At 4,000 meters above sea level, in the Andes, is the village of Linda Linda. It is a beautiful place, in the middle of the mountains, and belongs to the region of Huánuco, one of the poorest regions of Peru. In 2013, during our first visit, we could see that children aged three to five who attended school had no place to learn. The school was made of adobe, with a thatched … [Read more...] about What motivates us to work in rural areas?
My daughter, AnnaMaria, recently finished 4th grade. She loved her teacher, Ms. Margi, because she made learning fun. That got me thinking. My 4th grade teacher was my favorite teacher too, Miss Guertin. Why? She made learning fun. So, I wrote her a letter that evolved into a candid and heartfelt conversation about teachers. She co-authors this blog. … [Read more...] about The Timelessness of a Good Teacher
There’s been a lot of talk about public-private partnerships (PPPs) and it’s no wonder. Given today’s development needs and the limited fiscal space facing many governments, private sector financing and know-how has become even more critical. … [Read more...] about Obstacles and Opportunities for Engaging the Private Sector in the Delivery of Social Services – What does Brazil have to say?
How do local actors, schools and school communities respond to educational quality challenges? The SUMMA Innovations Map includes, in this first phase, 50 successful experiences of educational innovation driven and developed in Latin America, the Caribbean and other parts of the world … [Read more...] about Localized innovation: 50 cases of effective educational innovations
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?