Posted on July 15, 2014 by jpoertner
Here is an interesting and important piece about the youth of Paraguay. According to a recent study 66% of the Paraguayan population is under 30 years of age. Radio Free Europe recently put out a map that shows that 32% of the Paraguayan population is less than 14 years of age. This makes Paraguay one of the youngest countries in the world and ahead of most Latin American countries. In South American only Bolivia at 35% and Guyana at 36% have younger populations. That presents a real challenge and opportunity for the country. One particular challenge is education. Given the educational disparities it will be difficult to provide all of the countries youth a 21st Century education. If a family has resources, you can get a world class education. Otherwise it is a challenge.
Filed under: Civil Society, News from Paraguay | Tagged: Latin American countries, paraguay, Radio Free Europe | 1 Comment »
Posted on June 29, 2014 by jpoertner
The Kansas delegation of American Youth Leadership Program (AYLP) 2014, and family members, got acquainted June 23 evening. We appreciate the hospitality of KPP and especially Tina Williams at International House, Washburn University. Five youth from Topeka and Stilwell Kansas are part of 21 from 7 states who will travel to Washington and Paraguay during July. AYLP engages with new cultures to increase leadership skills and promote volunteer community service. It is funded by the US Dept. of State through Partners of the Americas. Comite Py Kansas will host in PY. Steve Richards is one of 3 mentors with the group.
Filed under: Civil Society, Kansas Youth Ambassadors, Partners of the Americas | Tagged: American Youth Leadership Program, Comite Py Kansas, Jay Newton, kansas paraguay partners, Partners fo the Americas, Steve Richards, Tina Williams, Tirzah Richards, Washburn University | Leave a comment »
Posted on June 25, 2014 by jpoertner
I knew that it was only a matter of time. Fort Hays State University just announced that Paraguayans Silvana Romero and Veronica Kurtz have signed to play soccer. I challenge other soccer coaches in Kansas to go to Paraguay and check out the talent.
Filed under: News from Paraguay, University Linkage | Tagged: Fort Hays State University, kansas paraguay partners, paraguay, Silvana Romero, Soccer, soccer coaches, Veronica Kurtz | 1 Comment »
Posted on June 12, 2014 by jpoertner
Anyone who has visited Paraguay has noticed or been appalled by the traffic. Fortunately the one year that I lived in Paraguay I did not drive and had no interest in trying. Just riding with someone else was enough anxiety for me. When talking with a Paraguayan student back in Kansas he was flummoxed by driving in Kansas. A memorable quote was; “You Americans are so crazy you stop at red lights even if there is no one else in the intersection.” To get an idea of how an American in Paraguay experiences driving check out this post from the site Why Paraguay.
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Posted on June 10, 2014 by jpoertner
Dr. Goering from Newton Kansas just received the Kansas Association of Family Practitioners’ Kansas Exemplary Teaching Award. Click on the link at the bottom to read about it.
Dr Goering has also participated in the Kansas-Paraguay Partners Family Practice Medical Exchange. The Exchange is a collaboration between the National University Medical School in Asuncion, the University of Kansas School of Medicine at Wichita and Partners of the Americas. Not familiar with the exchange? Here is what Merrill and Boots Raber’s 40 Year History of the Kansas-Paraguay Partners says about it.
In 1999 Rick Kellerman, M.D., went to Paraguay to support the new Family Medicine residency program that Dr. Wes Schmidt was establishing. Since that time, numerous physicians on the faculty of the respective medical schools have made the exchange. Physicians from Paraguay have found an opportunity to learn concepts and best practices of Family Medicine. Physicians from Kansas have learned international medicine and built relationships with colleagues in Paraguay…. More than 100 Family Medicine physicians are now trained and working in Paraguay. (page 39)
Filed under: Health Committee, Medical Exchange, News from Paraguay, Partners of the Americas | Tagged: Dr. Goering, Dr. Wes Schmidt, Kansas Association of Family Practitioners, kansas paraguay partners, KU School of Medicine Wichita, Merrill and Boots Raber, Partners of the Americas | Leave a comment »
Posted on June 9, 2014 by jpoertner
In case you are not up to date on the Paraguayan War of the Triple Alliance here is an interesting piece. This is from Wiki Wormhole. Anyone want to do some fact checking? The entry seems to on target according to my reading but I am no historian. I am always fascinated by the role of President Hayes.
Filed under: History, News from Paraguay | Tagged: paraguay, President Hayes, War of the Triple Alliance | Leave a comment »
Posted on June 7, 2014 by jpoertner