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Educational Institutions

The Natural Heritage Department works with many of the Island's public education institutions to introduce the concepts of ecology, sustainability, conservation and preservation.

A list of Barbados schools and secondary institutions is available as a download. Education.

Principles and general objectives of education
The philosophy that underpins the education system of Barbados is rooted in the fundamental principle that human resource development is the key to social, economic, and political growth. Consequently, education must seek to enable all children and young people to be knowledgeable and creative; to possess positive attitudes and relevant skills; to be exemplars of good citizenship; to believe in the quality of humanity; to be self-confident in planning their future; to be thinkers, innovators, and problem-solvers; to inculcate the best social values and an appreciation of the dignity in all labour; and to be committed to the preservation and enhancement of the environment (Ministry of Education, Youth Affairs and Culture, 1995).
UNESCO World Data on Education


Barbados' literacy rate is ranked close to 100%, with both UNESCO and the Minister of Education stating that Barbados was in the top 5 countries worldwide for literacy rate.[66] thus placing the country alongside many of the industrialised nations of the world. The mainstream public education system of Barbados is fashioned after the British model.

The government of Barbados spends 6.7% of the GDP on education (2008).[55] All young people in the country must attend school until age 16. Barbados has over 70 primary schools, and over 20 secondary schools throughout the island. There are also a number of private schools catering to various teaching models including Montessori and International Baccalaureate. Degree level education in the country is provided by the Barbados Community College, the Samuel Jackman Prescod Polytechnic, and the Cave Hill campus and Open Campus of the University of the West Indies

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