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ERIC Number: ED371997
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993
Pages: 44
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Education and the Consolidation of Democracy in Latin America: Innovations To Provide Quality Basic Education with Equity. Advocacy Series Education and Development 4.
Reimers, Fernando
Three case studies show innovative education programs that provide quality basic education with equity. After explaining the significance of educational innovation of democracy in Latin America and the constraints to educational development, the investigation of the three programs follows. The program of Fe y Alegria (Faith and Joy) in 12 countries shows that it is possible to mobilize teachers and communities to provide quality education to the most disadvantaged. This program offers a successful model of partnerships between governments and private sectors. The program of Escuela Nueva in Colombia illustrates that it is possible to teach children in rural schools with few teachers and that those children can learn basic skills and complete primary education. The principle design of the program is active learning and providing children opportunities to progress at their own pace. The Programa de las 900 Escuelas in Chile shows that a society can choose to give more resources to those who have less and that it is a productive investment. These three cases provide direct channels to consolidation for democracy in the region and models for others to follow. Eight lessons develop from the case studies and serve as guiding principles in the design of future educational innovations: (1) a sense of mission; (2) the role of community; (3) democratic leadership; (4) strict and lean management; (5) resources and donor support; (6) political awareness; (7) open communication systems; and (8) teacher training. Five tables provide statistical information about student enrollment and the schools. (CK)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Policymakers; Practitioners; Researchers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Agency for International Development (IDCA), Washington, DC. Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean.
Identifiers - Location: Chile; Colombia