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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 July, 2016

    3 insights from neuroscience to improve learning

    By - 29 Jul 2016

    by Ryan Burgess

    Mature adult Hispanic woman is smiling while teaching her preteen daughter during homeschool science class. Student is studying plastic educational model of the human brain. They are studying at home while sitting at kitchen table.

    How can we achieve a high quality education? One of the answers may come from the field of neuroscience. The following are 3 insights on brain development that can improve our understanding of how students learn and develop throughout their lives. Read more…

    4 ways social media can improve the quality of education

    By - 22 Jul 2016

    by Marian Licheri 

    Elementary age, Indian or Latin descent boy using a smart phone outdoors. He is using social media, texting a friend, video chatting, or learning about his world on the internet. He enjoys exploring new things. He wears a red shirt and a smile. He is sitting alongside a rural road. His village can be seen behind him. Rural mobility.

    Photos and videos. Endless news articles and last-minute reports. Tweets and Facebook comments. Social media are an entire universe full of information of all kinds. And while the experience of browsing through streams and feeds might be overwhelming, these platforms can also be powerful tools to promote and work toward better quality in education.  To prove this point, we show 4 ways in which education initiatives have taken advantage of social media.

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    What if we talk about the YES-YES?

    By - 14 Jul 2016

    Written by  Javier Luque

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    Young students in Honduras participate in a dual education program

    Let’s imagine for a moment the life of Carlos, a 17-year old student attending high school in Latin America. Right after school, Carlos goes straight to the auto repair shop close to his house, where he works part-time. In a few words, Carlos is a “YES-YES”, a young person who goes to school and goes to work. Although the high proportion of NEETs in Latin America is indeed worrisome, estimates based on household surveys in the region show that a considerable number of young people in Latin America (ages 16-18) study and work at the same time. In some countries, such as Brazil and Peru, there are actually more students that work and study than NEETs! Read more…