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

    May 19 2015
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    Summer program at Samuel Jackman Prescod Polytechnic (SJPP), “A Ganar” is used as an alternative entry program for students who failed the institutions entry examination

    Every year, throughout Latin-America and the Caribbean, hundreds of thousands of young people drop out of secondary schools. Most of them do so with limited skills, qualifications and experience to enter today’s competitive job market. Most of them (70% according to A-Ganar) end up “unattached” (outside school and unemployed). A Ganar works with these young  people and through an innovative program, which combines soccer, life skills and  job training, and  helps them become productive citizens and pursue their dreams.

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    May 5 2015

    prodigies and play low

    I’m sure this has happened to you. You’re hanging out with a group of friends and the conversation turns to your kids. Happens all the time, right? One of these friends then starts to monopolize the conversation. He insists that his child is a prodigy, advanced far beyond what average kids of the same age know and can do. One asks: so, how do you know? Among the – at this point, tedious – details, is that fact that his 4-year old is in a class for 5-6 year olds. Oh, we respond, as if it all makes sense. But does it? Read more…

    Apr 28 2015
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    Jose and friends at CCEPREB

    In the village of Rotepeque in Santa Barbara, Honduras, lives José. José is a five-year old who, in February 2013, began attending kindergarten. He goes to class very happy because he spends time playing. The decision of the family to enroll him was not easy. They wonder if it was important for him to play in kindergarten when he could be  playing at home and, on the other hand, they were affraid for him walking in the mountain for more than 30 minutes. Read more…

    Apr 15 2015

    By Paula Villaseñor*

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    In recent years, socio-emotional skills have become a topic of interest for the education sector, from the skills that are essential for the labor market to the attitudes that become shields of risk behaviors. The truth is that these skills have found more benefits than aloe vera.

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    Apr 8 2015

    There are films that can change your life. Or at least that’s what they say. So, to test this hypothesis in a practical, although slightly unorthodox way, I decided to ask my friends if there were any films that fitted this category. The answer was a resounding yes. Read more…