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Empowering Latin American and Caribbean children and youth for the 21st Century  

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Sector Framework Initiatives Projects at a Glance
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Our vision

We work with governments, private sector partners, and civil society organizations to bring a 21st-century education to all children and youth in Latin America and the Caribbean. Investing in human capital unlocks individual potential and yields long-term benefits that contribute to more prosperous, sustainable, and equitable societies. We support the transformation of education and training systems by ensuring quality, relevance, inclusion, efficiency, and innovation. We leverage technology to bridge the gaps and create learning opportunities for everyone everywhere and in every situation.    

We promote smart spending

Education information systems, resource allocation rules, centralized student & teacher assignment.

We are reinventing the classroom

through curriculum enrichment, protecting trajectories, teacher development, and infrastructure.

We foster digital transformation

to accelerate learning: connecting schools, providing technology, and enhancing digital skills.

Quality education

Education is key to overcoming structural inequalities. However, 36% of students in the region do not finish secondary and 50% of 15-year-old don’t understand what they read.  

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Skills for life 

To thrive in the 21st century, children and youth must not only know how to read and write but also acquire skills that allow them to reinvent and adapt throughout their lives.  

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Smart Spending

We aim to maximize impact and minimize inefficiencies in a fiscally constrained context. Developing and strengthening education management and information systems, digitizing and processing data on students and teachers is essential.

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Digital transformation

The pandemic showed that connectivity, far from being a luxury, is a right. Education services need to undergo a digital transformation. That means connecting every school in the region and developing hybrid models. 

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Skills for work 

Only 19% of students who graduate from high school in the region acquire the skills to thrive in future work. We work to bridge gap between education and work, with higher and TVET programs, green skills and STEAM for girls and women.  

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Brazil’s Pará State Will Modernize Its Education System with IDB Support
The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) approved a $100 million loan to improve educational access and equality in the State of Pará in Brazil.
November 13, 2023
IDB Report Highlights Policies to Unlock the Potential of Urban Migration in Latin America and the Caribbean
Latin American and Caribbean cities have the potential to boost their economies by better integrating migrants, according to a new report by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).
November 06, 2023
IDB Supports Ecuador's Program to Improve Rural Roads and Access to Health and Education
The Inter-American Development Bank approved an $80 million loan to finance a program in Ecuador to make transportation on the country's provincial road network more efficient and improve access to health and education services for small rural populations.
October 31, 2023
Group of girls looking at a laptop. Education - Inter-American Development Bank - IDB Closing the Literacy Gap

Is it goodbye to teachers? Is it goodbye to schooling as we know it? Will it lead to reinventing education, schools, and educators? ChatGPT, an innovative tool that answers questions about almost anything, was released toward the end of 2022.

Recuperar los aprendizajes ¡se puede!

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