A NEW PROPOSAL IS INITIATED


The IV Latin American Seminar on Private Education was held in San José de Costa Rica in July 1989. On that occasion, the members of the Executive Committee of FAEPLA had the opportunity to meet the representatives of two private educational entities from the United States and the European Community -John Pucciano (AICS) and Alvaro Fernández (CADEICE) respectively- in order to decide on the creation of an international organization which would act as representative of private education all over the world.
The "Declaration of San José" was the expression of that will and served as Foundational Act.




DECLARATION OF SAN JOSE

In the city of San José de Costa Rica, basis of an Inter-American Agreement, now a continental landmark, we, the representatives of Private Education of Latin America, North America and West Europe meet, promoting the respect for the liberties and rights of people, with the purpose of constituting an entity which summons our efforts in a joint task, having as objectives:
• To defend worldwide the inalienable right of men to freely select the education most suitable to their own convictions, as a fundamental condition to ensure their happiness and realizations;
• To encourage the enforcement and development of legislation that warrants the respect for freedom of education in every country;
• To support the creation of Federations or Associations of free entities in every continent, summoning them to joint this task.
• To foster quality and excellence in education throughout the world.


WHEREFORE, by virtue of the unanimously expressed intentions of the representatives of Continental Federations present for this act, and under the necessity of this historic instance, we do resolve to summon these people to the creation of the World Confederation of Private Education (COMEP) to enforce the aforementioned principles. In San José de Costa Rica, during the VII Latin American Seminar of Private Education summoned by FAEPLA, on this third day of the month of August of the year one thousand, nine hundred and eighty-nine.



UNESCO (OREALC) AND COMEP SIGNED A LETTER OF INTENTION

UNESCO, through its Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean (OREALC) with COMEP understand that: “Education is a universal right which should ensure people’s access to healthy lifestyles and sustainable, which is to the full development of human personality and strengthen respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms by promoting understanding, tolerance and friendship among all nations and all ethnic or regional groups. That is the duty of society as a whole, promoting quality education for all citizens of the world, That Article 26 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, promotes the right of parents to participate in the education of their children,... ”


Therefore, on November 11th of 2011 in Santiago, Chile, UNESCO (OREALC) and COMEP have signed a Letter of Intention in order to confirm the commitment to continue working on the post to ensure the universal right to education is quality for all citizens of the world being a superlative importance for the purposes outlined by the World Confederation of Private Education (COMEP) for the current year.


It is also important to mention that the signing of this letter to our Confederation opens great potential as a strategic partner to work directly in line with UNESCO and its Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean (OREALC).



UNESCO ESTABLISH AN OFFICIAL PARTNERSHIP WITH COMEP

The United Nations Organization for Education, Science and Culture (UNESCO) through the letter of reference DG/7/15/8962 dated October 30, 2015, signed by the Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, announce that it has decided to establish an official partnership (consultatite status) between UNESCO and the World Confederation of Private Education (COMEP), in accordance with the Directives concerning UNESCO┬┤S partnership with non-governmental organizations, adopted by the General Conferenci at is 36th session.

As the Director-General said, “Cooperation between UNESCO and COMEP has solid foundation, base on areas of common interest, synergies and previous collaborations, as witnessed by the regular participation of COMEP in conferences organized by the UNESCO Office in Santiago.”

This is the most important recognition for COMEP since was born on November 16, 1989 when he has not stopped working on what has become his motto: “While there are citizens in the world who do not have access to a quality education, our task is unfinished.”

Foundational meeting, san José de Costa Rica, 1989: Alvaro Fernández Martinez (Spain) - PRESIDENT OF THE ASSOCIATION OF AUTONOMOUS CENTERS OF PRIVATE EDUCATION, ACADE-, JOHN PUCCIANO (USA) -PRESIDENT OF THE NORTH AMERICAN AND CANADIAN ASSOCIATION OF PRIVATE EDUCATION-, Luis R. Piñeiro (Puerto Rico) -PRESIDENT OF THE PRIVATE EDUCATION COMMISSION OF COSTA RICA- and Edgardo N. De Vincenzi (Argentina)

COMEP representatives with the Minister of Education of Argentina, Antonio Salonia: President, Edgardo N. De Vincenzi and Vicepresident for Latin American and Caribbean, José Aurelio de Camargo; for North America, John Pucciano and for the European Community, Alvaro Fernández Martínez.


On November 16th., 1989, COMEP was constituted definitely. A draft copy of its Body of Laws was approved and its Promoting Committee was confirmed to manage the entity until the selection of the First Executive Committee.