Paraguay’s draft amendment to the Education Agreement with Europe

The source added that Secretary of State Ruben Ramírez presented to several lawmakers a draft of the document, which was amended for approval by Congress, in contrast to the original version that was received at the beginning of the month with the aim of canceling the treaty law with the bloc.

Parliamentarians and conservatives who have been studying for months the proposal to cancel the treaty under which the European Union grants Asuncion $38 million to finance educational changes, have long delayed the discussion to suppress it, in anticipation of the material damage that would be caused to the sector linked to this decision. . .

ABC Color explains that the lack of funds that canceling the agreement set out in the original project would leave tens of thousands of students without food for snacks and study materials.

The new document, which has already received half a sentence in the House of Representatives, seeks to amend Law No. 6659/2000, which institutionally supports the agreement between the European Union and Paraguay for the Education Support Programme, and whose alleged tendency has been questioned by critical groups and authorities. Against sovereignty.

The newspaper notes that one of the major changes introduced in this latest version indicates that the international agreement, which was initially called “Supporting the Transformation of the Educational System in Paraguay,” will now be called “Supporting the Strengthening of the Educational System in Paraguay.” “Paraguay”…

The new project claims that the resources provided by the European Union are invested in measures that strengthen educational policy in the field of learning, writing, communication, development of logical, mathematical and scientific thinking, and support for food and school supplies.

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The updated draft proposal ensures that all provisions and annexes of the Convention will respond to the relevant provisions of the national constitution and the stipulations of Article 48 regarding “equality of rights between men and women.”

EU contributions to the education sector are being challenged by governmental and legislative sectors and by educational unions, organizations and families of students who consider such foreign donations to be harmful to national sovereignty and the physical, mental and spiritual integrity of children.

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