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    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…

    More than Denim and Profits: Creating Jobs and Engaging the Community

    By - 7 de June de 2017, 11:36 am

    By Max-Emanuel Hatzold

    Women receiving training. Image: IDB.

    Women receiving training. Image: IDB.

    Remaining competitive in the textile business is not easy, as it is an industry with low barriers to entry and intense global competition. As a result, profit margins are typically low.

    That’s why companies like Vicunha Ecuador S.A., one of the country’s oldest textile manufacturers, need to constantly invest in growth, efficiency, and productivity. At the same time, they must remain attractive to employees in a sector where employee turnover is high. Read more…

    Tackle the Funding Gap: Expanding Access to Credit for Brazilian Microentrepreneurs

    By - 28 de April de 2017, 9:00 am

    By Helio Bertachini

    Ms. Terezinha runs her own small business selling churrasquinho, a type of steak stick, in Pindamonhangaba, a city in the countryside of São Paulo State, Brazil.

    Terezinha needs credit to grow her business, but until recently her access to credit was very limited.

    access to credit Brazil

    Street market in Brazil. Image: Los viajes del Cangrejo. Creative Commons License.

    Read more…

    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…