The Partnership for Educational Revitalization in the Americas (PREAL) was established by the Inter-American Dialogue in Washington, DC and the Corporation for Development Research (CINDE) in Santiago, Chile in 1995 to build a new constituency for education reform. It has become the strongest private voice on education in Latin America.
PREAL seeks to improve the quality and equity of education by helping public and private sector organizations throughout the hemisphere promote informed debate on education policy, identify and disseminate best practices, and monitor progress toward improvement. PREAL encourages business and civil society to work with governments in common efforts to improve education, and strengthens their capacity to do so. PREAL pursues this goal through three objectives:
- Involve civil society in education reform;
- Monitor progress toward improving education; and
- Enrich the thinking of decision-makers and opinion leaders on education policy.
PREAL works directly with national experts and policy institutions to achieve its goals. It has developed an extensive set of programs that include:
- Education report cards that establish benchmarks and monitor education progress at the regional, national and local levels in a concise, easy-to-understand format.
- Partnerships with national centers to promote informed debate on education policy, identify and disseminate best practices, and monitor progress toward improvement.
- Business-education partnerships that get business leaders actively involved in promoting education reform and providing direct financial support to education projects.
- A program on Central America that supports and strengthens civil society organizations working to improve the coverage, quality, equity, and efficiency of education systems in Central America.
- Conferences and seminars that bring leading figures in education policy to share insights and recommendations with Latin American audiences.
- A best practices program that identifies and disseminates information on policies and programs that have demonstrated their ability to improve the quality, equity, and/or efficiency of education systems in Latin America and the Caribbean.
- Cross-national networks of specialists working to develop policy recommendations on an array of issues.
- A website that makes all PREAL documents instantly available for downloading, and provides links to a broad set of websites of interest to education reformers.
- Publications that bring carefully selected policy analysis and best practices to the attention of policy-makers and opinion leaders.
NOTE: Publications are also available for download here.