22 November 2022

Migrant and Refugee Children and Adolescents in Latin America and the Caribbean

Our challenges, Poverty, lack of opportunities, conflict and violence, natural disasters and the effects of climate change, among others, drive refugees and migrants out of their home countries in search of a better and safer life. Nonetheless, many face hardships, danger and discrimination along the way, at their destination or once they return., Providing education to migrant and refugee children and adolescents is one of the most important strategies to protect them physically and emotionally from multiple threats and discrimination., Despite the region’s prevailing challenges, several countries allow migrant and refugee children and adolescents to enroll in the preschool, primary and secondary levels of the formal education system, regardless of their status. Hence, since March 2020, children on the move have been seriously affected by school closures and learning disruptions…, What do we do?, We focus our efforts on the educational response to migrant, refugee and returnee children, to enable countries to: Provide access to quality and inclusive education. Collect relevant and updated information and data on children and adolescents on the move. Strengthen the capacity of teachers, school staff and education authorities. Mobilize…, UNICEF and the Andrés Bello Agreement work in favour of migrant and refugee children and adolescents’ education, ´En la escuela estoy mejor` Campaing, Learn about our country offices' experiences, UNICEF/Peru On #WorldRefugeeDay , migrant children and adolescents tell us how it felt to arrive at a new school in Peru.  Círculos de aprendizaje.jpg UNICEF
08 November 2022

The Learning Passport in Latin America and the Caribbean

What is the Learning Passport?, The Learning Passport, a collaborative initiative between UNICEF and Microsoft, stands as one of UNICEF’s flagship initiatives in Latin America and the Caribbean. A comprehensive digital education platform, Learning Passport’s primary mission is to provide children and adolescents with continuous access to high-quality educational content in line…, How did Learning Passport come about?, The outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent school closures led to a prolonged disruption of educational processes within Latin America and the Caribbean, unveiling the formidable obstacles that nations face in the effective provision of remote education. While this situation precipitated a profound learning crisis, it  allowed us to…, Learning Passport in Latin America and the Caribbean, Since the COVID-19 education crisis, Learning Passport has undergone a rapid global expansion, extending its reach to more than 33 countries, including 6 in Latin America and the Caribbean.   Within this region, Mexico, Honduras, Jamaica, and Costa Rica, are at the forefront, leading/driving the development of the Learning Passport. A testament to…, Rapid expansion in Latin America and the Caribbean, Costa Rica Honduras Jamaica Mexico Platform: Aprendo Pura Vida  Seeks to reduce learning losses  resulting from school closures and any potential future interruptions in education.  Boasts the highest number registered users globally, with aproximatley 1,356,333 students and teachers.  Platform: Educatrachos  Offers more than 550 virtual courses…, Countries in early stages of adoption of the platform, Brazil Dominican Republic Eastern Caribbean Countries  Two platforms, one for students -"1 Million Opportunities"- and another for educators (including indigenous teachers).  Promotes the development of transferable skills in adolescents and youth, and supports them in their transition from school to the workforce.  Digital platform for early…, Advantages of the Learning Passport, children studying in the classroom UNICEF/UNI415127/Romani Through the Learning Passport, countries support students’ access to high-quality educational materials, even in regions with unreliable or absent internet connections. This achievement is made possible by the Learning Passport's unique combination of online and offline functionalities and…, How does the Learning Passport enhance education delivery and accessibility?, The integration of digital learning solutions, such as the Learning Passport, allows for the:  Improvement of quality with timeliness of teacher-student interaction. Facilitation of ongoing assessment as a tool for adaptive instruction. Cultivation of learning environments in which students find enjoyment and develop personal interests.…, In our region, the Learning Passport program works to:, Develop capacities and skills, With the Learning Passport, both students and teachers can develop and/or strengthen different skills within the platform according to their needs and interests. Among other strategic competencies are the digital skills that are key to navigate today's interconnected world.   In addition, this platform also builds capacity in Ministries of…, Promote innovative educational practices, When Learning Passport is integrated into everyday pedagogical practice, it is possible to discover new ways of teaching and learning. This translates into more effective, adapted and attractive experiences for students.  In addition to leveraging technology to transform education, this platform also encourages teachers  to innovate in their day-…, Promoting cross-sector/impactful alliances, With our partners in the public and private sectors, we are exploring the possibilities of working on policies and plans that can achieve greater results and advance the digital education ecosystem at both the country and regional level., Undertake local advocacy processes, The Learning Passport serves as an entry point to foster dialogue with decision-makers on key educational issues.   These conversations cover the importance of developing and improving the digital education ecosystem, as well as the different components involved, such as connectivity, devices, accessible content, affordable data, among others., Generate evidence, The Learning Passport enables the utilization of data as evidence to inform country office initiatives and concurrently produce vital insights to assess the progress and learning outcomes attained through platform implementation., Promote the participation of children and adolescents, The opinions and contributions of children, adolescents and teachers are key during the process of defining the digital education platform.   For this reason, with the Learning Passport, these actors play a central role during the planning, implementation and monitoring of the platform., Learn about the experiences of implementing Learning Passport in Latin America and the Caribbean, button learning passport costa rica button learning passport honduras button learning passport jamaica button learning passport méxico