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    Archive for March, 2014

    Overcoming Hardships

    By - 28 Mar 2014

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    Young People get a second chance

    “I was into drugs, vices… All of it, I did. I was trapped in that world for 18 years and wasted my entire life. I lost my family, my job, my time. I had a second chance in 2009 when I spent nearly two years in rehab. Now, I want to become a role model for my family and my children. I am proud to belong to the Instituto Hondureño de Educación por Radio. It’s a privilege. God gave me this new opportunity and I will not let it go to waste.” This was the testimony of Ruben, who is now 37 years old and is participating in a flexible education program in Tegucigalpa. Read more…

    Design for Change

    By - 18 Mar 2014

    Design for Change

    When the students of Crazy Horse High School in South Dakota decided to take action in their community they were competing against the odds.  Ninety-seven percent of their neighbors live in poverty.  On the reservation where they grew up, young people are especially affected by unusually high rates of unemployment, alcoholism, school dropouts, even suicide.  While over 80% of their peers in South Dakota get their high school diplomas, less than half of all students of Native American descent make it to graduation day; a historical achievement gap between Native students and their peers that sadly persists in other parts of the Americas as well.  What made these kids think that they could create meaningful change on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, their home?

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    How our brain learns to read

    By - 14 Mar 2014

    Little Nerd

    Our brain is not wired to read. Written language is an invention. An invention that, in the words of the poet Francisco de Quevedo, allows us: “listen with our eyes to the deceased.” In the 21st century, the ability to understand what we read has become the most fundamental of all academic and work-related competencies. If our students do not understand what they read, only little can be done to improve their performance in other subjects, such as mathematics, and natural and social sciences. Students have to learn to read properly so that they can, later on, read to learn.

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    Is crunching numbers like playing with dolls?

    By and - 6 Mar 2014

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    Photo taken from the IDB’s Tikichuela Program in Paraguay, which teaches Early Childhood Math. 

    Think of a child playing with dolls? Do you envision a girl or a boy? Think of an engineer. Do you envision a man or a woman? Now think of a psychologist. Same question, man or woman? Now think of somebody in a managerial position. Then think of their assistant. And who would you say has the best salary and best working conditions? Gender stereotypes, you?

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    Less Theory, More Practice

    By - 4 Mar 2014

    * By Vanessa Jaklitsch


    The students participating in a pilot project to combat dropout rates are at-risk teenagers between the ages of 14 and 16 with poor grades and attendance records.  The schools they attend in Barcelona, Spain have high dropout rates; less than 75% make it to graduation day.  Spain has the highest dropout rate in the European Union.  According to recent studies, the dropout crisis affects 28.8% of Spain’s youth.

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