In the guidelines for its Local Public Policies, Rosario has, for over 15 years, been committed to the principles and values established in the Chart of the International Association of Educating Cities.
Rosario became a member of the IAEC in 1996, and has played an outstanding role since that year, when the Educating Cities Committee for the Southern Hemisphere was created for the main purpose of organizing territorial and thematic networks between cities in Brazil, Paraguay, Chile, Uruguay, Bolivia and Argentina through the exchange of educational experiences.
In 1999, the Committee for Latin America of the IAEC was formally constituted. The committee is based in Rosario’s International Relations Department and reports to the International Association of Educating Cities’ General Secretariat of the Municipality of Barcelona.
At present, the IAEC’s Committee for Latin America has a total of 60 member cities located in 12 countries in the region and organizes its activities through territorial networks and thematic networks organized on the basis of the proposals submitted by the member-cities themselves.
In that year, the city became member of the IAEC’s Executive Committee, and has been part to said committee to this date. In 2001, Rosario was elected for the Vice-presidency of the Association, position that holds up to the present.
Throughout its participation as a member of the IAEC, Rosario has fostered the publishing of several publications, among others, the most outstanding were: “Youth Policies in Latin America, innovative local experiences” in 2005; “Cultural and sports actions as tools for the integral development of persons in Educating Cities”, in 2009 and “Environmental problems in Educating Cities”, in 2011.
In relation to the International Congresses of Educating Cities, Rosario has attended all the congresses that have taken place since the date in which it became a member of the Association. The participation in the following Congresses is particular worth mentioning: Sao Paulo Congress
(2008), Guadalajara (2010) and Changwon (2012) where a specific stand was mounted in order to promote the Educating Policies of the Municipality of Rosario and the actions carried out as part of the responsibilities of the IAEC’s Committee for Latin America.
In addition, the following International Seminars have been coordinated from the Committee: “Educating City and local governance”, which took place in Rosario (2008 and 2012); Quito and Medellín (2008); Santa Cruz de la Sierra (2009); Chacao (2010); Guadalajara (2011); Paysandú and Morón (2012); Godoy Cruz (2013).
At local level, in 2012, the city of Rosario established the “Educating Cities Local Board”, whose purpose is to continue fostering the principles of the Charter of Educating Cities in Local Public Policies.
That same year, in September 2012, Rosario hosted the First Argentine Meeting of Educating Cities, which convened 36 local governments representing cities all over the country. And in September 2013, Rosario hosted the First Latin American Meeting of Educating Cities, attended by representatives of 35 cities of 9 countries of the region.