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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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Immigrant Caravan - Migration remains one of President Donald Trump's political pressure points, as he promises to crack down on illegal immigration like never before. But with buzzwords like 'catch-and-release' flying around, it's difficult to sort facts from political fiction. Correspondent Alasdair Baverstock looks deeper into the issue. Students Crossing - The best way to assess the impact of U.S. immigration policy on children of deported parents is to spend the day with them. That's according to child welfare authorities.

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Lifeline for Haiti - In recent years -- money sent by Latinos abroad.. .to their families back home -- has grown. In fact...from 20-16 to 20-17...they sent a total of 75-billion dollars...a new record, according to the World Bank. The money...called, remittances reflect the rise of migration across the continent..."two-thirds" of migrants from Latin America -- live in the United States. One of the countries that receives the most -- is Haiti, where the money accounts for almost 35-percent of the GDP.

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Mexico - Tech-Mex - Part of U.S. President Donald Trumps' "get-tough" policy is expected to include an increase in the expulsion of undocumented citizens to their home countries. Mexico is one of the nations that might face the largest number of returnees. For many of them it could feel like starting over as they know little about the language and culture of their country of origin. That makes things like finding a job difficult. But the digital startup sector in Mexico is viewing the return of migrants from the U.S. as an opportunity.

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Guatemala - Girls at Risk (Harris Whitbeck) - It was an event that shocked the entire country and made headlines around the world. 42 girls, locked up in a state home for children in Guatemala --burned to death. The fire broke out following protests and accusations of poor conditions and abuse. The incident also revealed many of the vulnerabilities faced by young people. More than a year after the tragedy the victim's relatives are still looking for answers. Correspondent Harris Whitbeck tells us more about Guatemala's girls at risk.

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Guatemala - Unearthing Answers - Guatemala is one of the Central American countries that suffered the most during the Cold War - a time of post-World War Two tensions between the Soviet Union and the United States. In particular a civil conflict in Guatemala from 1960 to 1996 that left hundreds of thousands dead -- and tens of thousands missing. More than two decades after the end of the conflict, forensic anthropologists are helping families who have been searching for their disappeared loved ones. Harris Whitbeck explains from Guatemala City.