Improving Education in Latin America

What can we do to make education, employment, and legal infrastructure more available to the urban poor communities in Latin America?
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Background

Ericsson is working on the next generation global wireless mobile network, also known as 5G. The company is very keen on creating platforms for incentivizing good behavior, with a focus on responsible financial behavior among youth in densely populated urban areas.

Intent

In Latin America, like in many of the world's emerging economies, access to equalizing factors such as education, financial inclusion, employment, and legal infrastructure is patchy and biased towards demographics that are already wealthy or live within easy access to established infrastructure. This creates a "trap" for the urban poor, who live in distributed communities and are not adequately served by the country's infrastructure.

In the education sector, high-quality education that enables access to employment and greater participation in economic activity is largely limited to those who have access to brick-and-mortar infrastructure. There is a need to develop platforms that can extend educational, entrepreneurial, employment opportunities, and transparency to those who might not have equal access to high-quality options.

Approach

Education can be contextualized in many ways. On the one hand, it gives access to new opportunities, and on the other hand, it gives a person an ability to act and make decisions in leveraged ways. However, the way education is delivered often overlooks the type of thinking, capabilities, and opportunities that really need to be created in the context of people's lives, particularly for those who might not be able to afford to take years out of their lives to get educated. A team was tasked with developing the strategy and implementation plan for a large-scale intervention aimed at the urban poor living in geographically distributed communities in Latin America.

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