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In Dominica, the government has made strides towards increasing the access to early childhood education and primary school.1 On the island, primary and secondary school are mandatory and the Millennium Development Goal of universal access to education has been achieved.2 Additionally, the government has sponsored several programs to increase child enrollment at the primary school level.3 Some of these programs include providing uniforms for students and a textbook program that provided textbooks for free.4

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1http://www.upr-info.org/sites/default/files/document/dominica/session_19_-_april_2014/a_hrc_wg.6_19_l.7.pdf
2 Ibid
3http://www.unwomen.org/~/media/Headquarters/Attachments/Sections/CSW/59/National_reviews/Dominica_review_Beijing20.pdf
4 Ibid
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Dominica News

ABC News 
Many countries, including the United States, have suffered in this year's brutal hurricane season. But the one with the highest death toll per capita was Dominica. See more..
The Weather Channel 
Dominica, which suffered a Category 5 direct hit from Hurricane Maria, remains devastated a month later. Power and running water have been scarce, and the island's sewage system was destroyed. Aid has been slow to arrive, leaving the nation in limbo. See more..
UNDP 
Roseau, Dominica, 18 October 2017 – Following the colossal category 5 hurricane that decimated the Caribbean island nation of Dominica on 18 September a UN-wide Post-Disaster Needs Assessment (PDNA) kicks off today, led by a senior UNDP and ... See more..
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Nation News 
The event is scheduled for October 26 at the National Tennis Centre will see King and his fellow Davis Cup teammates participate in a number of fun events and doubles matches to raise funds for Dominica and the Barbados Tennis Association. “Originally ... See more..
Jamaica Observer 
ROSEAU, Dominica (CMC) — The International Red Cross has launched a global appeal for US$5.6 million to help it carry out its activities in Dominica that was severely battered when Hurricane Maria made its way through the island on September 18. See more..
Jax Air News 
Patrol Squadron FIVE (VP-5) took part in the search and rescue efforts in Dominica after the island nation was devastated by Hurricane Maria in mid-September. One of VP-5's P-8A Poseidons flew the three and a half hour, 1,850 mile flight from an ... See more..
WINN FM 
The students and staff had to be evacuated from Dominica in the wake of the destruction caused by Hurricane Maria one month ago. The facility, like most of Dominica's structures, was extensively damaged. Over 1300 students and teachers were displaced. See more..
WLRN 
Since Hurricane Maria crashed through the Caribbean last month, most of the attention has focused on Puerto Rico. But smaller nearby islands were even. See more..
Nation News 
Ten-year old Lee-yahna Lawson giving a powerful performance of I Almost Let Go at the Ministry of Education's lunchtime concert yesterday. It was her first day attending the Gordon Walters Primary after moving to Barbados from Dominica. (Picture by ... See more..
Reliefweb 
Following a rapid site verification from 4–6 October that identified 108 occupied collective centres housing 2,911 individuals, the IOM Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM) team in Dominica rolled out rapid site assessments targeting all these centres ... See more..
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Geography

Caribbean, island between the Caribbean Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, about half way between Puerto Rico and Trinidad and Tobago
Area

Total 751 sq km
Land 751 sq km
Water 0 sq km

Climate

tropical; moderated by northeast trade winds; heavy rainfall
Natural Resources

timber, hydropower, arable land ;
Natural Hazards

flash floods are a constant threat; destructive hurricanes can be expected during the late summer months
Current Environmental Issues

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Demographics

Nationality
Dominican
Population
73,286 (July 2013 est.)
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Finances

The Dominican economy has been dependent on agriculture - primarily bananas - in years past, but increasingly has been driven by tourism as the government seeks to promote Dominica as an "ecotourism" destination. Moreover, Dominica has successfully developed an offshore medical education sector. In order to diversify the island's economy, the government is also attempting to develop an offshore financial sector and plans to sign agreements with the private sector to develop geothermal energy resources. In 2003, the government began a comprehensive restructuring of the economy - including elimination of price controls, privatization of the state banana company, and tax ...See More increases - to address an economic and financial crisis and to meet IMF requirements. Hurricane Dean struck the island in August 2007 causing damages equivalent to 20% of GDP. In 2009, the economy contracted as a result of the global recession and growth remains anemic. Economic growth in 2010-11 was about 1%. Although debt levels in 2012 continued to exceed pre-recession levels, the debt burden notably declined from 80% to approximately 70% of GDP. Show Less ;
GDP Purchasing Power Parity

$1.018 billion (2012 est.); $1.014 billion (2011 est.); $995.4 million (2010 est.)
Gross National Saving

9.2% of GDP (2012 est.); 8.5% of GDP (2011 est.); 7.8% of GDP (2010 est.)
Agriculture Products

bananas, citrus, mangos, root crops, coconuts, cocoa
Industries

soap, coconut oil, tourism, copra, furniture, cement blocks, shoes