Jul 3, 2017

The Inter-American Development Bank and Google Pledge to Drive Innovation in Education

The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and Google for Education announced a collaboration to generate innovative solutions to improve education in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC).

The partnership will integrate technology-intensive activities into IDB-financed projects using transformational tools like G Suite for Education and Chromebooks, as well as processes to foster technology-based classroom dynamics. The organizations have also committed to exploring additional opportunities to integrate Google education projects into IDB programs and initiatives.

“Improving education quality across the region requires that we capture the potential of technology as a tool to increase access and promote engagement between teachers and students,” said Emiliana Vegas, Chief of the Education Division at the IDB. “Collaborating with Google allows the Bank to tap into the resources and expertise of one of the world’s most forward-looking companies, while collaborating with the IDB allows Google to work in hard-to-reach communities and impact education at a regional scale.”

In addition to this focus on technology-based learning, the IDB and Google will focus on the role of innovation in education, creating space for knowledge exchange on this topic.

“We strongly believe that innovation through technology in education can have significant positive impact, but it has to be correctly and thoughtfully implemented and supported by partners,” said Rodrigo Pimentel, Google for Education LATAM Head. “That is the primary reason why we believe this collaboration with the IDB is important. We are jointly working on and looking for projects with measurable impact in education.”

This joint commitment to education builds upon an existing collaboration between the IDB and Google. Google is one of four anchor organizations involved in the IDB’s ConnectAmericas initiative, which works to help small and medium enterprises from the LAC region expand globally.

About the IDB

The Inter-American Development Bank is devoted to improving lives. Established in 1959, the IDB is a leading source of long-term financing for economic, social and institutional development in Latin America and the Caribbean. The IDB also conducts cutting-edge research and provides policy advice, technical assistance and training to public and private sector clients throughout the region.

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