Training scientists in Latin America using participatory education

Source: Latin American Science

Latin America is home to 10% of the world's population but contributes only 5% to global scientific knowledge, as measured by scientific publications and patents. On the global stage, the region is underrepresented in terms of science, technology and innovation. And if we look outside of Latin America, we see that Latin Americans also remain a minority across various scientific fields. While many interventions have been designed in an attempt to minimize this gap, few have been successful.

There are certain reasons that could explain the various reasons why these measures have not increased the quantitative and qualitative production of science in the region. Establishing the foundations of science education in developing countries faces challenges such as limited resources required to apply an effective curriculum and the social, economic and political context of each region.

Among the countries that make up Latin America, Bolivia represents an interesting case to be examined. With 36 different indigenous groups making up 70% of the population, it’s one of the most diverse countries in Latin America. Meanwhile, Bolivian cities are projected to be the fastest growing economies by 2030.