In recent years, Latin American and Caribbean nations have accomplished across-the-board reductions in poverty and, in many cases, impressive growth rates. These positive trends have allowed for increased spending on education, but cannot obscure the huge challenges still faced by the region in this area. Improving primary education is particularly critical to future economic growth and democratic development, writes GIS guest expert Gabriel Zinny.

According to UNESCO data, the region’s outlay for education has risen modestly, from 4.5 per cent of its GDP to 5.0 per cent in this century. Simultaneously, retention rates for primary schools have improved from 85 to 88 per cent.

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 Gabriel Sanchez Zinny
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