Education in Latin America

Although there is a broad regional consensus that improving the quantity and quality of education is vital for economic development -to reduce Latina America’s disfiguring  inequalities and to create stable democracy-.  Education in Latin America lags behind that of a large part of the developed world.

Part of the problem is the poor introduction of technology into schools, but technology is not the only factor relevant to the getting of a decent education in Latin America. The region has suffered from social inequity, violence, poverty and high level of dropouts for decades.

According to OECD statistics, 40 million Latin America children and teens drop out of school each year, 92% of Latin American youngsters begin elementary school but only 32% continue on to secondary school. It is very rare for students to continue on to receive a higher education, at least for those students who make it through the public school system.

A high-quality education system should be, first of all, effective in reaching targeted levels of schooling, at least the universal completion of primary education and the levels of achievement that they imply.

 The mission of the education system in Latin America is to help to improve the distribution of opportunities; thus, equity is not an add-on or a complement to the system but instead is an integral aspect of its quality.  Education is more than a right associated with full personal development. It is also a key factor in determining opportunities and quality of life accesible to individuals, families and communities.