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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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.

Peru - Counterfeit Money

Peru - Counterfeit Money (Dan Collyns) - The Peruvian capital of Lima is the "fake dollar" capital of the world, according to the United States Secret Service. For the past four years, the U.S. government has declared Peru the world's leading producer of fake US currency. That's a fact drawing a lot of attention to the clandestine world of Peru's counterfeiters as Correspondent Dan Collyns reports.

 

Brazil - Syrian Refugees

Brazil - Syrian Refugees (Gerry Hadden) - As European countries squabble over how many refugees from the Syrian war to take in, an unlikely and far-away country has already opened its doors: Brazil. "The Giant of the South" has taken in over 2000 Syrians, and has plans for 20,000 more this year. The country is fast-tracking their visas, making it an easy and safe destination. However, many Syrian refugees know very little of Brazil.

 

Argentina - Beef Up

Argentina - Beef up (Joel Richards)