Ecuador By: Christine Panzitta, Jessica Savarese, and Sarah Polacco
Map of Ecuador • Borders Colombia, Peru and Pacific Ocean • Capital city: Quito • At 9,350 feet, it is the highest elevated city in the world. • Mostly tends to have hot to mild weather, year round. • Outside parts have heavy rain year round
Flag • First adopted in 1835 and finalized with in 1900. • Yellow: the sun and the gold of the ancestors • Blue: the ocean and the clear skies • Red: the blood of the heroes who died for their country’s Fatherland and Freedom. • Inside the shield: highest mountain in Ecuador- Chimborazo, with a river at its base. There is also a steamboat is named Guayas, and was the first water-worthy boat in Ecuador.
National Anthem: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=POE_fHCCzxU
Popular Art: • Artwork of the Tigua people. • Painted on sheepskin canvases. • Popular in tourist areas.
Culture: • 95% Roman Catholic, Spanish speaking • Majority are mestizo: European and Amerindian mixed. • Big on family values. Extended family and Godparents lives with them • Matriarchal society: Men are almost entirely inactive in the growth of their children. Women go to work, clean house, and raise kids. • At age 15: girls have a “coming out” party, or a Quincénera
Education in Ecuador: • Requires that all children attend school until they achieve a "basic level of education", (9 years, est.) • Average number of years completed is 6. • In 1996, the net primary enrollment rate was 96.9%, and 71.8% of children stayed in school until fifth grade. • Cost of education is borne by the government. • Provision of public schools falls far below the levels needed and class sizes are large. • In rural areas, only 10% of the children go on to high school.
Sources: • https://Youtube.com/watch?v=Fk10ZaaDnEU • https://Timeforkids.com/destination/ecuador/day_in_the_life • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Culture_of_Ecuador#Family • http://www.lonelyplanet.com/ecuador/weather • https://www.google.com/search?q=quinceanera