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    Girls and science: The Peruvian experience

    By - 7 de February de 2017, 12:01 am

    By Emma Näslund-Hadley

    Why is water wet? Why do I have brown eyes? Why do stars twinkle? A group of third-grade students at the Corazón de Jesús school outside Lima, Peru have been staying after school to grapple with questions like these.

    A girl peers at the camera through a magnifying glass, isolated on white background.

    Photo: Getty images.

    The children are part of a science tutoring project that aims to improve test scores and close learning gaps by getting struggling students excited about science.

    Most children start school with a natural love of science; they are curious to learn how the world around them works. Unfortunately, Latin American and Caribbean schools focus almost exclusively on memorization and drills, which tends to quickly extinguish any budding enthusiasm. Read more…

    To Guide or not to Guide? Using Technology to Improve Learning

    By - 10 de November de 2016, 1:27 pm

    By Elena Arias and Julián Cristia

    Considering everything that technology has made possible, from instant global communication to space travel, harnessing it to improve learning and revolutionize education would seem well within our reach.

    Using Technology to Improve Learning

    Image: IDB.

    Indeed, the IDB is looking at how technology can improve learning across Latin America and the Caribbean, where there is an urgent need to improve student performance in such a critical field as mathematics.

    In 2012, schoolchildren from eight countries of the Region participated in the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA), a test administered every three years to a half-million 15-year-old in 65 countries worldwide by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).

    The Latin American and Caribbean countries were among the 14 lowest-ranked countries tested.

    This poses problems for a region that is seeking to raise productivity and reduce poverty and inequality, so the IDB has been trying to determine how technology can best be used to improve teaching and learning.

    To that end, the IDB undertook a meta-analysis: comprehensive and systematic review of 15 impact evaluations from around the world that focused on both guided and non-guided use of technology in the classroom.

    What can we learn from these experiences around the world? Read more…

    The 123 Mujer Hotline: Reducing Domestic Violence in Colombia 

    By - 1 de November de 2016, 7:00 am

    By Adria Natalia Armbrister

    Can an emergency hotline service reduce violence against women? Colombia finds that it does: women who use the service are 37 percent less likely to report having suffered physical domestic violence and are 16 percent less likely to report having suffered psychological domestic violence.

    123 mujer hotline

    Image: Gobierno de Medellín

    “On May 21, 2014 at around noon, I called the police because I was being abused by my husband. I had called the police before and they came and calmed down the situation, but things stayed the same after they left.

    The next time it happened, I called 123 Mujer and I finally felt that the situation would be resolved. The police detained my husband and I got psychological counseling by phone.

    They told me that I should press charges and I did. 123 Mujer also provided me transportation to the police station, then picked me up afterward and brought me home.”  Read more…

    Dignified dwellings for Suriname’s Amerindian and Maroon communities

    By - 24 de October de 2016, 4:00 am

    By Carolina Piedrafita and Carol Nijbroek

    Beneficiaries in their new home. Image: IDB

    Beneficiaries in their new home. Image: IDB

    Maseja Amoloe is a single mother in Pikin Pada, a small Maroon village in Suriname’s hinterland. These villages have their own form of government rooted in Amerindian traditions such as birth rights, and are fully recognized by Suriname’s government. The villages are run by a kapiten, who functions as the highest local authority.

    Like others in her village, Amoloe cultivates yucca, bakes bread, and sews for a living. She lived in a hut with her five children until November 2015, when a government housing program targeting rural villages reached Pikin Pada.

    Amoloe was selected by the village chief as one of 20 beneficiaries to receive a $8,000 subsidy to build a better home. She now has plenty of space, sanitary facilities, and a good quality roof and walls. Read more…

    Small Bug, Big Trouble: The Fruit Fly Plague in Peru

    By - 18 de October de 2016, 7:30 am

    By Julián Aramburu and Lina Salazar

    The Fruit Fly in Peru

    Image: iStock

    Nothing is more annoying than a fly buzzing around your head.  But flies can be much more than an annoyance: fruit flies, for example, are one of the most harmful threats to fruit production in Peru, damaging crops by laying their eggs within the fruit.

    Since 1990, Peru’s fruit and vegetable exports have increased at an average annual rate of 16 percent, a growth rate faster than Peruvian merchandise exports as a whole. Read more…