Juancito Pinto is a program of the government of Evo Morales in Bolivia which improves access to education by giving school vouchers to children. It is part of the state's economic policy focused on fostering social development.
The program was created by a Decree on October 26, 2006 establishing a monthly cash grant of Bs 200 (US$28.50) for each child from 1st to 6th grade of elementary public schools as an incentive to school attendance. It is named after a young drummer in the Bolivian Army who was killed in the War of the Pacific and is today regarded as a hero.
The money for Juancito Pinto comes from funds generated by the nationalization of Bolivia's hydrocarbons industry.
In July, 2008, President Evo Morales modified the Decree, widening the benefit to 8th grade of elementary public schools. This modification also made the Ministry of Education responsible for the bond payment.
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