The postal service has issued twin stamps marking the country’s educational achievements.
The stamps honor the Escuela Normal de Costa Rica that was founded 100 years ago and the Instituto Nacional de Aprendizaje that is now 50 years old. The Escuela Normal stamp features a vintage photo of a class of teachers in what is now Universidad Nacional in Heredia.
The 30,000 stamps are each 690 colons and are available in the downtown central office of Correos Nacional and at the Zapote offices. Correos also sends commemorative stamps all over the world via mail order.
Expats might not be aware of the Instituto Nacional de Aprendizaje, but that agency provides practical training in everything from food handling to sales to computer use. There are offices and classes all over the country. Correos noted in an announcement of the new stamps that Costa Rica is competitive thanks to its investment in education.