How Can We Reduce Educational Inequality in the Americas?

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Educational inequality is a critical issue in the Americas. While enrollment rates have increased at all educational levels, children living in poverty or in vulnerable contexts still experience lower levels of attendance, graduation rates and academic performance than their better-off peers.

The Inter-American Guide on Strategies to Reduce Educational Inequality presents ten policy strategies that have proven effective at improving educational equity in the region. The report, produced by the Organization of American States and the Inter-American Dialogue, argues that the scale of educational inequality requires countries to allocate greater resources to programs that target vulnerable populations. To do so, policymakers must have the tools to identify the most disadvantaged children, understand their specific needs, and devise solutions that holistically address these challenges.

How can policymakers effectively reach the most vulnerable children? How can different government agencies work together to develop integrated solutions? What lessons have we learned from policies and programs in the region? The Inter-American Dialogue is pleased to invite you to a report presentation and panel discussion on how countries can equalize educational opportunities for all.

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Opening Remarks

Michael Shifter

President, Inter-American Dialogue (@MichaelShifter)

Kim Hurtault-Osborne

Executive Secretary for Integral Development, Organization of American States

Panelists

Luis Porto

Senior Advisor for Organizational Development and Management for Results, Organization of American States

Emiliana Vegas

Education expert (@EmiVegasV)

Maria Oviedo

Education Program Assistant, Inter-American Dialogue

Closing Remarks

Ariel Fiszbein

Education Program Director, Inter-American Dialogue (@arielfiszbein)

Betilde Muñoz-Pogossian

Director of Social Inclusion, Organization of American States (@BeticaMunozPogo)