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Ecuadorian government launches an Education Return Plan

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The Ecuadorian government of Rafael Correa wants these qualified citizens to go back home to a job more in line with their schooling. The goal is to lay the groundwork for a knowledge-based economy that is less dependent on oil production. That is why 772 graduates out of a community of 262,000 expats registered as living in Spain (using official 2011 figures) are sitting the first part of an examination for an Ecuadorian government program known as Plan Retorno Educación (or, the Education Return Plan).

Passing applicants will become grade school and high school teachers with a salary of 616 euros a month, compared with the average wage in Ecuador of 263 euros. There are 10,000 teaching positions up for grabs, and the Ecuadorian state says that successful applicants will be earning 20 percent above average in recognition of the "intercultural enrichment" gained from living in another country.

Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa has defined his administration as "the government of migrants," and said he feels the exodus of fellow Ecuadorian as "an open wound" that needs to be healed. Besides the education program, the country has launched a similar project to find qualified health professionals. And because demand is higher than what Ecuador has to offer, 63 Spaniards have already applied for a position.

Source: El País

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