In Argentina, the peso is plunging, inflation is rising, and the state is making deep cuts to its science budget. The lack of money and the faltering economy mean that researchers can’t afford to publish their research or to attend conferences.
Public school classrooms in Buenos Aires are bursting at the seams, but new construction projects are at a standstill. Meanwhile, teachers worry that the poor learning environment will come at a cost for students.
Zimbabwe’s capital, Harare, is growing quickly, and the government struggles to meet the city’s education needs. In neighborhoods without public schools, illegal for-profit schools are springing up, providing students with education – and a host of challenges.
High fees keep many children in Zimbabwe out of public schools that are supposed to be open to everyone. In one Harare neighborhood, young adults who lost their chance at education as children say a brand-new public school is too expensive for them to attend.
At Yolé! Africa, young people from multiple ethnic groups work together to create art and learn job skills. In a country where ethnic tensions often result in violence, the center is an unusual environment where people collaborate to promote peace.
A former child soldier started an amateur boxing club in Democratic Republic of Congo to help other young soldiers move beyond their pasts. Now, boys and men from varying ethnic groups work together to find success in the boxing ring.
Zimbabwe used to have one of the finest school systems in Southern Africa, but, despite its policy of inclusive education, 67 percent of school principals in Zimbabwe have had difficulty recruiting specialist teachers, according to one survey. Lack of funding is blamed, and some educators fool themselves into thinking that handling special-needs students is an easy job.
In 2016, Uganda categorically banned corporal punishment in schools. But two years later, as students continue to report being beaten, and experts debate the merits of caning, the issue remains far from settled.
The education system in Guatemala lacks teachers and materials, while student enrollment and performance are spotty at best. But rural classrooms are integrating a new feature: 28,000 state-of-the-art, education-oriented tablets, donated by outside organizations.