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    Educating Haiti


    Las opiniones expresadas en este blog son las del autor y no necesariamente reflejan las opiniones del Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo, sus directivas, la Asamblea de Gobernadores o sus países miembros.

    The views expressed in this blog are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Inter-American Development Bank, its Management, its Board of Executive Directors or its member Governments.

    Oct 16 2014

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    Over the course of the last five years, I have been working on a project to measure child development outcomes in four countries in Latin America. This may not sound like that big of a deal, or even that necessary. But it is. On both accounts.

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    Oct 9 2014

    * By Anouk Ewald

    Foto Haiti

    Haiti and Finland Signature of Memorandum of Understanding in furtherance of education quality

    One, a woman from the Northern colds of developed Europe. The other, a man from the warmth of the sunny but developing Caribbean. What can they possibly have in common? What are they talking about? That’s what we wondered while seeing the two of them sitting together, engaged in an animated discussion as if they were old friends, but surprisingly they had only met just a few minutes ago.

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    Oct 2 2014


     By Hugo Ñopo @hugonopo and Fernando Fernandez @ffernandezbazan

    In our cities we often hear that we have “the best educated cab drivers of the world.” As a matter of fact, a while ago in Lima, a taxi driver who’s also a friend said mischievously: “But Doctor, you should know that taxi drivers here are more cultivated than a yogurt.”

    The statistics confirm that our  friend  is right. In Peru, the National Household Survey (ENAHO for its acronym in Spanish) reveals that 25% of workers whose occupation is “motor vehicle driver” has a university degree. Is that a requirement to become a driver? Well, among drivers with  tertiary education, one out of four studied mechanics. One could argue that, in this case, the field of study and the occupation are related. But what is the second most common profession among drivers with tertiary education? The answer to this question is precisely the topic of this blog entry, aimed at commemorating the Teachers’ International Day. One out of seven drivers of motor vehicles with tertiary education majored in Education.

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    Sep 30 2014
    Teacher-Student June 2013

    Student participating in a Flexible Education Program in Honduras thanks his teacher

    Do you know of any exceptional educators who have made a difference in the lives of children and the school community? Now is your opportunity to give back! Nominations for the Global Teacher Prize by the Varkey GEMS Foundation are being accepted until October 5, 2014 and many have already being received from around the world. The prize is $1 million!

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    Sep 25 2014

    * By Catalina Covacevich


    In January 2014, 7 year-old Charlotte Benjamin wrote to the Lego corporation, disappointed by the role of female characters in the company’s playsets. In her letter, she said that although she loves playing with Legos, she doesn’t like that there are more “Lego boys” than there are “Lego girls”. She also pointed out that “Lego girls” are always sitting in their houses without meaningful work, or going to the beach or on shopping trips. Meanwhile, “Lego boys” get to go on adventures, have interesting jobs, save people, and even swim with sharks! Charlotte wrapped up her letter with the following words: “make more ‘Lego girls’ and allow them to go on adventures and enjoy themselves, ok?”

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