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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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    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 26 2016

    Written by Cristina Aziz Dos Santos and Francisca Petrovich Ursic (Fundación Chile)

    The eyes of Lillian Muñoz, the principal of a school in the town of Talhuan in rural Chile, carefully followed the explanation given by Professor Fox. She was amazed by his experience mobilizing students to address the issue of water quality in New York City through a project-based learning initiative. Inspired, she decided to replicate Mr. Fox’s experience in the form of a challenge in her own school: How to get rid of the dumpster next to their school building? And more importantly, how was she to motivate students to come up with innovative solutions to the problem that incorporated knowledge from all of their subjects? Read more…

    Aug 11 2016

    by Rafael Contreras

    When she was only 17 years old, Malala Yousafzai was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. By age 15, Liza Yaroshenko was already a renowned activist for the rights of HIV-positive individuals in her native Ukraine. By 22, Camilo Jimenez had founded the ECOPUNTOS initiative to work towards a greener Colombia through recycling. The world is full of countless examples of the huge potential that young people have to be agents of change. After all, if there’s something special about youth is their ability to alter the status quo and spread their messages through media like social network, arts, and sports. However, if their efforts are to be truly maximized, young people must be supported by an education that empowers them and opens up spaces for their active participation.

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    Jul 29 2016

    by Ryan Burgess

    Mature adult Hispanic woman is smiling while teaching her preteen daughter during homeschool science class. Student is studying plastic educational model of the human brain. They are studying at home while sitting at kitchen table.

    How can we achieve a high quality education? One of the answers may come from the field of neuroscience. The following are 3 insights on brain development that can improve our understanding of how students learn and develop throughout their lives. Read more…

    Jul 22 2016

    by Marian Licheri 

    Elementary age, Indian or Latin descent boy using a smart phone outdoors. He is using social media, texting a friend, video chatting, or learning about his world on the internet. He enjoys exploring new things. He wears a red shirt and a smile. He is sitting alongside a rural road. His village can be seen behind him. Rural mobility.

    Photos and videos. Endless news articles and last-minute reports. Tweets and Facebook comments. Social media are an entire universe full of information of all kinds. And while the experience of browsing through streams and feeds might be overwhelming, these platforms can also be powerful tools to promote and work toward better quality in education.  To prove this point, we show 4 ways in which education initiatives have taken advantage of social media.

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    Jul 14 2016

    Written by  Javier Luque

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    Young students in Honduras participate in a dual education program

    Let’s imagine for a moment the life of Carlos, a 17-year old student attending high school in Latin America. Right after school, Carlos goes straight to the auto repair shop close to his house, where he works part-time. In a few words, Carlos is a “YES-YES”, a young person who goes to school and goes to work. Although the high proportion of NEETs in Latin America is indeed worrisome, estimates based on household surveys in the region show that a considerable number of young people in Latin America (ages 16-18) study and work at the same time. In some countries, such as Brazil and Peru, there are actually more students that work and study than NEETs! Read more…