Daniel Chavez Moran: Education Gap in Latin America

Daniel Chavez Moran on education gapDaniel Chavez Moran created Fundación Delia Moran A.C. in 2002 in honor of his mother, a dedicated and caring schoolteacher, to provide assistance to children ages 6 to 12 whose day-to-day life is a struggle to survive in a battle against poverty and ignorance.

Daniel Chavez Moran also salutes the work of WorldFund.org, founded by Luanne Zurlo after a nine-year career as a securities analyst on Wall Street “to minimize the education gap in Latin America by investing in high-quality and outcome-driven schools and education programs that serve impoverished children.”

Startling statistics from the WorldFund website:

  • Latin Americans receive an average of six years of schooling, compared to nine-and-a-half years in the OECD (Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development) countries.
  • Nearly one-third of children in primary school in Latin America repeat a grade. The additional cost to the region’s education systems has been estimated at $4 billion per year.
  • Brazil, Chile, Mexico and Peru rank behind Uganda, Zambia, Botswana and Burundi in the quality of their math and science education.
  • In Mexico, only 13 percent of adults receive a high school diploma versus 87 percent of American adults.
  • Over 50 percent of Mexican and Brazilian 15-year old youth are functionally illiterate and thus unable to compete in today’s economy.

Related posts: Daniel Chavez Moran on the next generation of international leaders and Daniel Chavez Moran on youth and social inclusion.

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About danielchavezmoran

Daniel Jesus Chavez Moran is widely recognized for modernizing the Mexican tourism industry in the 1990s. Now retired, Chavez Moran now dedicates his time to his family, philanthropy and the support of educational programs.
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