Home to more than 20 countries, the Latin American region has been hard hit by COVID-19, with more than 11.6 million cases and over 400,000 deaths. According to a recent UN report, Latin American children have lost four times more days of education from the coronavirus pandemic than students in the rest of the world, with over 137 million young people in the region still not back at school. While the rest of the world is moving rapidly to online education, there are many kids across Latin America without access to computers, the internet, or even a place to study. For these young minds learning from home is a daunting challenge.
However, several Latin American educators are striving day and night to make quality education a reality for these children. Imbibing the true meaning of an educator, these experts are changing the educational landscape of the region one student at a time with their resolve and determination. They have realized the concept of distance education and learning from home for the children of the region, helping them stand at par with the rest of the world.
This issue of K12 Digest is focused on the Must Know Educational Reforms in Latin American Countries and introduce you to those harbingers of change. The educators mentioned in this issue have proven that a true teacher is one who shines the light of education to children no matter what the circumstances are. Of these, two names shine the brightest— Dr. Lilian Bacich, from Brazil, and Juan Manuel Pico, from Colombia, who have been trailblazers. We hope this issue gives you an insight into the education domain of Latin America and the various reforms it is going through now.