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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

Naples Daily News 
MARCO ISLAND — Frey & Son Homes announced that its Dominica model on Marco Island is available for immediate occupancy. Since 1972, Frey & Son Homes has been building homes across Collier and Lee counties, providing unparalleled attention to ... See more..
St. Lucia News Online 
(DOMINICA VIBES) -The lives of Chris Marcellin, 29; Brenon Mandela Ophar, 21; Clement Leblanc Jr, 22; Jean Louis Sango, 25 and Cecil Jude Jean Jr, 21 are being celebrated in a joint funeral service on the Penville playing field on Saturday August 19 ... See more..
USA TODAY 
Mom always said, “If you don't end up dirty and sleepy, you're not having enough fun.” Mom would've loved Dominica. After a few days of snorkeling in “champagne bubbles,” soaking in tea-colored hot springs and hiking through a rain forest with sucking ... See more..
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VI Consortium (press release) 
ST. THOMAS — Kenneth James, 51, of Dominica, made his initial appearance today before U.S. Magistrate Judge George W. Cannon after being charged in a criminal complaint with conspiracy and possession with intent to distribute cocaine, Acting United ... See more..
The Construction Index 
A grant from the UK's Department for International Development has been provided to Dominica through the Caribbean Development Bank. The Ministry of Public Works & Ports project will see the construction of nine new bridges, the rehabilitation of the ... See more..
Quartz 
“We want to predict the future, but we are currently struggling to predict these clouds,” says Campbell Watson, an atmospheric scientist who used to study fluffy cumulus formations above the tiny tropical island of Dominica. Moreso than other greenery ... See more..
WIC News 
The government of Dominica has announced the official commencement of the project to rehabilitate the EO LeBlanc Highway after it was damaged by Tropical Storm Erika. The ground-breaking ceremony, in Macoucherie Estate, will begin at 4pm on Friday, ... See more..
VI Consortium (press release) 
DOMINICA — The lives of five young men were cut short early Sunday morning during the 7:00 a.m. hour, following a tragic accident in Ambas, Vielle Case, Dominica, one of three Villages in the St. Andrews Parish, whose parliamentary representative is ... See more..
HarpersBAZAAR.com 
Dominica is a year-round destination, but you'll be less likely to encounter rain and storms throughout the latter part of autumn, winter and early spring. A three-day getaway seems short, but a long weekend is enough time for a first-timer seeking to ... See more..
Loop Trinidad & Tobago 
Soca, reggae and dancehall will hold the spotlight next to Afro- funk, Kompa and Zouk music when the 20th edition of Dominica's World Creole Festival takes place in October. The star-studded line up includes soca stars Machel Montano, Bunji Garlin, Fay ... 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