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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.

    May 23 2016

    Written by: Emiliana Vegas

    Education is a high-priority issue for the Pacific Alliance. The heads of state of the member countries —Colombia, Chile, Mexico and Peru — have recognized that investing in education is key to consolidate this platform and work toward the development of their economies. With this conviction in mind, a dialogue has been initiated between these nations and the international community to exchange experiences and identity factors that can assure young men and women’s transition from school to the labor market.

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    May 12 2016

    Written by Aimee Verdisco

    On May 15th the world celebrates families. And how not to if they provide security and stability. To cite one of my daughter’s favorite books, Big Words for Little People: “Family is where we all belong. Keeping us safe, making us strong.” And research agrees. When asked in surveys around the world what makes people happy, family and meaningful relationships are at the top of the list. Consistently… Everywhere.

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    May 5 2016

    By Mercedes Mateo-Berganza

    Malala Yousafzai, the young Pakistani girl awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014, called education a “precious gift” we give to the younger generations. This is perhaps even truer for young girls. In recent years, major initiatives such as Let Girls Learn – led by The White House and First Lady Michelle Obama – have been launched to create awareness and improve the state of girls’ education around the world. Read more…

    Apr 28 2016

    Written by Elena Arias-Ortiz and João Marcelo Borges

    With the energy of an 18-year old, Valeria Ferreira Moreira wakes up at 5 a.m. everyday to go to the gym. By 8 a.m., she arrives to her office at a real estate firm where she is working her first job. “I am really happy! Before, I had to go my internship in the morning, then I had school in the afternoon followed by my business administration course through the Apprentice Program (Programa Aprendiz). After 12 months, I was promoted to my current position and signed a real contract, which gives me access to formal employment and benefits.”

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    Apr 22 2016

    Written by Javier Luque

    The New York Times published an article titled “A sea of change in heart attack treatment”  describing a decline of 38% in the death rate from coronary disease among Americans. Surprisingly, this was achieved without new medical discoveries, no new technologies, no payment incentives, and little public notice. The answer: a series of changes in procedures that slashed the time it took to clear a blockage in a patient’s arteries and get blood flowing again. Additionally, the decline was observed  both in elite hospitals and the poorest medical centers. Read more…