By Ryan Heath Burgess In Panama, over a third of indigenous people are illiterate and school retention rates in indigenous areas known as comarcas are half the national average. The Government of Panama, with IDB support, is trying to change that by improving primary and secondary school infrastructure, training teachers, and providing learning materials. Even under the … [Read more...] about Better Schools and Teaching in Remote Indigenous Areas in Panama
By Agustín Zamora Mariclere Alvarez was halfway towards a communications degree at a private university in Mexico when her parents told her they could not pay for her education anymore because of financial difficulties. Alvarez would have dropped out had it not been for FINAE, a Mexican financial institution that provides college loans to low-income students. “I felt … [Read more...] about Student Loans Targeted to the Poor
Much of the education economics literature focuses on how combinations of inputs, incentives and institutional structures result in better education results, in human capital accumulation and, in the longer term, in higher wages and economic growth. In this literature, less attention has been given to external factors, such as the availability of safe drinking water, personal … [Read more...] about How important is clean water for education?
On February 2013 the 3rd article of the Mexican constitution was reformed to establish that the State must guarantee education quality. The reform also established that entry into the teaching profession and promotion to supervisory positions in elementary and secondary education provided by the State, must be competitive in order to guarantee appropriate capabilities and … [Read more...] about 3 ideas to improve education quality
One thing that you probably needed when you first learned how to count was your ten fingers (or twenty if you count your toes too). So it is very handy that the IDBs new Guide on evaluating education projects comes in five steps. Not easy steps, mind you, but if you take them one at a time, it will save you a lot of time next time you want to know if hiring extra teachers is … [Read more...] about Five steps you need in education evaluation