Learning how to learn in your own language

Some mistakes are easy to remember and especially those you make in a language other than your own. Having grown up as a Swedish-speaking Finn, I remember clearly how during one of my first Finnish language classes, I told everyone “I am a ball” instead of “I have a ball”. While my story took place in Finland, my experience could resemble that of millions of children in the region who enter the education system in a language other than their own. How do we ensure that they, too, are given the opportunity to achieve their highest potential? (más…)

Innovating in education: is it all about technology?

Innovation is one of those words we hear everyday. And while we tend to associate it with the world of tech, startups and Silicon Valley’s companies, it is by no means a concept that belongs only in that field. Nor do all the new transformations that have an impact in people’s lives involve technology. In education, for instance, a wide range of innovative projects have emerged to accelerate the closing of learning and skills gap among children and youth in Latin America and the Caribbean. Yet, what really defines the most innovative and successful projects? (más…)

A thought on the education agenda for the future we want

The beginning of a new year always brings an opportunity to analyze what we have achieved so far and set our eyes on the future. In education, this could not be more true: 2016 ended with the publication of the results from the PISA 2015 assessments, a reminder of the urgency with which education systems in the region must accelerate the efforts to improve the quality of learning. Now, our agenda in 2017 starts with a look towards the future and a time to reflect and ask ourselves: what are the goals that guide the efforts of the region in education? (más…)

Extended school days: a new opportunity to improve learning

From Chile to Mexico, a wave of change is transforming education systems in Latin America and the Caribbean: double and triple school shifts are slowly disappearing and transitioning into extended school days in public schools. In the early years of modern education, schools started with single, extended school days. This trend was disrupted by the implementation of double shifts (morning and afternoon) that allowed a rapid incorporation of students into the system in response to population growth. However, it is worth asking: what has been the effect on learning? (más…)