Rosa Maria Torres
Ambassador, Advisory

Rosa Maria Torres

Quito, Ecuador

I enjoy being a HundrED Ambassador. Me gusta ser Embajadora de HundrED. Traduje en mi blog algunos textos de HundrED al español para facilidad de la comunidad hispanohablante.

Educationist and linguist. Expert in lifelong learning. You can read about me here

Educational innovation and change is a field of special professional interest for me. In the 1990s, I worked at UNICEF-HQ as a Senior Education Adviser. My duties focused on non-formal education. One of my tasks was to co-ordinate, from UNICEF side, the joint UNESCO-UNICEF project "Education for All: Making It Work", a series of booklets and videos that highlighted powerful educational innovations from all over the world. In the late 1990s I worked as Programme Director for Latin America at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation based in Buenos Aires, where I conceptualized and organized the "Learning Community Initiative" (13 5-year projects in 9 countries in Latin America). I continued it from IIEP-UNESCO Buenos Aires, with WKKF funding.

I have been a member of various national and international juries and committees that award prizes to innovative and effective education practices. Among others:
- UNESCO Literacy Prizes, member of the International Jury (2000-2002)
- Qatar Foundation, WISE Prizes, member of the Education Commission (2012-2013)
- Líderes para Gobernar, Ecuador, member of the Jury selecting Best Practices in Education from the public sector (2017-2018).

I have visited numerous educational innovations in Asia, Africa, and Latin America and the Caribbean, and have written about many of them (Spanish and English). I study the Finnish education model, conducted a study visit in Finland in 2015 and am currently writing a book on Finnish education seen with Latin American eyes.

Why do you want to be a part of the HundrED Community?

I think I can be useful in identifying meaningful educational innovations in Latin America and the Caribbean, and in mobilizing critical thinking on this topic in the region.

How can education support students to flourish?

Not any education helps students flourish. Only good education. That is why we must make sure that all students get a quality education.

What role does innovation play in education change?

Thoughtful and relevant Innovation may trigger wider, systemic, education change.

Three HundrED innovations you love. (and Why?)

For various reasons, very different programmes.

- Fuji Kindergarten (Japan)
- Forest Schools (New Zealand)
- Democratic Kindergartens (Germany)

Three innovations you would love for HundrED to know about. (and Why?)

- CONAFE, Cursos Comunitarios, Mexico
CONAFE has a very interesting education model operating for many years in small rural communities. Strong school-community relationship.

- Plan CEIBAL, Uruguay
Uruguay is the first country in Latin America where all children have laptops and internet in schools (One Laptop Per Child).

- Educación Ambiental TINI, Perú-Ecuador (Environmental Education)
TINI was born in Peru and is being expanded in Ecuador to the whole school system.