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    Archive for September, 2013

    Better education: a feat for Panama’s Ngäbe-Buglé indigenous territory

    By - 26 Sep 2013

    by Angela Funez*

    Video is in Spanish

    We often ask:  why do so many children not attend school? Or: Why do schools lack trained teachers? But we seldom think about the challenges that poor families in remote communities must face in order that their children attend school. And how difficult it is for governments to provide acceptable educational services under such conditions.

    Juana Santos, who lives in the Ngäbe-Buglé indigenous territory 300 kilometers west of Panama City, has two major goals: that her children, Magdiel and Hector, receive a good education; and that they come back home from school safe and sound after a long and risky journey that includes crossing rivers and makeshift bridges. Some of her neighbors’ children must walk up to three hours to get to school, which many do on an empty stomach.

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