In a survey of 16 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, the Dominican Republic had the lowest scores in each category tested. – UNESCO report on Student Achievement in Latin America and the Caribbean.
“The Dominican Republic has one of the lowest investments in education of the hemisphere.” – USAID/Dominican Republic: Education Sector Assessment
“The school environment is the factor that makes the greatest difference in student learning in Latin America and the Caribbean.” – http://ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=42940
These data points neatly summarize why it is that we are here, and the last quote in particular sheds light on how Doulos Discovery School is striving to make a difference in the lives of these kids. For kids to learn, they need to be in a school setting where they feel secure and valued, and that is precisely what we provide. Every day the staff starts with prayer, and every week in team meetings we pray specifically for students and seek for ways to address issues that come up – issues ranging from standard educational concerns to broader issues relating to discipleship and counseling for students struggling with ugly situations in their homes, in their pasts, and in the community. Some of their stories break our hearts, but as you can see from the photos, even the school grounds relay a warm and inviting atmosphere for learning that makes our school a safe haven for the students.
We are confident that the love and learning being poured into these students will be multiplied many times over as they enter into the world and work to change their country and their culture.