Learning Agenda: Latin American & Caribbean (LAC) Education
The USAID Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) Education Learning Agenda is a set of questions that address critical USAID and partner knowledge gaps.
The Learning Agenda defines institutional learning priorities for education in the Latin America & The Caribbean region, linked to programming, decision-making, and collaboration efforts. By addressing the learning agenda questions, the The Bureau for Latin America & The Caribbean will generate evidence for implementing partners, host-country governments, and other donors and partners to strengthen systems and improve educational outcomes.
State of Evidence and Next Steps
The state of the evidence around each question is categorized into one of three Evidence categories: Evidence Generation, Evidence Capture, or Evidence Dissemination (noting that as of 2023, the questions only fell into two of these categories–generation and capture).
The identified state of evidence indicates the next steps necessary for implementing the Learning Agenda with respect to each question. In the next five years (2023-2028), in close coordination with its partners, USAID will synthesize and disseminate findings and recommendations for the questions with a more mature evidence base and will consolidate new research for questions that remain largely unaddressed.
Organizations or individuals with completed research can share it using USAID’s Evidence Submission Form below:
To conduct new research on these questions, contact the Office of Regional Sustainable Development at the Bureau for Latin America & The Caribbean: firstname.lastname@example.org
Learning Agenda Questions
1. How can schools and workforce development training contribute to reducing violence in LAC?
2. How does education influence irregular migration, and how does education interact with other migration push and pull factors?
3. What are the effects of the pandemic on learning loss in LAC, and the most effective ways to recover that loss while addressing pre-pandemic deficiencies?
4. How can technology contribute to equitably strengthening learning and teaching?
5. How can crucial gaps in soft-skills development be addressed most efficiently and effectively in formal and non-formal education settings?
6. How can barriers to accessing quality education be overcome in marginalized populations (e.g., indigenous youth, LGBTQ+ students)?
7. How can donors better engage local communities, the private sector, and other actors to drive more effective, local, and sustainable education solutions for all children and youth?
8. How can LAC education systems be strengthened to ensure resilience despite shocks? How do contextual factors affect what works best?
9. How can governments, donors, and other actors best ensure the quality and accessibility of non-state and faith-based education providers in LAC?
10. How can dropouts be mitigated and reintegration supported in LAC? What differential support is needed for diverse demographic groups, sectors, and grade levels?
11. How can schools, principals, and teachers best use assessment results and information on learning to improve the quality of instruction for all types of learners, grade levels, and contexts?
12. What workforce development models most effectively result in youth employability after completing secondary, technical, or university studies and training?