Lessons learned - This Issue

Following in their footsteps

First in a four-part series on education and the pandemic in Costa Rica. That grin: a mischievous flash under hair shaped into crocodile spikes. Curls that were perfectly arranged, yet bounced and flew when their wearer raced down the stairs of an iconic...

La Niña Gladys, among maps and numbers

She was a teacher the way they used to be. Una niña de antes. La Niña Gladys de Durán (niña, or little girl, was what teachers used to be called, and de Durán, "of" her husband's last name). I'm talking about...

Educating in a pandemic: a family tale 1, 2, and 3

What has pandemic education meant to you? Have you experienced it as a parent, teacher, grandparent, onlooker? In Costa Rica, or somewhere else in the world? Our month-long March edition is a deep dive into the experiences of educating our children and...

Teaching on quicksand

In the final installment of our March series, we'll portray the classrooms and Zoom meetings where education is taking place in Costa Rica today, and paint a picture of schools still in the clutches of the virus. What's working, and what...

Bricks and mortar, wood and tin

In one of the three communities from our 2006 series, La Carpio, the local school has changed completely since we first reported there. What changes when Latin America's largest binational community, a mix of Nicaraguan and Costa Rican families trying to...

Inequality and the virus

This week, we'll share what we've learned from talking to teachers and students, principals and parents, analysts and community leaders about inequality in Costa Rican schools... and the ways in which the pandemic has shown possible solutions to the problems that...