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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.

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