Centenarians

Privatizing Education In Haiti & Evelina Cabrera

Haiti - Privatizing Education

In many societies private education is a luxury that only the wealthiest can afford. So you may be surprised to learn that in Haiti, the poorest country in the Western hemisphere, far more children attend private schools than state schools. This despite the fact that nation's constitution stipulates that all Haitian children have the right to a free education. Unfortunately, no government in Haitian history has come close to achieving that. Setbacks, including the 2010 earthquake in which at least 200,000 people died, have made the challenge more difficult to achieve. But as CGTN's Stephen Gibbs reports from Port au Prince, efforts are being made to make educating children less of a financial burden for parents.

Game Changer Argentina - Evelina Cabrera (video above)

Argentina is famed for football. It is the country of some of the greatest players of all time, Lionel Messi and Diego Maradona. But while women's football grows around the world, in Argentina the sport lacks organization. And those women wanting to play also suffer discrimination, and at times worse. Growing levels of domestic violence have lead Argentina to hold demonstrations to demand a stop to violence against women. One woman is trying to promote football as a way to help break boundaries and raise social awareness.

Urban Voices - Mexico Mariachis

Mariachi are a symbol of Mexico. The United Nations recognizes Mariachi music as part of the intangible Mexican heritage. Yet until recently the only place to learn this regional genre was on the streets. Plaza Garibaldi, an open square in downtown Mexico City where you can listen to Mariachis 24/7/365 was considered the "mariachi university." In an attempt to formalize the genre, the "Escuela de Mariachi" is teaching pupils, documenting the tradition, ensuring its transmission and aiming to give it it's true value. Alvaro Mora, coordinator and violin teacher at the school comes from a family of 3 generations of mariachis. At 15 he started playing his violin in a mariachi group. 28 years on he's never worked as anything else.

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Privatizing Education in Haiti & Latinos in Silicon Valley

Haiti - Privatizing Education (Stephen Gibbs) In many societies private education is a luxury that only the wealthiest can afford. So you may be surprised to learn that in Haiti, the poorest country in the Western hemisphere, far more children attend private schools than state schools. This despite the fact that nation's constitution stipulates all Haitian children have the right to a free education. Unfortunately, no government in Haitian history has come close to achieving that.

Mexican Raperas & Latina Scientist

Mexico - Raperas (Gerry Hadden) Murders of women have become so commonplace in Mexico in recent years, the term "femicide" is now firmly embedded in the country's vocabulary. And in most cases families claim authorities don't properly investigate. But women fighting for justice, security and equal rights in Mexico have a new and vocal ally in their cause: female rappers. The budding movement isn't drawing huge crowds but its message is resonating, especially among the younger generation. Correspondent Gerry Hadden reports on the Raperas of Mexico City.

Guatemala - Trademark Battle/Cuba - Farming Future

Guatemala - Trademark Battle Guatemala is recognized throughout the world for the quality of its intricately handwoven textiles. Mayan women have used them to make blouses known as huipiles that, over hundreds of years, have come to represent an important part of their cultural identity. The weaves have also become popular among contemporary designers who use them to create fashion accessories. But some Mayan women aren't happy about that. Saying their designs are being stolen, they have started a legal battle to trademark their products.

Colombia - Farc's Return to Civil Life/Panama - Drones Protect Territory

Colombia - FARC's return to civil life As fifty years of fighting end in Colombia, FARC rebels are trying to resume a normal life. But while they may be laying down their arms, many are not giving up the fight. Many FARC members claim that while they will surrender their weapons, they won't change their ideology. And transitioning back into society could take years. Panama - Drones protect territory A tribe in Panama with strong roots in the rainforest is seeking a land title to secure their territory. And they're protecting their borders with a surprising form of surveillance. Drones.

Centenarians and Recycling

Costa Rica - Centenarians (Harris Whitbeck) - The number of people who live to be 100 years or more is growing. It's estimated that there are more than 450,000 centenarians living across the globe and that segment of the population is the fastest growing one of all. Experts say there are many factors that contribute to the existence of centenarians and recently they have started identifying key traits that are common to them all. Those traits have also been found in five distinct areas around the globe, and two of them are in the Americas.