STEM Brasil schools program (red) and training hubs for STEM Brasil teachers (blue)
Close to 25% of our strategic investments are directed toward Brazil, with a focus on math and science teacher training. Worldfund launched its teacher training program, STEM Brasil, in 2009. In 2010, the Worldfund Brasil office was established to support rapid Worldfund program expansion.
Brazil suffers from significantly low educational results. The latest results from PISA (Programme for International Student Assessment) on global education revealed Brazilian teenagers performing 7th worst among all OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) countries, down from 2012.
Among 72 countries, Brazil ranked 66th in math, 63rd in science, and 59th in reading. When placed among countries of similar socioeconomic standing, Brazil came in second to last.
PISA tests 28 million 15-year-olds in 72 countries around the world every three years. The two-hour exam covers basic math, reading, and science questions. In addition, the exam includes questions on financial literacy and collaborative problem solving. The 2015 edition is PISA’s 6th edition.
In Brazil, 23,141 students in 841 schools participated in the survey. PISA included every type of school offered in Brazil: local, state, federal, and public schools.
The implications for Brazil’s economy and society are profound; poor students are simply not gaining the competencies required to pass college entrance exams or to secure jobs in science and technology. The vast majority of university graduates (which is only 11% of the population) attended private high schools and only a fraction study the economically critical sciences.
The impact of our work in Brazil
Trained teachers: 4,058 (Training and support to public school teachers
in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math)
Direct impact: 458,178 students
At Worldfund, we measure what matters. Our dedicated Metrics & Evaluation team works closely with staff and participants to collect timely, relevant, and meaningful data on an on-going basis. All our data is used to help us learn what works well and what needs improvement on our programs so that we can provide the most effective training to educators and maximize our impact on students throughout Latin America.
Our data comes from three core categories/methods:
- Surveys of participants and students
- Site visits to schools
- State and national statistics and standardized tests
All Worldfund programs work to improve the quality of education in Latin America. Our metrics are focused on measuring this improvement in quality, and we also measure the intermediate steps that lead to this change.
Illustrative metrics for our programs include:
- Number of students reached
- Student pass/fail rates
- Increase in educator confidence
- Standardized test scores