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The Transformation of Learning with the Use of Educational Technology

Mateo Samper ˙ ˙ PREAL Blog

http://www.schooltechnology.org Photos of elementary students using iPads at school to do amazing projects.
The state of education in Latin America is mixed. While there has been significant progress in terms of coverage and schooling rates, the quality of education still leaves much to be desired. What should we do to prepare the coming generations? What skills do people need to develop in order to actively participate in society and compete in the labor market? How should education be transformed, and why is technology—when used correctly—the key to this process? This blog seeks to answer these questions in a practical way, emphasizing the importance of adopting technology to transform learning.Read more +

Pressures Building on China-Latin America Relations

Anastasia Chacón, Margaret Myers ˙ ˙ Latin America Advisor

Ahead of the U.N. General Assembly meetings in New York this month, the Latin America Advisor sat down with Margaret Myers, director of the Asia & Latin America program at the Inter-American Dialogue. We asked her: What’s new with China-Latin America relations? Where are they headed next? And how is…Read more +

Public-Private Partnerships (PPP) in Education

Eduardo Vélez Bustillo ˙ ˙ PREAL Blog

There are many reasons why and ways in which partnerships between the public and private sectors can benefit education programs. The sheer scale of the challenge to improve the quality of education justifies the need to collaborate. Additionally, more than just working in parallel towards a common goal, the two…Read more +

Colombia: To Frack or Not to Frack?

Lisa Viscidi, Sarah Phillips ˙ ˙ Voces

March against fracking in San Martín, Cesar. Esperanza Proxima/Flickr/CC BY-NC-SA 2.0
For over a decade Colombians have been debating whether or not to allow oil companies to use hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, to produce oil and gas from shale rock, a technique that has been controversial in many countries. The high court’s decision last week to uphold a moratorium on fracking suggests the increasingly polarized debate is far from over.Read more +

The Toxic Intersection of Violence Against Women in the Northern Triangle and the Trump Administration’s Anti-Immigration Policies

Tamar Ziff ˙ ˙ Voces

U.S. Customs and Border Patrol / Flickr / Public Domain
 “There is a broad underestimation [by US immigration court judges] of how dangerous the situation on the ground is in Central America. Most people… live in a constant culture of violence. For example, most of my teenage clients have witnessed someone being murdered on the streets, and this is the…Read more +

How to effectively lead an education system: Advice from Otto Granados

Daniela Saez, Sergio Cabrales Dominguez, Otto Granados Roldán ˙ ˙ PREAL Blog

Sri Mulyani Indrawati, World Bank MD and COO visits a school project in LeÛn, Nicaragua, that provides education and nutrition to students from poor areas. Robert Valls/World Bank
Whose advice should education decision-makers in Latin America—and in middle-income countries in general—be taking? In an interesting initiative, Fernando Reimers has compiled a book of letters and recommendations to ministers and decision-makers in education (Letters to a New Minister in Education: Learning to Lead Education Systems). The Dialogue’s Education program…Read more +

Promoting Financial Inclusion in Guatemala Through Private Sector Partnerships

Keshia Madrigal ˙ ˙

This is a story of success of the Opportunities for My Community Project, which links remittances, education and savings to promote economic and human development in Guatemala. Financial inclusion is key for promoting economic development in Guatemala. Simply stated, the more people that are empowered to use financial products and services,[1]…Read more +

Remittances, Financial Education and Economic Development in Guatemala

Keshia Madrigal ˙ ˙

This is a story of success of the Opportunities for My Community Project, which links remittances, education and savings to promote economic and human development in Guatemala. For the many Guatemalan families that receive remittances, the extra money coming in helps increase disposable income and makes it easier to save money.…Read more +

Argentina: Back to Normal

Bruno Binetti ˙ ˙ Voces

Casa Rosada/ Flickr / CC BY-SA 2.0
Mauricio Macri’s failure confirms that there seems to be no politically sustainable way to open up and reform Argentina’s economy. The long-term benefits of liberalizing, improving competitiveness and reducing fiscal spending might be clear in theory, but the immediate social costs of these policies are simply too high for Argentines to bear.Read more +

Summer School: Responding to Local Needs

Keshia Madrigal ˙ ˙

This is a story of success of the Opportunities for My Community Project, which links remittances, education and savings to promote economic and human development in Guatemala. Education plays a fundamental role in human capital, helping to develop the productive skills and abilities that create economic value for individuals and societies.…Read more +

Partnerships for Development

Keshia Madrigal ˙ ˙

This is a story of success of the Opportunities for My Community Project, which links remittances, education and savings to promote economic and human development in Guatemala. The Opportunities for My Community project promotes development in Guatemala by linking remittances with development, formalizing savings and investing in education in order to…Read more +

Engaging Diverse Stakeholders in Support of Education in Guatemala

Keshia Madrigal ˙ ˙

This is a story of success of the Opportunities for My Community Project, which links remittances, education and savings to promote economic and human development in Guatemala. Education is crucial for economic development. However, according to data from the Guatemalan Ministry of Education, less than half of primary and secondary school…Read more +

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