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  • This blog is written by specialists from the Education Division of the Inter-American Development Bank. Its objective is to provide arguments and ideas that will spark debate about how to transform education in Latin America and the Caribbean. This blog is a call to action for the reader. An idea, a project, or a question can make a difference.
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    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.

    Jul 22 2014

    ♦ By Cynthia Hobbs and Stefan Wright*

    Cynthia Keefa and StefanSmall

    Cynthia Hobbs, Stefan Wright, and Harris Keefa visiting the construction site of the Marriott Courtyard Hotel in New Kingston. 

    Sometimes one opportunity can change a person’s life. That seems to be the case for Mr. Keefa Harris of Kingston, Jamaica. Keefa received training in steel work under an IDB-funded Citizen Security & Justice Program. His interest and dedication set him apart as a star participant.

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    Jul 15 2014

    * By Catalina Covacevich

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    Source: Catalina Covacevich

    Children formally learn to read in first grade. However, this is not achieved overnight. Instead it requires the mastery of pre-reading skills that begin to develop in the first months of life. For that reason, we should promote these skills before entering school. In that way, we can improve the reading ability of students.

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    Jul 8 2014


    Girls outperform boys in high school and are more likely to persist in and graduate from college and earn graduate degrees. To understand why this is happening, new research by DiPrete and Buchmann suggests you need to look no further than 8th grade grades.

    Girls start school more ready to learn than boys. By kindergarten, girls are substantially more attentive, eager to learn, persistent, empathetic, flexible and independent than boys. They also are better behaved . As this gap in social and behavior widens throughout elementary school, important gaps in learning begin to appear. By 8th grade, almost half of all girls receive a mix of A’s and B’s or better. This compared to about a third of all boys. The A’s and B’s most likely will graduate from college; the B’s and C’s likely will not. The A’s and B’s will likely have greater success in the labor market and bring home a larger share of the family bacon. Read more…

    Jul 2 2014


    In a country known better for its love of football than of fútbol, the 2014 World Cup has been a ratings smash. And although Team USA’s run may have come to an end yesterday, many are hailing this World Cup as a big win for US soccer.  The first three US games against Ghana, Portugal and Germany have become the top three most-viewed soccer matches in US history.  The stats are not yet in for yesterday’s game against Belgium, but if the crowds gathered and offices shuttered are any indication, you can bet that the highly anticipated qualifying match also garnered a historic viewership. Read more…

    Jun 26 2014


    In my last blog, I commented on the complexities of everyday life and how the quest for the marshmallow can be seen as a bit fairytale-like. That got me thinking about fairy tales. Especially about fairytales and girls, and what all of this means for educating and launching girls into the women we hope and expect them to be.

    We live in a world of princesses. They reign supreme. They are ubiquitous. On clothes, lunchboxes, notebooks, TV, in the movies and in our homes. Our girls have become princesses, much more than figuratively, and so much so that princess and girl have become synonymous. But isn’t this just what make girls girls? Harmless and cute, and something they will grow out of? Maybe. Read more…