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2021 Challenge

How can under-resourced populations across Latin America and the Caribbean develop the necessary skills to access good jobs, better opportunities, and overall well-being?

About the challenge

As a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, over 165 million students were out of school and over 26 million jobs were lost in the Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) region. Covid-19 also amplified LAC’s existing inequities across socioeconomic status, age, geography, race and ethnicity, digital access, and gender. In fact, job loss in the LAC region has disproportionately affected women and has increased inequities for informal workers (who make up 60 percent of LAC active workers), youth, lower-skilled workers, people with disabilities, and Indigenous peoples.

While the pandemic has shown successful models of how remote learning and work can help to level the playing field, flexible education and training will need to be further prioritized to provide people across the LAC region with quality learning and employment opportunities. To close the skills gap, infrastructure and innovation will be top of mind, including broadening access and opportunities for remote learning and training. As we prepare for a post-Covid world, people across the region must be equipped with the capabilities, skills, and lifelong learning opportunities to prosper in the work of the future. Now more than ever, solutions are needed to drive innovation and leverage technology to develop people’s potential to learn and obtain good jobs.

To that end, the 2021 TPrize Challenge seeks technology-enabled solutions across Latin America and the Caribbean that:

  • Support teachers and educational institutions with teaching and learning methodologies, tools, and resources that help develop future skills for students
  • Design, create, and implement new educational or training models for educators and students that guarantee access to quality education in low connectivity environments
  • Promote the assessment and recognition of skills developed outside the formal educational system
  • Offer training and flexible curriculum in hard (technical) and soft (social and interpersonal) skills, preparing people for the work of the future

Important dates

March – April 2021

Challenge Design workshops

June 10, 2021

Challenge Launch

September 3, 2021

Submission deadline

November, 2021

Finalist Announcement

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