A recent report from Education First (EF) ranks the level of English spoken across 60 countries worldwide; in short, things don’t look good for Latin America, which is the worst-performing region worldwide in terms of proficiency. Of the 16 countries EF has designated to have a “Very Low Level” of English, an equal percentage (44%) were divided between Latin America (including Chile, Colombia, Venezuela, Guatemala) and the Middle East. Five Latin American countries (Peru, Mexico, Brazil, Costa Rica, and Uruguay) obtained a slightly higher distinction as having a “Low Level” of English. The only Latin American country that obtained a “Medium Level” of English proficiency within the report was Argentina. The report concludes: “A poor level of English is still one of the most important competitive weaknesses in Latin America.”
Luckily, there are a couple of entrepreneurs that are making strides in turning this all around.
We all want to learn something new, don’t we? So why not learn from the best?
My mom and I have a deal: She teaches me how to cook the most delicious meals of all, and in return I teach her how to use the computer and create stunning PowerPoint presentations. This way, both of us learns from the other and teaches the things he can do best. But there is a limit of what my mom and I can teach each other. Neither of us knows how to speak Chinese, for example. But there are millions of people that can, the question is: How do you find them?
For all Spanish speakers, there is Floqq, an online platform that offers a great variety of educational courses in the form of high quality videos for anyone who wants to perfect or improve any professional or personal skill via the internet. The platform launched in Latin America on March 19th offers more than 600 courses, which have a price of US$10-20, to people from Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru.
The U.S. embassy offers an all expense paid participation in the National Youth Science Camp 2013 to four chilean students who are seriously interested in environmental, scientific, technological and mathematical studies.
The objective of the National Youth science camp is to encourage talented and gifted students to reach their full potential in the area of sciences.
From June 26th to July 20th, the chilean delegates will have to face a variety of academic challenges together with 100 students from all over the world. These include conferences, workshops and conversations about different scientific topics with experts of universities and organizations such as NASA, USGS, NOAA or Google. They will also participate in an innovative outdoor program to get to know their fellow participants and make new friends.
The camp is a residential program of honors sponsored by the West Virginia state and the National Youth Science Foundation, takes place in the West Virginia’s Monongahela National Forest and is eligible to high school students between 16 and 18 years. Chilean students will be participating for the 6th time in 2013. Continue reading →
E-Ship, the first ship of innovation, starts its expedition to the Chilean Patagonia on March 25th. It gives 80 Chilean and international students the chance to learn about innovation and entrepreneurship and make new friends all over the world.
The delegation of academics of the Catholic University of Chile, the University of Development and Stanford is going to sail from Punta Arenas, analyzing 8 big challenges in 5 days of an exciting voyage aboard ship in the most southern part of Chile (and the world)!
The official launch event will take place tomorrow, March 21th, at 18:30 hrs in the installations of Gabriela Mistral in Santiago center. All supporters and friends are invited to take part, learn more about E-Ship and meet the crew that is going to sail from Punta Arenas on March 25th at 18:00 hrs. Continue reading →
Based in Chile, the startup Edoome aims at connecting teachers with their students to let them communicate, collaborate and share their educational content on an online platform.
Edoome is achieving success at a neck breaking speed after having won TNW’s Startup World competition (Santiago) and Techolab’s Applicate competition. They also celebrated a huge milestone by surpassing 12,000 fans on their Facebook page.
Very soon a huge pilot program with more than 24.000 chilean students will be launched! That is really exciting!
Clouli‘s (Cloud + Liberty) new e-learning platform, created under the direction of Sergio Ionele Povea Sáez, former CEO of the award winning Goin Entertainment, is designed with the intention to help Latin Americans ‘free their mind’ through knowledge co-creation and shared experiences.
Based out of Temuco, the capital of the Araucania Region IX (in the south of Chile), also further reaffirms the breadth of startup talent emerging from outside of Chile’s capital city.
Intended to be a mashup that blends the creativity, depth, infiniteness and design side of TED with the crowdsourced insightful responses of Quora, it appears that Clouli is setting the foundation to support its home country of Chile, in increasing and scaling its human capital knowledge base and talent pool. Continue reading →
Cristóbal García, Director of EmprendeUC (Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile) is calling to the world for support. He wants major leaders in science, technology, innovation, entrepreneurship, public policy, designed to make Chile think and act big and commit to the greatest challenges as a university, country, region and a planet. He shares his vision in the newly released documentary: Do Future Atacama 2011.
It’s Entrepreneurship for Educators Day in Chile. The event will be broadcasting live all day from the auditorium of Telefónica and is intended to encourage more students and educators to get connected in the ecosystem.