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Grade 5, Unit 3, Lesson 7 Costa Rica Government Investigations

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Costa Rica Government Investigation 1

View the YouTube clip Costa Rica: Road to Equality

People of African descent in Costa Rica face discrimination.  Epsy Campbell is  seeking her political party’s nomination to run for president.  She wants more  representation in government from minorities who often face discrimination.  Go  to www.democracyaroundtheworld.wikispaces.com and click on the Costa Rica  link.  Then select Government Investigation 1.  Click on the video clip to learn  more about Epsy. 

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Costa Rica Government Investigation 2

Chinchilla Adelante is the first woman to be elected president of Costa Rica.

Costa Rica is a republic with three powers.  Executive responsibilities are  held by a president, legislative power is held bythe Legislative Assembly,  and judicial power is held by the Supreme Court.     There are two vice presidents as well as a cabinet designated by the  president. The president, vice presidents, and 57 Legislative Assembly  delegates are elected for four‐year terms.     A constitutional amendment approved in 1969 limited presidents and  delegates to one term, although delegates are allowed to run again for an  Assembly seat after sitting out a term.   (Information retrieved from wikipedia)


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Costa Rica Government Investigation 3

The Basilica Los Angeles  Cartago, Costa Rica   

The Costa Rican Constitution states that the Catholic, Apostolic, and Romanic Religion is the  official religion of the Republic.     The constitution also provides for freedom of religion.  The Government generally respects  this right. There were no reports of abuse or discrimination based on religious belief or  practice in 2007.  However, the Catholic Church is one of the most powerful, and wealthy,  organizations in the country.  The views of the Catholic Church heavily influence policy‐ making. 

Mormon Temple, San José, Costa Rica 


Grade 5, Unit 3, Lesson 7 Costa Rica Government Investigations

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Costa Rica Government Investigation 4

The literacy rate in Costa Rica is 94.9%.  This means most of the people can read.   This is one of the highest rates in the world.  Both elementary and high schools  are found throughout the country in practically every community. The  constitution says that every citizen has the right to public education.     All  students must receive a primary education.  Both preschool and high school are  free.  

        

Above are two schools in Costa Rica.  Even though school is free, many Costa Ricans  cannot afford the required uniforms. Some rural schools have no books for students.    Students spend about 3.5 hours a day in school.  The school class schedule is divided  into two sessions in order to accommodate the students.  How does this compare to  the amount of time you spend in school?      The Costa Rican Constitution says the state should help those who can’t afford  college. The Ministry of Public Education, established by the constitution, is in charge  of awarding scholarships. 


Grade 5, Unit 3, Lesson 7

GOVERNMENT INVESTIGATION:

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COSTA RICA

ASSIGNMENT: What kind of government does Costa Rica use to promote democratic principles? Examine Costa Rica Government Investigations 1-4. Use this graphic organizer to record the evidence that shows how Costa Rica promotes justice, equality, responsibility and freedom.

RESOURCE: IDENTIFICATION: (What kind of resource is this?) TYPE OF RESOURCE:

1

WHEN IT WAS CREATED:

CREATED BY:

TYPE OF RESOURCE:

2

WHEN IT WAS CREATED:

CREATED BY:

EVIDENCE: (What clues can you find that show how the country promotes democratic principles – justice, equality, responsibility, freedom?)


Grade 5, Unit 3, Lesson 7

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RESOURCE: IDENTIFICATION: (What kind of resource is this?) TYPE OF RESOURCE:

3

EVIDENCE: (What clues are provided about how the country promotes democratic principles – justice, equality, responsibility, freedom?)

WHEN IT WAS CREATED:

CREATED BY:

TYPE OF RESOURCE:

4

WHEN IT WAS CREATED:

CREATED BY:

EVIDENCE SUGGESTS COSTA RICA IS:

____PARLIAMENTARY REPUBLIC ____PRESIDENTIAL REPUBLIC ____CONSTITUTIONAL MONARCHY

Costa Rica Government Investigation  

This resource presents four investigations.

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