Where Time Stands Still

Sandra Gonçalves is 17 years old, with long dark hair and a smile that sparkles with enthusiasm. Just after 8 a.m., she's already busy at her workstation on the fourth floor of a state-of-the-art training school — all gleaming white concrete and smoked glass windows. Venetian blinds are drawn against the morning sun.

Around her, half a dozen classmates are working in an atmosphere of muted concentration: their second-year project has to be completed in two weeks' time. "I went into this because I knew I'd be able to earn money with it," says...

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