which they offered ideas for how governments and communities can provide quality education for all students.
Watch videos of the students' presentations below, followed by a reflection by Bárbara Fuentecilla: