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Education in Latin America and the Caribbean

Latin America scored low in PISA. Among the 65 participating countries, the 8 Latin Americans are among the 14 lowest performing in PISA 2012. Chile is the first of the countries. It ranks 51, while Colombia and Peru hold positions 62 and 65 respectively. Brazil has improved the most from 2003 to 2012 with an average yearly increase of 4.1 points. Read more.


IDB organizes Teacher Evaluation Event. On December 3-5, 2013, the IDB held the event “How to predict teacher performance before and during teaching?” in Lima, Peru. The event discussed recent advances in the literature about how to measure teacher effectiveness and to determine how teacher evaluation can contribute to an improvement in learning.


IDB loan will improve education quality in Brazil. The IDB will invest 151 million dollars in the Program to Accelerate the Development of the Education of the State of Amazonas (PADEAM) to improve the quality of education services and expand access to basic and intermediate education. This initiative incorporates more than 30,000 children and youth from rural areas into the education system. Read more.


Can Community Colleges be a model for Latin America and the Caribbean? On November 6-7, 2013, the IDB and the U.S. Department of Education organized the Sub-regional Policy Dialogue entitled: “Community Colleges: a good model for Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) ?” The event brought together key actors from the US with policymakers and business representatives of the region. Read more.


Rise Up - Climate Change Education A snapshot of learning gaps in the region Positive Action Pilot in Belize The Miseducation of Latin American Girls: Poor Schooling Makes Pregnancy a Rational Choice Educating Haiti All Children Counting
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    Rise Up - Climate Change Education

    Rise Up a Climate Change Education Initiative that encouraging children and youth to use their creativity and energy to come up with feasible, sustainable, long-term strategies to mitigate climate change
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    A snapshot of learning gaps in the region

    Agustin and Daniel are two boys who are born the same day but have very different learning opportunities. Agustin belongs to the richest 20% of the region's population and Daniel to the poorest 20%. Meet Agustin and Daniel!
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    Positive Action Pilot in Belize

    More and more Belizean children have grown up in a violent world. Alarmed by the trend, the Government of Belize partnered with the IDB and the University of North Texas to develop an approach to help put a stop to the cycle of violence and crime that is threatening the country’s young people.
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    The Miseducation of Latin American Girls: Poor Schooling Makes Pregnancy a Rational Choice

    Did you know that in some countries of Latin America and the Caribbean, adolescents lack the incentive to avoid pregnancy and may even plan to become pregnant. Check out our animation on early childbearing and help us spread the word!
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    Educating Haiti

    The IDB's Education Program in Haiti is distributing 100,000 kits to students and training 700 teachers in the next two years. 35,000 students are benefitting from the Tuition Waiver Program.
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    All Children Counting

    Staying in school and learning math and science are fundamental steps toward excelling in life. Math and science help children use logic and become independent thinkers. Children who learn to think for themselves can solve real-world problems. They will be mentally fit for tomorrow’s world.
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Who are the region’s high-growth women entrepreneurs and what motivates them?
A new study explores growth potential of women entrepeneurs in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Ready to dance the global water dance?
Empower your students with knowledge about water sources on the planet, the water cycle, and water saving habi...

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