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    Positive Youth Development in Jamaica – A National Project

    By - 26 de September de 2017, 3:00 pm

    By Cynthia Hobbs, Darrell Hull, Lincoln Williams and Carolyn Thomas

    In Jamaica, more than 120,000 “unattached” 16-to-24 year-olds are not in school and are not working. Youth unemployment in Jamaica is more than twice (30.3 percent) that of adults (13.5 percent) and crime rates are highest among 18- to 24-year-old males.

    ja-l1005-3-7-cynthia-hobbs-darrell-hull-lincoln-williams-y-carolyn-thomas positive youth development

    Image: IDB.

    Many young people in this age bracket have given up on school because they don’t feel they are learning skills that will help them find a job. They want to work but do not have the needed job experience or training.

    Often they don’t have adequate skills in reading and math, or the exam scores necessary to get into higher education or vocational training programs.

    The government of Jamaica has designed two programs to help these “unattached” youth, both financed in part by an IDB sovereign guaranteed loan of $11 million: Read more…

    The Effect of Upfront Payments on the Turnover of Rural Instructors

    By - 19 de September de 2017, 3:00 pm

    By Rosangela Bando and Claudia Uribe

    The dream of many young Mexicans is to go to college. Juanita’s high school dream was to become a teacher one day. Little did she imagine that her dream would make a difference to children living in small rural areas of Mexico. But Juanita’s dream began to come true after she met a representative from Mexico’s National Council for Educational Development (Consejo Nacional de Fomento Educativo -CONAFE).

    CONAFE student. Image: CONAFE.

    CONAFE student. Image: CONAFE.

    CONAFE focuses on providing educational opportunities to children and teenagers in remote communities with fewer than 500 inhabitants.

    One of CONAFE’s programs consists of enrolling young instructors to teach in those communities for at least a year.

    The more than 35,000 CONAFE instructors often live in the community during the week with local families and those families are responsible for providing food and housing. CONAFE offers them a monthly subsidy of Mex$1,427 (about US$110 at the time of the evaluation). If instructors teach for a full year, they become eligible to have their higher education financed. Read more…

    Blackboards versus Laptops: Challenges of Using Technology in Education

    By - 5 de September de 2017, 3:00 pm

    Samuel Berlinski and Matías Busso

    Technology has increased productivity in the workplace and shaped the way we use our free time and the way we socialize. So why is technology not at the core of classroom learning?

    Technology in Education

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    Funding to equip schools and students with technology is usually considered one of the biggest challenges, especially in the developing world. But finding the right approach to use technology effectively in the classroom is also a major challenge, according to an evaluation by the IDB. Read more…

    Project in Brazil Shows How to Improve Educational Performance

    By - 27 de June de 2017, 3:18 pm

    By Marcelo Pérez Alfaro

    Students often complain that math is difficult to learn, and for many, it is far from their favorite subject. Improving performance is a considerable challenge because the subject is often not taught in an interesting way and not related to problems relevant to students.

    Educational Performance in Brazil

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    The state of São Paulo, Brazil launched the Tem+Matemática initiative to motivate students to improve their math skills, which are considered critical in order to access more complex knowledge and function in society. Read more…

    How important math is in preschool

    By - 24 de May de 2016, 7:00 am

    As part of a lesson on quantities, a group of five-year-olds in Huancavelica, Peru, was asked, “If you have three candies and I have six, what is that?” The expected answer was something along the lines of “more” or “less,” but after a moment of contemplation, a student responded, “Unfair.”

    math in preschool

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    These preschoolers are part of a new bilingual preschool program called Mimate that helps children develop essential pre-math skills. Children need these skills as a basis for primary school mathematics, including number sequence, shape recognition, counting objects, and spatial relations (such as the difference between over and under). Read more…