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Sep 22 2016
I recently visited a rural school and in a first grade class I met Miguel, a six-year old. While I was there, his teacher asked him to come to the board to solve a math problem and he began to smile nervously while looking to his classmates, asking for help. His peers tried to give him some hints but they could not help him. At the end of the lesson, Miguel’s teacher explained to me that he was behind in comparison with his peers: they had all attended pre-school but Miguel had just recently started formal schooling. This is a story that we often encounter in classrooms across Latin America and the Caribbean. How can we ensure that children in the region enter school prepared to learn?
Sep 15 2016
by María Soledad Bos and Alison Elias
How do you imagine the school of your dreams? What kind of spaces does it have? These are some of the questions that a group of architects asked students from the Aurelia Rojas school in La Pintana neighborhood of Santiago, Chile. Their answers came in the form of drawings and sketches, right before school renovations began. What do you get when the community is consulted and their needs considered before designing and renovating school spaces?
Sep 8 2016
by Horacio Álvarez Martinelli
Fifty years ago the first “World Literacy Day” was celebrated, a day dedicated by UNESCO to reinforce the commitment of governments and societies around the world to eradicating illiteracy and strengthen education as a path to better living conditions for everyone. Have we kept that commitment? Read more…
Aug 26 2016
Written by Cristina Aziz Dos Santos and Francisca Petrovich Ursic (Fundación Chile)
The eyes of Lillian Muñoz, the principal of a school in the town of Talhuan in rural Chile, carefully followed the explanation given by Professor Fox. She was amazed by his experience mobilizing students to address the issue of water quality in New York City through a project-based learning initiative. Inspired, she decided to replicate Mr. Fox’s experience in the form of a challenge in her own school: How to get rid of the dumpster next to their school building? And more importantly, how was she to motivate students to come up with innovative solutions to the problem that incorporated knowledge from all of their subjects? Read more…
Aug 11 2016
by Rafael Contreras
When she was only 17 years old, Malala Yousafzai was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. By age 15, Liza Yaroshenko was already a renowned activist for the rights of HIV-positive individuals in her native Ukraine. By 22, Camilo Jimenez had founded the ECOPUNTOS initiative to work towards a greener Colombia through recycling. The world is full of countless examples of the huge potential that young people have to be agents of change. After all, if there’s something special about youth is their ability to alter the status quo and spread their messages through media like social network, arts, and sports. However, if their efforts are to be truly maximized, young people must be supported by an education that empowers them and opens up spaces for their active participation.