Who are we?
We are the first Research and Innovation Laboratory in Education for Latin America and the Caribbean. We were created in 2016 by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), with the support of the Ministries of Education in Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Peru, and Uruguay. Since 2018, the Ministries of Guatemala, Honduras and Panama have also joined us. Somos una organización regional sin fines de lucro.
SUMMA works across the region and has a permanent presence in Chile (head office), Argentina, Honduras, and Canada. The Board of Directors is made up of distinguished experts, former ministers of education and academics from ten countries in the region. Our professional team is made up of 8 nationalities. It is multidisciplinary (economists, sociologists, teachers, political scientists, lawyers, engineers, communicators, among others), highly qualified (80% have master’s degrees and approximately one third have PhDs) and experienced (from governments, academia, NGOs, and international organizations), which allows us to promote cutting-edge initiatives with a diverse and multicultural perspective. Actualmente trabajamos con actores e instituciones de más de 20 países de la región, con socios estratégicos de cuatro continentes (Europa, América, Asia y Oceanía).
Our mission is to promote social justice by promoting the right to education, with special attention to the most disadvantaged and historically excluded groups in society.
We seek to increase the quality, equity and inclusion of educational systems in Latin America and the Caribbean, supporting the improvement of decision-making processes, both in structural policies and in pedagogical practices in schools.
We improve decision-making in education, through the generation, synthesis, adaptation, diffusion and transfer of innovation, knowledge and quality evidence, through collaborative networks, advice and joint work with the ministries of education, school communities, and actors key players in the region, such as those dedicated to research and innovation and civil society.
2015 – Summit of the Americas Panama
Seven ministries of education in the region are calling for the creation of SUMMA. December 2015
2016 – Start of SUMMA operations
SUMMA operations start: Santiago, Chile. September 2016.
2017 – Official launch of SUMMA
Official launch of SUMMA: Washington DC. November 2016 | Launch SUMMA Chile – March 2017 |Launch SUMMA Uruguay – May 2017 | Launch SUMMA Ecuador – July 2017 | Launch SUMMA Mexico – March 2018 | Launch SUMMA Colombia.
2017 – First meeting of the Advisory Council on Education Policy
First meeting of the Advisory Council on Education Policy, Montevideo, Uruguay. May 2017.
2017 – Seminar Launch Effective Practices Platform
Seminar Launch Platform of Effective Practices: Quito, Ecuador. July 2017.
2017 – Launch Innovation Map
Launch Innovation Map, Santiago, Chile. August 2017.
2018 – T20 Summit 2018
SUMMA participation in “T20 Summit 2018” to advise the G20. Buenos Aires, Argentina. February 2018.
2018 – Launch of Platform Co+Incide
Launch of Plataforma Co+Incide: Mexico City. March 2018.
2018 – IDB Regional Public Goods Fund awarded
Award of the IDB Regional Public Goods Fund for the Implementation of SUMMA Phase 2. July 2018.
2018 – Launch of SUMMA in Peru
Seminar Launch of SUMMA in Peru: Lima Peru. October 2018.
2019 – T20 Summit 2019
SUMMA participation in “T20 Summit 2019” to advise the G20. Tokyo, Japan. December 2018.
2019 – Launch Project “CHAKA”
Launch Project “CHAKA: Bridges for Collaborative Learning” with Luksic Foundation. Arica, Chile. July 2019.
2019 – Legal constitution of “SUMMA Foundation”
Legal constitution of “SUMMA Foundation” as an autonomous and independent institution. December 2019.
2019 – First Board Meeting of the SUMMA Foundation
First meeting of the SUMMA Foundation Board. December 2019.
2020 – New Headquarters SUMMA offices
Inauguration of new offices of Headquarters SUMMA. Santiago, Chile. February 2020.
2020 – KIX Regional Project Launch
Launch of the regional KIX project together with Global Partnership for Education (GPE) and the International Development Research Centre (IDRC). June 2020.
2020 – Launch Global KIX Project
Launch of the global KIX Teacher Professional Development Project in Honduras, together with FIT-ED and the International Development Research Centre (IDRC). July 2020.
2020 – Launch 1st Innovation Competition
Launch 1st Innovation Competition for Educational Justice of the Lab-Ed SUMMA. August 2020.
2020 – Launch of the First GEM Report
Launch of the First GEM Latin American Report on the Right to Education and Inclusion, together with UNESCO. October 2020.
2020 – Campaign “Let’s build another education”.
Launch Campaign “Let’s build another education”. October 2020.