In La Victoria, Ecuador, alternatives to lead glazing of tiles and painting bowls with gasoline in La Victoria are not perfect, but their intentions—healthy children—are great.
An impoverished Ecuadorian community thrived in the 1990s making roof tiles—but their children paid a horrific price.
Philip Fearnside, a biologist who studies the relationship between human activities, such as agriculture, and the protection of tropical forests, says that soy production threatens the Amazon forest.
Ecuador's government is pushing for a "culture of quality" that emphasizes higher education and improved academic rigor. However, freedom to choose a path of study is not guaranteed.
Despite educational obstacles and a lack of resources in rural schools, Ecuadorian students and teachers harbor high hopes for the future.
Will the changes to Ecuador's educational system be positive for the country?
"My parents have worked all their lives for my education." An Ecuadorian student in America on the challenges and benefits of private education.
In Quito, residents' daily lives reflect their socioeconomic status. However, nationwide development and improvements to the education system may help close the gap.
For some students in Ecuador, it’s not the need to achieve a certain status that drives the will to learn. It’s the community that raised them: sisters, brothers, neighbors and teachers.
Granting lucrative mining concessions to Chinese companies, Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa says, “We cannot be beggars sitting on a bag of gold.”
Evidence of climate change spreads across Ecuador's fourth highest summit, Antisana, with land and lakes emerging where glaciers previously masked the surface.
Latin America now faces the challenge of coping with the potentially devastating impacts of climate change.