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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.

    Etiqueta: education

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    Too late to learn?

    By - 22 de September de 2016, 9:59 am

    I recently visited a rural school and in a first grade class I met Miguel, a six-year old. While I was there, his teacher asked him to come to the board to solve a math problem and he began to smile nervously while looking to his classmates, asking for help. His peers tried to give him some hints but they could not help him. At the end of the lesson, Miguel’s teacher explained to me that he was behind in comparison with his peers: they had all attended pre-school but Miguel had just recently started formal schooling. This is a story that we often encounter in classrooms across Latin America and the Caribbean. How can we ensure that children in the region enter school prepared to learn?

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    What happens when students design their own school?

    By and - 15 de September de 2016, 9:49 am

    by María Soledad Bos and Alison Elias

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    How do you imagine the school of your dreams? What kind of spaces does it have?  These are some of the questions that a group of architects asked students from the Aurelia Rojas school in La Pintana neighborhood of Santiago, Chile. Their answers came in the form of drawings and sketches, right before school renovations began. What do you get when the community is consulted and their needs considered before designing and renovating school spaces?

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    A renewed promise: universal literacy

    By - 8 de September de 2016, 4:35 pm

    by Horacio Álvarez Martinelli

    Fifty years ago the first “World Literacy Day” was celebrated, a day dedicated by UNESCO to reinforce the commitment of governments and societies around the world to eradicating illiteracy and strengthen education as a path to better living conditions for everyone. Have we kept that commitment? Lea más…

    6 factors to understand innovation at schools

    By - 26 de August de 2016, 9:45 am

    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? Lea más…

    Young Leaders: Education to empower

    By - 11 de August de 2016, 10:25 am

    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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    3 insights from neuroscience to improve learning

    By - 29 de July de 2016, 2:07 pm

    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. Lea más…

    What if we talk about the YES-YES?

    By - 14 de July de 2016, 1:58 pm

    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! Lea más…

    Floods in the Louvre, climate change and an army of 117 million students

    By - 9 de June de 2016, 8:44 am

    by Emiliana Vegas


    It is a paradox. Paris, the city where the historical COP21 agreement was signed, has experienced in the last couple of days the effects of climate change through some of the worst floods in more than 30 years. Rainfall has been such that the Louvre Museum, the most visited in the world,  was forced to close to protect art pieces from the torrential rain that caused the Seine to rise more than 6 meters. The floods were a reminder, for Parisians and for the rest of the world, that global warming is imminent.

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    “Never stop dreaming, never stop studying”

    By and - 28 de April de 2016, 5:13 pm

    Written by Elena Arias-Ortiz and João Marcelo Borges

    With the energy of an 18-year old, Valeria Ferreira Moreira wakes up at 5 a.m. everyday to go to the gym. By 8 a.m., she arrives to her office at a real estate firm where she is working her first job. “I am really happy! Before, I had to go my internship in the morning, then I had school in the afternoon followed by my business administration course through the Apprentice Program (Programa Aprendiz). After 12 months, I was promoted to my current position and signed a real contract, which gives me access to formal employment and benefits.”

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    How far can a “poor” child go?*

    By - 5 de February de 2016, 9:27 am

     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. Lea más…