© 2016 Dav Idveg / Raul M
When Bill Gates—who is likely the world’s wealthiest man at any given time—decided to dedicate half of his personal riches to philanthropic endeavors, the world was shocked. The resultant BIll & Melinda Gates Foundation (Melinda Gates being his wife) is the single largest private foundation on earth. With assets of more than $42.3 billion, it is also the wealthiest.
With the resources at its disposal, the Gates Foundation has the power and reach to affect major change across the globe. Its main goals are to improve healthcare and reduce extreme poverty all across all over the world, and it has already done much to achieve these goals. From the near-total eradication of polio, to making huge strides in erasing malaria, the foundation has contributed to causes with financial and technical support that make the world a better place.
But the focus of the Bill & Melinda Gates foundation in its home country of the United States is solely on improving education. While the United States is considered one of the world’s most developed countries, discrepancies between the rich and poor, people of color, and regional differences means that poverty persists in the country. The U.S. Division of the Gates Foundation works to improve high school and postsecondary education in the country. It focuses on creating equality of access and quality and increasing overall educational quality so that students are better prepared for college course-work. What Bill Gates recognizes is that, even in a country that seemingly has everything, excellence in education for all is the only thing that can reliably reduce poverty and close the gap of inequality.
A country in a similar situation to that of the United States is Argentina. Argentina is certainly one of the wealthiest and most developed countries in South America, with a high standard of living and a progressive outlook on education. In December of 2006, the Argentine Chamber of Deputies and Congress passed a new National Education Law making secondary education both compulsory and a universal right, blazing a path for people of all socioeconomic backgrounds to gain a free and high quality education. © 2016 Dav Idveg / Raul M
The problem, of course, is that some people, like in any country, fall through the cracks. Just as Bill Gates and his foundation work to improve the reach of the state education apparatus, Argentina had to find a way to educate those that seek it. A new organization has been set up to deliver to Argentina’s citizens their right to a quality secondary education called “Instituto Secundario Acelerado a Distancia para Adultos” – ISADA.
Based in the city of Córdoba, ISADA serves adults that, for one reason or another, have not completed their secondary education and cannot attend regular classes in person to do so. It offers a comprehensive “Bachiller” (with a focus on general humanities and sciences)
educational program that takes 29 months to complete, and can be done remotely via distance learning initiatives.
ISADA has helped 3500 adults graduate over the last three years, and their new degrees allow them to enter university should they so choose. The transformative effect that ISADA can have on lives, and entire communities, is profound. With the ultimate in flexibility, and the highest quality instruction and access to learning materials, ISADA is keeping the promise of true public education alive in Argentina. The organization offers full and partial scholarships to those who have difficulty paying tuition, bringing an equality of opportunities to those in need.
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