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    Archive for August, 2015

    From queens of the house to owners of the field*

    By - 31 Aug 2015

    Written by Claudia Piras*

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    My daughter was 11 when we visited my family in Buenos Aires that year. One afternoon, as she does in Washington, she went with her cousins to play soccer in a nearby field. On her return, she told us surprised, rather proud, that the boys could not believe she knew how to play and that even some of them had approached to ask her where she came from. For Veronica, that moment on the field with a group of unknown boys became the most memorable anecdote of the trip. Read more…

    No, it’s wrong… These cannot be my children

    By - 20 Aug 2015


    Have you ever thought that one out of every five girls you know could be a victim of sexual violence? We were at a friend’s house this weekend, and we started a heated discussion about a topic that has been a lot in the press lately: rapes and sexual assault in university campuses in the US. One of the striking findings that comes out of the report of the White House is that almost 22 million girls, and another 1.6 million boys would have been raped during their lifetimes. We suddenly looked at each other, counted and realized that, statistically, there was a strong chance that this could happen to one of our babies. Imagine: just one out of five girls. The thing is, 98 percent of perpetrators are male. Read more…

    El Nino and our children in schools

    By - 13 Aug 2015

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    El Nino is coming, El Nino will have a strong impact… These are some the headlines of many newspapers in Latin America and the Caribbean. The media usually discusses whether governments are investing enough to mitigate possible natural disasters caused by El Nino in the short term. Yet, they rarely talk about how this phenomenon can impact child development, and they almost never mention how can this phenomenon or climate, in general, affect educational outcomes.
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    Live off the land, learn about life

    By - 6 Aug 2015

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    FCP students at La Guardia, along with their Professor of Crop Jhobana Veizaga, FCP; Emiliana Vegas, Head of the Education Division, IDB; Aimee Verdisco, Education Specialist, IDB Bolivia; Alvaro Puente, Executive Director FCP, and Gerard Raessens, Head of Environmental Management FCP.

    The smiles and curious faces of young people of the Agricultural College Foundation at Colonia Pirai (FCP) in Santa Cruz, greeted me warmly. They are students who are part of a project that is improving the lives of the residents of a region almost forgotten: the green and quality land of eastern Bolivia. Read more…