Category Archives: Latin America

The Adventures of Evito in Bolivia

While everyone talks about the crying of Japanese politician, there is other type of political strategy on the other side of the earth, Bolivia.

About three months to the presidential elections in Bolivia, the current president Evo Morales did something interesting to prepare (?) the victory of his third term in power: giving a book about his infancy to school kids on the Day of Children – April 12 (According to the Chilean Newspaper “El Mercurio”)

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Ranking in your school

If you are born and raised in a rich country you will most likely have a better education and job.

Along the same line, I just luckily happened to be a Japanese and had enough education thanks to my parents and the society.

Is that it?

Those who were happened to be in poor countries are just unlucky and left behind?

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Inclusion is not only about disability

Inclusive Education is not only about students with/without disability but also about including everyone (minority) without discrimination into a regular classroom.

Although it is the brief definition of inclusive ed, we often consider it as the former (including kids with disabilities). But I just found other type of inclusion from “Teacher Tuesday”.

Teacher’s Tuesday is a social media campaign implemented through Global Monitoring Report(GMR) of UNESCO, introducing 10 teachers from 10 countries around the world for 10 weeks (Tuesdays) from the 25th February, to share their stories, motivations and challenges in their work. The detail is shown on the map below.

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Power of life

Do you have a power of life?

Yesterday, I mentioned about Mr. Ototake, who was born without arms and legs but never felt that he was unfortunate person. I guess he has a strong “life power” by which I mean a power which allows you to live anywhere with dignity.


A couple weeks ago, another guy who also has a strong life power landed at the ground of Marshal Island after 13 months’ castaway.

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University degree=Employment?

When I was a university student in Japan, I did not think so much about the quality of education that I was receiving, let alone the country’s educational policy.

In Latin America (Chile, Mexico, Colombia, etc.) students are pretesting at national levels to improve the quality of tertiary education, especially for free education or more investment in it.

Although those are valuable movements, the money is not everything to improve the quality of education, as well as guarantee of employment.
According to an article of OECD called “Smart policies matter in education“, Korea is a good example of it.

The graph shows that Korea, compared to other countries, invest less in each student of tertiary education, but produce a high number of graduates in the young population (25-34 year-old).

However, with 75%, graduate employment among their 25-34 year-old with a tertiary qualification in Korea are among the lowest in OECD countries (average 82%). That is, one out of four graduates does not have a job.

I hope students in Latin America keep protesting in order to improve the quality of education, not only in investment but also in connection between graduate and employment, that is, better educational system at a national level. And other countries can learn something from those young activists.


“To learn=Tolerance”

“Why do people kill each other and what can we do about it?”

I happened to see “Hotel Rwanda” for the second time and I asked myself.
This story addresses the Rwandan massacre in 1994 in which one tribe (Hutu) killed about 1.000.000 of another tribe (Tutsi).

Trailer: “Hotel Rwanda”

I guess in some ways or another, human beings have instinct to hart someone, but the reason and tolerance prevent us from doing so, and education is one of the keys to learn them.

According to an article “”Why education must be central to new goals after 2015“”,
“Education is vital to foster the tolerance and trust that underpin democracy and avert conflicts. In the Arab world, for example, people with a secondary education are 14 percent more likely than those with just a primary education to be tolerant towards people of different religions. In Latin America and the Caribbean, people with secondary education are 32 percent tolerant of homosexuals”

I think students in inclusive school can be even more tolerant than those who attend traditional regular schools.

We all know the importance of education but policy makers tend to overlook its benefit because quality of education is somewhat intangible. Therefore, providing concrete evidence can be a resource to convince them to push it forward. UNESCO’s Education for

All Global Monitoring Report team has released a new report demonstrating education’s powerful role in transforming lives: “Education transforms lives”

The irony is that those who decide to make wars tend to be elites and “educated people”

“Why do people kill each other and what can we do about it?”