European Union Ambassador Kenny Bell announced a US$36.4 million EU donation for the Nicaragua Education Development Program to strengthen the Ortega government’s Free and Quality Education Model which has remodeled more than 70 schools and equipped some with solar energy systems. The European aid will fund the purchase of 1.5 million textbooks for 320,000 public and subsidized secondary school students. The Department of Rio San Juan, which borders Costa Rica, received 18,490 textbooks in math, language and literature, English, and natural and social sciences last week according to Ministry of Education Departmental Delegate Isabel Delgado. The EU aid began in 2015 as part of a five year commitment to help improve education through support of the Ministry of Education. The program is particularly focused on secondary school access and completion in rural areas and among vulnerable populations. Another objective is to improve teacher quality. The program is being implemented in the 43 poorest of Nicaragua’s 153 municipalities. (Nicaragua News, May 9; El Nuevo Diarion, May 7, NicaNet May 10)
Garay’s exhibition Creation Myths of Mesoamerica: Popol Vuh and Quetzalcóatl opens on Friday, May 6,at the Santa Fe Art Institute. Garay first lived in Costa Rica and then in Toronto, Canada, where he now has citizenship. His journey is reflected in The Long Road, a children’s book he authored and illustrated, but it is not an autobiographical account. It is drawn from his own experience as an immigrant only insofar as his story is a common one, not just in Latin America but the world over. “There are situations you face in your life when you become an immigrant. Anyone can be one,” he said. The story follows a boy named José who lives in an unnamed Latin American country. When a civil war breaks out, José is forced to flee with his mother. They head north to begin a new life in a foreign country
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Luis is a writer and illustrator living in Granada, Nicaragua. He is also on the board of directors for the Puedo Leer library foundation.
The Puedo Leer Team