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The school days are the golden age, there's so much things going on all the new things to learn, friends, the first love...
The kids were excited leaving the school in groups of two and 3 chatting happily. These two girls stayed near the door and looked to it with a kind of expectation and anxiety. What were they waiting for? The pretty boy they are interested in?...

Day 8 - This picture was taken on the Taquile's public school. After the traditional dance presentation (see previous picture) our group was directed to big table to in order to have our lunch served. The locals manage all services offered to tourists on the Island, including meals, lodging and they also have their own shuttle service if you don’t want to take an agency service. They served us some a quinoa soup for entry and fish or a kind of tortilla similar to an omelet. The lunch finished we passed by the private and the public schools in the Island just on time to see their leaving. The girls wear a cute red skirt and all of them have a uniform and the same kind of backpack. I was wondering why the Island has a public and a private school. My guide had told me that they were not very happy with the public education, but didn't go further on the details. So I found the text bellow which kind of explains the reason: "Public education in peasant communities is a great problem all over Peru. Teachers simply do not show up or else they attend school 2 or 3 days each week. They frequently go on strike and Education authorities pay no attention to protests from the hinterlands. Therefore, Taquile has built its own private school and hires its teachers directly thus making them accountable to the very demanding community." (extracted from

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