Costa Rica is considered one of the most progressive and politically stable countries in Latin America. The country has been a democratic presidential republic since the 1950s. In economic terms, Costa Rica has developed very positively over a long period of time and is also considered a Central American role model in terms of environmental and climate protection - the country wants to become completely climate-neutral by 2050.
Despite the overall economic upswing, educational opportunities, income, and wealth are still very unevenly distributed. Poverty, lack of prospects and youth unemployment are pressing problems, especially in the constantly growing peripheral neighbourhoods in San José. Around half of the under-35s have neither a secondary school diploma nor a professional qualification. (Source: OECD) For some years now, this situation has been exacerbated by a constantly increasing number of migrants and refugees - especially from Nicaragua. Many of these people arrive in the country without an education; most of them live in precarious conditions.