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Early Life | The Mayor’s Dream

Amilcar Huancahuari Tueros is the Mayor of Santa Nazarena, in the Peruvian Andes. Amilcar believes that the early stimulation of children’s brains can make for a more prosperous, less violent, society. We visit the Harvard scientists trying to decide if science agrees. We look at some old parenting ways, such as not talking to children, or avoiding eye contact – and how these practices are changing. And we talk to a young Turkish architect who believes her own life proves the Mayor’s dream can be a reality. It’s now clear that the first five years of a child’s life are vital. But are we acting on what we know?

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