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.
The Andes' glaciers are rapidly melting as global temperatures continue to rise. Climate change has already taken a heavy toll on the glaciers of Antisana, Ecuador’s fourth highest mountain.
Climate change may affect not only the ice cap on Antisana, but also the páramo, the spongy grassland that surrounds it—and provides Quito, Ecuador's capital, with one-third of its water.
The rise of commercial hunting in Ecuador is disrupting the balance of the Ecuadorian ecosystem.
A recent report estimated that 12 tons of bushmeat is sold every year at the Pompeya market and most of the bushmeat is being hunted by the native Huaorani.
Nearly 50 species of animals are traded each year in the markets and the impact of the large scale poaching is causing problems for the environment. The hunting of large mammals is impacting seed dispersal and allowing for less control on the growth of smaller seed-eating rodents.