In Uruguay, the first Saturday of October is Día de Patrimonio, or Heritage Day, an event sponsored by the Ministry of Education and Culture. Sites all across the country open for visitors for free, similar to OpenHouse London. This year’s theme recognizes the outsized role public education has played in Uruguay’s highly integrated society, commemorating figures such as José Pedro Varela, who spearheaded free, mandatory, and secular K-6 public instruction in the 1870s. In the link below, I invite you to look at some photos taken by my friend Miguel Noble that highlight education in the city of Melo and Cerro Largo Department.
“All the great demands of democracy, all the demands of the Republic, have only one possible means of realization: educate, educate, always educate”
-José Pedro Varela