In partnership with the World Innovation Summit for Education we have written ‘Learning a Living,’ a new book that focuses on radical innovation at the education/work interface. In anticipation of its release in mid-November, we are launching a month-long campaign to celebrate and bring attention to some of the most powerful thinking on, and examples of, initiatives which hold out the hope of radically new approaches better fitted to the conditions of the 21st century. Read more about the book here.
This week: some of the most innovative educational initiatives that (just barely) did not make it into 'Learning a Living,' divided into regions.
Conexao is a Brazilian NGO that helps underprivileged youth to develop skills for the job market through professional training, mentorship and labour market guidance. Through it, private sector businesses can offer pro-bono consulting services to micro-entrepreneurs to strengthen their enterprises and their surrounding communities.
EARTH University, Costa Rica
EARTH University is a non-profit higher educational institution that aims to prepare young people from a variety of backgrounds to contribute to the sustainable development of their countries. Its curriculum is founded on the precepts of entrepreneurship, environmental and social consciousness, ethical values, and scientific and technical knowledge.
Tenaris University, Argentina
Tenaris University is a corporate university where internal experts recruited from within the company serve as the main body of instructors. The university not only encompasses training but all aspects of knowledge management, including defining and implementing different learning methods, and coordinating other company initiatives in the field of education.
The IESB is a higher education institution that applies pedagogical principles to the development of young people. Students are in charge of their own learning experiences and the curriculum is centred on problem-solving with the aim of preparing students for the world of work.
SENA is a national training service established to make Columbia more competitive in global markets. SENA’s main goal is to provide a high-quality education to workers, but it also aims to promote economic growth through technical support to companies and by backing innovative projects.
El Sistema, Venezuela
El Sistema is a publicly-financed music education program that uses music to train and rehabilitate young people, and to prevent criminal behaviour. Participation is free for all students and the programme emphasises intensive ensemble participation, group learning and peer teaching from the earliest stages.
Start-up Chile, Chile
Financed by the Chilean government, this program seeks to attract early stage, high-potential entrepreneurs to bootstrap their start-ups in Chile, and use it as a platform to expand globally. Its end goal is to convert Chile into the definitive innovation and entrepreneurial hub of Latin America.