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

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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.

    Mar 1 2015

    By Jessica Belmont y Valeria Pacheco


    “To read is to travel in time.” This is one of the phrases that Yohanna, fourth grade teacher in the Dominican Republic, constantly repeats to her students. She knows that motivating them is key to improve their reading and writing skills. As a result, she implemented a class project called “The Traveler’s Book”, in which children borrow reading materials to take home. And what about math? She teaches them by playing and smiling, while she tells us: “With love, teaching is better.” Read more…

    Feb 22 2015


    Tests, tests and more tests.  And still, in many countries all around the world, students do not seem to be making the progress that is desired despite of all of the efforts.  All of these tests try to measure learning outcomes in key subjects such as language, mathematics and science but little attention is paid to the development of character, mindset and other non-technical skills that are key to success, not only in the school setting but later on in life.

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    Feb 12 2015


    In Latin American and the Caribbean, about 1 in every 5 youth aged 15-24 are neither in school nor in the workforce. This amounts to roughly 25 million young people whose situation is affecting not only their present and future earnings, motivation and self-esteem, but also their society’s economic outlook and well-being! Read more…

    Feb 4 2015

    Rise Up

    How many shades of green are there?  Mother Nature and Crayola would say thousands.  But the way the climate is changing, we might be coloring some regions in browns.  That’s why we have to protect the global environment.  But who can do such a task?  Well, all those little hands that draw those perfect pictures can also create great outdoor scenes: live ones; ones that move, grow and give back; ones that inspire little artists and keep us moving forward. Read more…

    Jan 24 2015

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    <Ruff, ruff>.    Look at Rocky, he is very nice and he loves to play with children.

    <Ruff, ruff>.  Rocky is hungry, so we are going to give him something to eat, here is his food.   Can you put 5 pieces of kibble in his plate, counting out loud one by one? Mmmm, yummy, he likes this food.

    <Ruff, ruff>.  Rocky wants some more.  This time, can you give him 10 pieces of kibble and count them out loud as you put them in his plate? Mmm, yum yum yum. Rocky is happy, his tummy is full, let’s put him over here to take a nap. Read more…