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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.
    Cynthia HobbsCynthia Hobbs
    Senior Education Specialist
    Aimee VerdiscoAimee Verdisco
    Education Lead Specialist
    Julien HautierJulien Hautier
    Education Specialist
    Carlos HerranCarlos Herran
    Lead Education Specialist
    Ryan BurgessRyan Burgess
    Specialist at the Education Division
    Javier LuqueJavier Luque
    Senior Education Specialist
    Marcelo Pérez AlfaroMarcelo Pérez Alfaro
    Lead Education Specialist
    María Soledad BosMaría Soledad Bos
    Education Specialist
    Emma Näslund-HadleyEmma Näslund-Hadley
    Lead Education Specialist
    Hugo ÑopoHugo Ñopo
    Lead Economist
    Elena Arias OrtizElena Arias Ortiz
    Education Senior Associate
    Lauren ConnLauren Conn
    Horacio ÁlvarezHoracio Álvarez
    Education Specialist
    Alejandro MorduchowiczAlejandro Morduchowicz
    Education Lead Specialist
    Jennelle ThompsonJennelle Thompson
    Senior Education Specialist
    Gádor ManzanoGádor Manzano
    Senior Communications Specialist
    Chief of the Education Division

    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.

    Feb 5 2016

     Written by Emiliana Vegas

    Gustavo Dudamel was five when he already had his own orchestra. He played a vinyl record with Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony on his father´s turntable, and waved his arms holding his baton —a piece of wire—, to conduct the dolls that he had carefully arranged around his grandmother´s courtyard. He was as passionate and enthusiastic as he is today conducting the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Read more…

    Jan 19 2016

    Written by Lina Zuluaga


    Every time that state or international exams results, such as PISA, are published, teachers are the first to be blamed by the public opinion for student’s weak performance. Their results still leave much to be desired, and although it is bad news for national education, it helps to highlight the issue in the public agenda. However, we need to go beyond the results: the test does not have the absolute truth. Limiting the definition of quality education to scores is narrow-minded. These data do not reveal the real outlook of Colombian or any other country’s education. Read more…

    Jan 8 2016

    Written by Anne Sofie OlsenHAITI19

    Since the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, the teachers and students from Externat la Providence School, in Port-au-Prince, have attended class in temporary facilities. Finally, we can say that those days are starting to be left behind thanks to the milestone we have reached of rebuilding this first school with anti-seismic design. Read more…

    Jan 5 2016

    Gender and education

    For several months, from the IDB Education Division, we have been holding the #Glassesoff campaign, which seeks to raise awareness on gender and education. Through it, we managed to approach the issue from different perspectives: listing numerous initiatives to raise awareness against stereotypes, presenting results on a Mexican program to prevent dating violence, establishing remarks on sexual violence, on how sport is an excellent tool to promote gender equality, and also noting how the biases in gender affect the labor market. As this issue has many edges, we decided to open the debate through a Twitter Chat with different institutions and a blog posts contest on the subject.
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    Dec 9 2015


    What if schools and policymakers were able to predict with a good deal of reliability the troublemakers and the success stories of tomorrow? What if this could be done at the time kids enter kindergarten and done in a cost-effective manner? Read more…