In this very informative article, Fernando Reimers discusses not only the association between poverty and education in Latin America, but also potential strategies that may be used in overcoming some of the struggles currently faced by the region. By explaining the current state of affairs, Reimers allows the reader to grasp the “downward spiral” effect a poor education system can have on the socio-economic wellbeing of a country. Simply put, if citizens are never taught how to solve their problems, let alone how to identify them, how can one expect any of these issues to be solved?
Although Reimers indicates that the levels of poverty and education seem optimistic, it is the re-structuring of the education system itself that will ultimately be the key to overcoming Latin America’s educational struggles.
Reimers, Fernando. “Can Schools Make Any Difference?” Revista. David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, Harvard University. 3 November 2009. http://www.drclas.harvard.edu/revista/articles/view/491
This press release from the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) announces UNICEF’s and President Elías Antonio Saca of El Salvador’s intent to call for Latin American countries to advance free, required, and quality secondary education for their youth. The article explains the reasons for UNICEF’s and President Saca’s investment in the issue: quality education is the key to breaking the cycle of poverty in Latin America and giving its children and adolescents a chance for a brighter future. While describing the Ibero-American Summit of Heads of State and Government at which UNICEF and President Saca planned to make their voices heard, the article points out that only 50 percent of Latin American adolescents and that this is largely responsible for the seemingly undefeatable state of poverty in which many people in the region live.
UNICEF. “A call for action on free, compulsory and quality education for all Latin American Youth.” United Nations. 6 November 2009. http://www.unicef.org/media/media_46186.html