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Education and the Future of Latin America

Alejandro Toledo Manrique
Education and the Future of Latin America
ISBN: 978-1-62637-957-2
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2021/246 pages/LC: 2021015773
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"Toledo guides the reader through a comprehensive and compelling presentation of key issues, challenges, and cases.... Combining scholarly research with powerful personal reflections, this book is an important resource for any student or scholar of comparative education, education in Latin America, or political and educational leadership."—Thomas Luschei, Claremont Graduate University

"Toledo has managed in one book to synthesize the myriad challenges Latin America faces in improving its educational systems and the eralistic, evidence-based policies needed to overcome them. This is a must read for both those studying Latin America and policymakers in the region."—Martin Carnoy, Stanford University


What will it take to overcome the many challenges that Latin America faces in developing quality, inclusive education for its diverse population? That is the question at the heart of Alejandro Toledo's new book.

Toledo begins from the premise that the uneven caliber of schools and universities in the region is only part of the problem. Drawing on his own childhood experiences living in deep poverty, he addresses the inequalities in health care, the large pockets of economic deprivation, and the discrimination against Indigenous peoples that continue to characterize Latin American societies—conditions of rural education, and the pitfalls of privatizing higher education. His examples of successes, and his call for sustained political leadership in reforming education, are both realistic and refreshingly candid.


Alejandro Toledo Manrique, former president of Peru (2001-2006), is now president of the Global Center for Development and Democracy. He is author of The Shared Society: A Vision for the Global Future of Latin America.


  • A Vision for Quality Education in Latin America.
  • The Inequality of Educational Outcomes.
  • Building the Foundation for Better Education.
  • The Imperative of Early Childhood Education.
  • Bringing Quality Education to Rural Areas.
  • Education Policy for Indigenous Populations.
  • Teachers and Teaching.
  • The Challenges of Crime and Violence.
  • Bridging the Digital Divide.
  • Higher Education as a Force for Greater Equality.
  • The Crucial Role of Sustained Public Leadership.