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  • This blog is written by specialists from the Education Division of the Inter-American Development Bank. Its objective is to provide arguments and ideas that will spark debate about how to transform education in Latin America and the Caribbean. This blog is a call to action for the reader. An idea, a project, or a question can make a difference.

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    Las opiniones expresadas en este blog son las del autor y no necesariamente reflejan las opiniones del Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo, sus directivas, la Asamblea de Gobernadores o sus países miembros.

    The views expressed in this blog are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Inter-American Development Bank, its Management, its Board of Executive Directors or its member Governments.

    Archive for October, 2014

    How Emotions impact the Decision to Drop Out

    By and - 30 Oct 2014

    * By Justine Stewart and Cynthia Hobbs

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    Did you know that approximately 1 in 10 students drop out of secondary school in Jamaica? Each of these students has a unique story to tell. Although economic models often assume that individuals are homogenous and rational decision makers, in this case the individuals, disengaged students on the brink of dropping out, have varying emotional needs that impact their choices. This fact doesn’t counter the traditional economic models, rather it highlights that models need to capture the emotional aspects of students’ decision making. Read more…

    The civil society makes a commitment

    By and - 23 Oct 2014


     *Authors: Catalina Covacevich – Marcelo Pérez Alfaro


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    There are many different organizations that participate in the discussion and propose solutions and interventions in education. The first participants that come to our mind are the national and local governments, schools, families and universities. But… there is an actor who is usually hidden but is often present: The civil society. Organized citizens are essential to present topics in public debate and also for the proposal and implementation of solutions, as they can help to implement changes beyond the specific terms of the government.

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    Sneak Preview

    By - 16 Oct 2014

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    Over the course of the last five years, I have been working on a project to measure child development outcomes in four countries in Latin America. This may not sound like that big of a deal, or even that necessary. But it is. On both accounts.

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    A Shift toward Quality

    By - 9 Oct 2014

    * By Anouk Ewald

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    Haiti and Finland Signature of Memorandum of Understanding in furtherance of education quality

    One, a woman from the Northern colds of developed Europe. The other, a man from the warmth of the sunny but developing Caribbean. What can they possibly have in common? What are they talking about? That’s what we wondered while seeing the two of them sitting together, engaged in an animated discussion as if they were old friends, but surprisingly they had only met just a few minutes ago.

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    What drives teachers’ future?

    By and - 2 Oct 2014


     By Hugo Ñopo @hugonopo and Fernando Fernandez @ffernandezbazan

    In our cities we often hear that we have “the best educated cab drivers of the world.” As a matter of fact, a while ago in Lima, a taxi driver who’s also a friend said mischievously: “But Doctor, you should know that taxi drivers here are more cultivated than a yogurt.”

    The statistics confirm that our  friend  is right. In Peru, the National Household Survey (ENAHO for its acronym in Spanish) reveals that 25% of workers whose occupation is “motor vehicle driver” has a university degree. Is that a requirement to become a driver? Well, among drivers with  tertiary education, one out of four studied mechanics. One could argue that, in this case, the field of study and the occupation are related. But what is the second most common profession among drivers with tertiary education? The answer to this question is precisely the topic of this blog entry, aimed at commemorating the Teachers’ International Day. One out of seven drivers of motor vehicles with tertiary education majored in Education.

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