Childhood Education in Latin America


In today’s world so many things have become advanced and accepted. Every day a new technology device is making an appearance, new nuclear weapons are being made to defend nations, or new strides are being made to legalize gay marriage. However, one issue that is often overlooked is children’s education. Many assume education is being taken care of, or the government is handling it. Many suffering as well as developed countries are still struggling with providing adequate education to all children. In Latin America, while many countries have made great progress in their education system, many children are still not enrolled in a formal education system. Still, children who are attending school they are not receiving a quality education. Statistics and facts on web.worldbank.org demonstrate how childhood education enrollment in Latin America is clearly still an issue. It is necessary for people to be aware of the current struggle of childhood education in Latin America.

Statistics on web.worldbank.org show that currently there are twenty-three million students in Latin America between the ages of four and seven that are not receiving formal education. In lower and poorer classes these number exceeds 40%. Middle and high school aged students education rates are higher but lack in quality. In the results of the Second Regional Comparative and Explanatory Study (SERCE) reveals that students in Latin America are not receiving reasonable scores in reading and math. The results also show there is a huge difference in score with students in different economic backgrounds. Higher income classes are living in better areas, which allow a better education. The poorer areas are not receiving the same education. In 2009 the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) results showed that countries in Latin America schools have low performance scores and high inequality level compared with surrounding countries. Even the higher income background students have trouble with reading tasks and only scored a level two to participate effectively and productively in their respected environment. If these are the results from better economic areas, the poorer regions must be much worst.

As students who are receiving an above average education it is our obligation to help these suffering countries. Children should not have to suffer academically because of a bad economic situation. If these children are not receiving a stable education this means when they are older they will not have the skills and knowledge to help the damaged economy, creating a never-ending cycle. As students with available resources we should make others around aware of these hardships and assist these suffering Latin American countries. The organization Bighelp, people can personally sponsor a student where donations go directly to a student and their school. Bighelp has made huge progress in the fight for better education. To make a donation the link of the website is provided here, http://www.bighelp.org/bhp/. Awareness is the key to success for students all around the world to receive the best education possible, and the awareness can begin with you!

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Mimi Warnick

Mimi is currently the Director of Operations at Smart Girls Group. She has been on staff since July 2012 originally the Director of Digital Content. Mimi organizes general systems, directs placement at Smart Girls Group, and leads the Smart Girls Ambassador program. Mimi is very passionate about the empowerment of women. For most of her life she has surrounded herself with strong confident female figures from her all girls school education to Smart Girls Group, and most recently her sorority Alpha Epsilon Phi. She completely believes in the Smart Girls Group message and model of Be Smart Share Smarts, and believes it will change the world. Mimi also has a strong passion for theatre, glitter, and trader joes.

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