In developing countries policy makers are struggling to find an even parallel between physical and social infrastructure. The economic returns of physical infrastructure (i.e. roads, highways and railroad transportation) are much faster than those of social (schools and hospitals). Because of this, political policy makers in developing countries typically lean towards fast acting economic growth by improving infrastructure as opposed to having an educated work force. The author of “Roads vs. Schools” suggests that financing social systems through grants and government funding would be a key turning point for the long term success and improvement of developing nations.  This investment in education is the fundamental mission of GLXi in Guatemala.

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Developing countries should invest in schools before roads—at least for now