Educational Innovations Laboratory LAB-ED SUMMA

Its objective is to identify innovative solutions to address the main educational gaps in the region. At the same time, it seeks to strengthen and model educational innovation processes in the region, aimed at guaranteeing the right to education and reducing educational inequalities.

What is it?

SUMMA’s Educational Innovations Laboratory, created in 2020 in partnership with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), is a model for promoting regional educational innovation. By searching for, identifying, and supporting innovative educational initiatives, the model aims to generate, first, rigorous evidence that can be disseminated in the region. Secondly, the model aims to scale the innovations that achieve the greatest impact on the quality and equity of learning, in alliance and coordination with the Ministries of Education of the region. In order to achieve the proposed objectives, the Laboratory has a cycle of five annual stages: 1) definition of the regional agenda; 2) regional open competition; 3) support and accompaniment; 4) evaluation and dissemination of knowledge; and 5) support for scaling up.

Project objectives


To identify and promote the growth of educational innovations through the delivery of differentiated support, according to their stage of development.


To generate knowledge from new evaluations, and support practices that show higher levels of effectiveness in priority issues in the region.


To seek appropriation mechanisms by institutions and Ministries of Education that support the replicability and scalability of educational innovations identified by the model.

Impact on society

The calls in numbers


Innovations identified by the Innovation Contest.


Promising Innovations


Consolidated Innovations


Applicant countries


of the applications were made by private non-profit institutions.


of the applications were made by private for-profit institutions.


of the applications were made by centralized, subnational, and local public institutions.


of the applied innovations were educational programmes


of the applied innovations were digital learning platforms.

Discover the winning initiatives in the 1st Call for Educational Justice Innovation in Central America and the Caribbean

These are the Cometa Project of the Sembrando Juntos Association (Peru); TaRL remedial courses in rural contexts of the Centro de Investigaciones y Estudios Superiores en Antropología Social (CIESAS – Mexico); and Cambiando la Metáfora: uso del juego crítico of the Pontificia Universidad Católica (Chile).

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Discover the winning initiatives in the 2nd Call for Innovation for Educational Justice in Central America and the Caribbean

In the second edition, the initiatives recognized were Promoting Gender Equality in Schools by On Continue! (St. Lucia, Dominica and St. Vincent and the Grenadines); Conecta Aprende by the Zamora Terán Foundation (Honduras); the Leadership Program of the Zamora Teran Foundation (Honduras) Grenadines); Conecta Aprende of the Zamora Terán Foundation (Honduras); the Bay Island Educators Leadership Program of Partners in Education Roatan (Honduras); and Fortaleciendo habilidades en el aprender of Fundación Pedagógica de Cooperación Genuina (Nicaragua).

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Watch the seminar “Lab-Ed SUMMA: promoting education for Educational Justice”.

With the successful application of 25 initiatives from 10 LAC countries in the 2nd Call for Innovation for Educational Justice in Central America and the Caribbean, the seminar “Lab-Ed SUMMA: promoting education for Educational Justice” was held, in which the 4 winning innovations of this second edition were recognized.

The call organized by SUMMA and OECS through KIX LAC, with the support of IDRC Canada, awarded each innovation the sum of $10,000 dollars for its implementation and technical support with a workshop on theory of change and on the sustainability plan.


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Other projects


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Global Education Monitoring Report (GEM) is an independent, accredited and evidence-based report published by UNESCO. GEM LAC is the Latin American and Caribbean version, prepared by SUMMA in partnership with UNESCO.


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Coalition for the Global South: seeks to contribute to the achievement of Sustainable Development Goal 4, aimed at ensuring inclusive and quality education and promoting lifelong learning opportunities for everybody.


The project “Strengthening educational leadership skills to improve the resilience of kindergarten and nursery schools, SLEP Gabriela Mistral” is a SUMMA initiative in collaboration with the Local Public Education Service (SLEP) Gabriela Mistral that seeks to strengthen leadership skills, collaborative work and networking of directors at these educational establishments.

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