This project is aimed towards developing key skills in young talents from Paraguay through challenging mathematics classes designed to emphasize logical reasoning and the scientific method. The program focuses on students between 12 and 18 years old, predominantly from low-income families and with diminished academic opportunities. The project intends to provide improved chances of accessing to superior education for these young and it's the first and only one with these features in Paraguay.
Paraguayan students average less 50% in both national and international standardized mathematics tests. In this context, talented students do not find an appropriate environment to develop their abilities. Moreover, many of them belong to disadvantaged social sectors and have even less access to higher education and growth opportunities. In this way, Paraguay is losing many young talents, lowering the quality of human capital and adversely affecting the social and economic development.
By teaching mathematics through challenging problems, talented students get the opportunity to improve their mathematical and logical reasoning skills. Said preparation offers them the possibility to access scientific and technological careers in universities. This gives them the chance to become researchers or technical professionals in the future, and thus becoming active parts of the driving machinery of the country's economic development.
Each year, 120 talented students from disadvantaged social sectors will be formed in our Scientific Initiation Centers, oriented towards science and technology careers, growing a community of talented Paraguayans with high expertise to strengthen these areas in the country. Nonetheless, their involvement at Paraguayan universities will gradually benefit the whole pyramid of education all the way down. Our aim is to multiply these effects promoting social and economic development of the country.