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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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    Lead Education Specialist
    Alejandro MorduchowiczAlejandro Morduchowicz
    Education Lead Specialist
    Marcelo Pérez AlfaroMarcelo Pérez Alfaro
    Lead Education Specialist
    Jennelle ThompsonJennelle Thompson
    Senior Education Specialist
    Carlos HerranCarlos Herran
    Lead Education Specialist
    Javier LuqueJavier Luque
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    Senior Communications Specialist
    Lauren ConnLauren Conn
    Julien HautierJulien Hautier
    Education Specialist
    Aimee VerdiscoAimee Verdisco
    Education Lead Specialist
    Elena Arias OrtizElena Arias Ortiz
    Education Senior Associate
    Ryan BurgessRyan Burgess
    Specialist at the Education Division
    Cynthia HobbsCynthia Hobbs
    Senior Education Specialist

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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.

    Aug 31 2015

    Written by Claudia Piras*

    niñas con altura

    My daughter was 11 when we visited my family in Buenos Aires that year. One afternoon, as she does in Washington, she went with her cousins to play soccer in a nearby field. On her return, she told us surprised, rather proud, that the boys could not believe she knew how to play and that even some of them had approached to ask her where she came from. For Veronica, that moment on the field with a group of unknown boys became the most memorable anecdote of the trip. Read more…

    Aug 20 2015


    Have you ever thought that one out of every five girls you know could be a victim of sexual violence? We were at a friend’s house this weekend, and we started a heated discussion about a topic that has been a lot in the press lately: rapes and sexual assault in university campuses in the US. One of the striking findings that comes out of the report of the White House is that almost 22 million girls, and another 1.6 million boys would have been raped during their lifetimes. We suddenly looked at each other, counted and realized that, statistically, there was a strong chance that this could happen to one of our babies. Imagine: just one out of five girls. The thing is, 98 percent of perpetrators are male. Read more…

    Aug 13 2015

    el niño

    El Nino is coming, El Nino will have a strong impact… These are some the headlines of many newspapers in Latin America and the Caribbean. The media usually discusses whether governments are investing enough to mitigate possible natural disasters caused by El Nino in the short term. Yet, they rarely talk about how this phenomenon can impact child development, and they almost never mention how can this phenomenon or climate, in general, affect educational outcomes.
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    Aug 6 2015
    aimee bolivia 1

    FCP students at La Guardia, along with their Professor of Crop Jhobana Veizaga, FCP; Emiliana Vegas, Head of the Education Division, IDB; Aimee Verdisco, Education Specialist, IDB Bolivia; Alvaro Puente, Executive Director FCP, and Gerard Raessens, Head of Environmental Management FCP.

    The smiles and curious faces of young people of the Agricultural College Foundation at Colonia Pirai (FCP) in Santa Cruz, greeted me warmly. They are students who are part of a project that is improving the lives of the residents of a region almost forgotten: the green and quality land of eastern Bolivia. Read more…

    Jul 27 2015

    Written by Claudia Piras

    amor del bueno 4

    Elena is 16 years old. She is finishing secondary education, and she lives in an environment of domestic violence. In addition to her mother and brother (her father emigrated for work), six more relatives live at home. She has a poor relationship with her aunt and her uncle had beaten her mother. Hence, Elena does not like to be at home, and admits that she goes to parties and drinks alcohol more than once in a week to forget her problems. She had a boyfriend, very jealous and controlling, who would not let her talk to other boys. Despite all this, she says that she has never experienced violence. Read more…