Entry by Emma Naslund-Hadley and Juan Manuel Hernández-Agramonte Images are powerful, even mental images. If you cannot imagine yourself doing something, the odds that you will do it drops. International research that asks students to draw mathematicians and scientists, reveal that both boys and girls tend to picture them as male and white. If girls cannot picture … [Read more...] about Fighting the Power of an Image
Early childhood development and early education
With the closure of ECD centers and preschools in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, young children are among the most affected by the interruption in access to learning opportunities, and by the temporary loss of the protective space offered by school environments. Experts warn of likely long-lasting effects on young children’s socioemotional and cognitive development as … [Read more...] about Sesame Time in COVID-Times
Be discreet, smile more, soccer is for boys, play with this doll, don’t raise your voice, be a lady, eat a salad, girls are better at reading. Although women in Latin America and the Caribbean have advanced a lot in the past quarter century – gaining equal access to schooling and increasing their participation in politics and the labor market – kids are still raised with … [Read more...] about Girls = Boys. Changing gender stereotypes in STEAM
I recently shared the results of an interesting survey commissioned by the Inter-American Development Bank in which over 33,500 respondents across the Americas defined their priorities for sustainable and inclusive infrastructure. When asked what type of infrastructure is most needed to improve their country’s economy, what do you think their response was? … [Read more...] about What are the most pressing needs for people in Latin America and the Caribbean?