The Paraguayan government, led by freshly sworn-in President Mario Abdo Benitez, announced the launch of a national dialogue on education reform last month. In an interview, Andrew Nickson explains why this process probably won’t spur the kinds of changes needed to improve Paraguay’s dysfunctional schools.
Pakistan’s youth bulge could be a demographic dividend if young Pakistanis are fully employed in productive activities. But if bleak economic prospects persist, a large, disaffected youth population could be just the opposite, further threatening Pakistan’s social and political stability.
In late September, Brazil’s Supreme Court narrowly ruled in favor of allowing religious education in public schools to be taught by people promoting their own faith. In an email interview, Simon Schwartzman discusses the implications of the decision and how Brazil’s education system is faring as a whole.