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23.6.2021 | Mariah O'Mara

HundrED JP Morgan & IDB Spotlight the Top 15 Innovations Fostering 21st Century Skills

Global education non-profit HundrED and the Inter-American Development Bank have spent the last year researching effective models for cultivating 21st Century Skills in students for their 21st Century Skills. Findings from the Spotlight Report on 21st Century Skills in Latin America and the Caribbean released highlighting innovations all of whom feature citizenship education and SEL programs

Today, HundrED, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), and JPMorgan Chase are pleased to announce the 15 selected innovations for their 21st Century Skills in Latin America and the Caribbean Spotlight Report. They were chosen from a total of 380 proposals from 16 countries making it one of the most successful HundrED Spotlights of all time.

The Spotlight aims to identify effective models for cultivating 21st-century skills in students by looking for innovations in learning from the region.

What are 21st Century Skills? 

According to IDB, the most important 21st-century skills to foster in 2021 are: adaptability, collaboration, communication, creativity, critical thinking, digital, empathy, entrepreneurship, ethics, global citizenship, growth mindset, leadership, learnability, mindfulness, motivation, perseverance, problem-solving, resilience, self-awareness, and self-regulation.

The IDB 21st Century Skills Initiative will continue to prioritize programs related to the coordination of policies and solutions at the regional level to address and mitigate the combined consequences of structural inequality and COVID-19 in Latin America and the Caribbean. As part of IDB’s Vision 2025 to turn the crisis into an opportunity for the region, IDB has prioritized 5 key areas to ensure that the region recovers robustly and sustainably — developing talent and relevant skills will be a central part of it. 

“We hope that the innovations reflected in this report will serve as a useful reference to strengthen learning ecosystems —and ultimately contribute to achieving more prosperous societies. We ask for your help broadcasting these success stories and hope they will help investors, entrepreneurs, and policymakers identify, learn from, and scale innovations that will greatly impact the region,” remarks Benigno López Benítez, Vice President for Sectors and Knowledge at the IDB.

In partnership with HundrED and JPMorgan Chase & Co, IDB fulfilled the initial aim to gain insight about the enabling conditions to successfully implement programs that help students develop life skills. 

“Now more than ever, businesses have a responsibility to step up and help solve pressing challenges around the world. An economy that is equitable and works for more people, especially those who have been underserved for decades, is good for the communities we serve, our employees, and our business. This conviction is reflected in how JPMorgan Chase does business every day” at JP Morgan.

“There is much to be done to improve our educational systems, and it is a shared responsibility that involves governments, businesses, academia, citizens - an entire ecosystem. We created this report with the intention that it would serve as an open invitation for dialogue. Our hope is that we can collectively imagine a better future and begin thinking about what it will take to get there” Saku Tuominen, Co-Founder and Creative Director at HundrED.

J.P. Morgan’s collaboration with IDB and HundrED is part of the firm’s $350 million, a five-year global initiative to prepare for the future of work and meet the growing demand for skilled workers. “Business leaders have an important role to play in addressing structural inequalities by helping people in underserved communities access training and skills for the workplace of the future. As part of J.P. Morgan’s commitment to preparing people for the future of work, we are joining this effort to help connect youth across Latin America with stable and promising career pathways that can boost social mobility.” Hanka Boldemann, Executive Director Jobs & Skills International, Global Philanthropy at J.P. Morgan.

The selected innovations cover topics ranging from peer to peer and civic education mentoring programs to entrepreneurship education and comprehensive intervention programs. Innovations were carefully reviewed based on their impact and scalability by HundrED and a specialized Advisory Board composed of over 67 education experts in the region. You can find the full list of 15 selected innovations below and download the 21st Century Skills Spotlight Report to see the full list.

The 15 innovations selected as part of the 21st Century Skills in Latin America and the Caribbean Spotlight include: 

Academias Ciencia Joven / ACJ, Chile - Comprehensive intervention program for educational communities through STEM education
aeioTU.pngaeioTU Educational Experience, Colombia - A pedagogical curriculum developed to promote children to be creative and competent citizens of society 
APA.pngAnseye Pou Ayiti (APA), Haiti - Anseye Pou Ayiti is a movement to equip a network of Haitian civic leaders for educational justice 
4.pngCaixa de Ferramentas Jovem (Youth2Youth – CxFY2Y), Brazil - Promote to Prevent. Peer to Peer Mental Health
camera.pngCámara Mágica Foundation, Chile - A program that creates children’s stories with cultural identity that are then turned into books to be donated to children 
bykids .pngCreating Together by By Kids to Kids, Brazil - An innovative teaching methodology through which children exercise verbal, visual, gestural and auditory communication
E4S.pngEducation for Sharing (E4S), Mexico - Forming better global citizens from childhood through the power of active play
mustakis.pngFundación Mustakis, Chile - A program that designs, creates and implements innovative, non-formal learning experiences in the areas of science and technology, art and culture, body and expression and nature. 
aldea.pngLa Aldea: Stories to stay at home, Colombia - An education strategy, designed to provide schools, government institutions, and cooperation agencies with the necessary tools to implement a ready-to-use and scalable educational emergency strategy which involves students, teachers, and families
maia.pngMAIA Impact School, Sololá, Guatemala - The MAIA Impact School is Central America’s first secondary school designed specifically for Maya girls in rural Guatemala
nube.pngNube Lab, Chile - A pedagogical model that develops and enhances essential creative skills to face the new challenges raised by contemporary societies.
puentes.pngPuentes Educativos, Chile - A project that develops 21st-century skills and community participation for students in rural areas
self sustaining .pngSelf-sustaining School Model, Paraguay - An educational model based on “learning by doing, selling and earning”, giving underprivileged young students access to quality education
seres.pngSERES, Guatemala - Professional and personal development program that stimulates an active civil society driving towards the achievement of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals
leader.pngTo be a Leader Project, Bogota, Colombia - An educational project with a psychosocial approach.

The 15 selected innovations will be featured in a report and a series of videos that will be promoted globally after June 23rd. To download the 21st Century Skills Spotlight Report once available please visit: