8 Most Educated Countries in Central and South America

We present you with the list of the most educated countries in Central and South America. Insider Monkey shows you a great compilation again. First public education of Latin America started in Uruguay by 1820s, followed by Mexico, Costa Rica, Venezuela, and Cuba. The period of late 19th and beginning of 20th century was seen as a period of establishing public education but also the awareness of the importance of education of all citizens in general. In 1948 the Organization of American States (OAS) pronounced a statement that primary education should be free, compulsory and universal (following the statement of UNESCO brought up earlier the same year).

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Now without a further ado let’s see what Insider Monkey has investigated for us. We have picked two of the most educated countries in Central and South America from their list.

The first one is Panama. Panama’s education was once considered among the worst in the world. But as we see, being among the most educated countries in Central and South America concerning the level of tertiary education, the tides have changed. The leading universities are Universidad de Panama and Universidad Tecnologica de Panama. Apart from domestic universities, there are many branches of US universities as well. The second country on our short list should be Peru. Peru has gone through massive education reforms in the nineties which enabled free compulsory education for all in a duration of 11 years (between 5 and 16), and there are four educational levels: primary, secondary, vocational and technical, and the university as tertiary education. What makes Peru among the most educated countries in Central and South America is the high number of universities, having 51 public and 89 private universities. But there is a concern of the quality of Peruvian private universities, and because of that government is in the process of quality control, after which it is possible that many of these universities will lose the license.

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