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

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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.

    Nov 21 2014


    Yes, it’s true. A higher percentage of girls than boys obtain passes in the regional Caribbean Secondary Education Council/CSEC Examinations (used as a secondary school leaving exam) in most subject areas. However, in key subjects such as mathematics, more than half of all Jamaican candidates failed in 2013, regardless of sex. Though boys underperform in relation to girls, what is clear is that both boys and girls show low levels of academic achievement and have room for improvement. Therefore, the education system should be striving for excellence for all. Read more…

    Nov 12 2014

    Not long ago, schools in Belize’s wealthiest communities received up to twenty times more public resources per students than other schools. The financing of secondary education was a mishmash of grants and transfers from different sources. The most important resource transfers to schools were grants to pay teachers. Unfortunately, by not having limits in place for what subject areas would be publicly funded, over time some schools in more affluent and influential urban areas had come to offer very broad and sophisticated curricula. Read more…

    Nov 7 2014


    British researchers have concluded that Math formulas can give our brains the same type of pleasure as music or art.  With the 2014 World Science Day approaching, I can’t help but reflect on how we could get our students to experience this type of pleasure from Math and Science. Recent scores from the regional standardized achievement test, PISA, tell us loud and clear that the bulk of our students don’t find Math and Science beautiful. Read more…

    Oct 30 2014

    * By Justine Stewart and Cynthia Hobbs

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    Did you know that approximately 1 in 10 students drop out of secondary school in Jamaica? Each of these students has a unique story to tell. Although economic models often assume that individuals are homogenous and rational decision makers, in this case the individuals, disengaged students on the brink of dropping out, have varying emotional needs that impact their choices. This fact doesn’t counter the traditional economic models, rather it highlights that models need to capture the emotional aspects of students’ decision making. Read more…

    Oct 23 2014


     *Authors: Catalina Covacevich – Marcelo Pérez Alfaro


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    There are many different organizations that participate in the discussion and propose solutions and interventions in education. The first participants that come to our mind are the national and local governments, schools, families and universities. But… there is an actor who is usually hidden but is often present: The civil society. Organized citizens are essential to present topics in public debate and also for the proposal and implementation of solutions, as they can help to implement changes beyond the specific terms of the government.

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