7 initiatives in education in Latin America and the Caribbean

7 initiatives in education in Latin America and the Caribbean

Marian Licheri 20 octubre 2016 Comments

“To reinvent oneself or to die” goes the old saying, and it is in education, perhaps, that this way of thinking has become the most true. We must be in a constant search for resources and initiatives that allow us to respond to the challenges posed by changing world and, naturally, by the children and youth of today!

At the IDB, we believe that from the early years to the end of secondary school, there should be continuous support and a system that ensures that all children and youth in the region can develop the skills that will allow them to reach their highest potential and contribute to society. We know that achieving this goal requires a joint effort: parents, teachers, experts, and decision makers must work together toward policies that support quality in learning.

As we welcome you to “Education in Focus”, the new version of our blog, we invite you learn more about the 7 initiatives that we have spearheaded in different areas to work toward our common goal.

  1. CIMA – Education Statistics Portal: An innovative platform that presents information on 40 indicators comparable across educational systems in Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as country-specific profiles that summarize the state of education.. As a tool capable to provide quality data and statistics about the region, CIMA seeks to support education leaders as they engage in evidence-based decision making.
  2. ALAS-IDB Awards: These awards recognize and share the commitment of individuals and organizations working in the field of early childhood development in Latin America and the Caribbean. Presented by the IDB and the ALAS Foundation, led by Shakira, they award prizes in four categories: Best Teacher, Best Center, Best Children’s’ Story, and Best Innovation in Early Childhood Development. We invite you to learn more about last year’s winners.
  3. Learning in 21st Century Schools: This unique space brings together representatives from the region to exchange experiences related to the design, planning and management of school infrastructure in Latin America and the Caribbean. Through regional workshops and various online resources, this initiative is living proof of the region’s potential to face common challenges and create better spaces for learning.
  4. All Children Count: A publication that seeks to help teachers and policy makers in the region to promote the early teaching of math and sciences through effective and innovative methods. These teaching strategies focus on areas such as concept comprehension, hands-on experiments, and critical thinking rather than mechanical procedures and repetition.
  5. Rise Up is a climate change education initiative designed to motivate children and youth to use their creativity toward the devising of solutions to environmental problems.The IDB provides teachers and students access to videos, lesson plans, video games and a green kit for schools in order to turn students into superheroes committed to saving the planet.
  6. PRIDI: The Regional Project on Child Development Indicators (PRIDI from its Spanish acronym) aims to generate high quality and regionally comparable data on the development of children aged 24 to 59 months. PRIDI recognizes child development as a holistic and integrated process and captures domains and factors associated with ECD. The final results report sheds light on the situation of children across the region and points toward actions to improve early childhood development in Latin America and the Caribbean.
  7. Latin America in PISA:  These briefs summarize the performance of the eight Latin American countries (Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Mexico, Peru, and Uruguay) that participated in the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) organized by the OECD. This test measured what 15-year olds know and can do in mathematics, reading, and science in 65 education systems.

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