Residents of the Falklands vote today and tomorrow in a referendum that's expected to reaffirm the population's desire to remain an Overseas British Territory.
In a sunny classroom in rural Argentina, a teacher stands in front of a group of primary school students in white coats.
Behind her two maps pasted on the chalkboard display Argentina and the wing-like shape of a group of 800 tiny islands Argentines contend are being illegally occupied by the United Kingdom.
“Would I need a passport to go to Tierra del Fuego?” the teacher asks.
“No,” students say.
“Then why is a passport required to go to Malvinas?”
“Because it’s dominated by the English.”
This exchange during a geography lesson in a documentary that aired on public television late last year is part of Argentina’s revamp of school curriculum in order to revive sympathy for the republic’s longstanding claim to what it calls the Malvinas, otherwise known as the Falkland Islands, that lie 310 miles across the south Atlantic from Argentine Patagonia.
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