With a literacy rate of 99.7%, as measured by the UNDP Report 2007/2008, Barbados is ranked 4th worldwide. Barbados’ educational system, which provides free education from primary to tertiary level, is recognised globally as a highly successful model.
For a population of approximately 275,000, Barbados offers a comprehensive range of educational institutions and training facilities. There are 71 public primary schools, 30 private primary schools, 4 public nursery schools, 22 public secondary schools, 7 government-assisted private secondary schools, 2 public special schools, 2 private special schools, 1 medical transcription training facility, 1 teachers’ training institute and 3 tertiary level institutions. These include the Barbados Community College (BCC), the Samuel Jackman Prescod Polytechnic (SJPP), the University of the West Indies (UWI) Cave Hill Campus and the Medical Transcription Training Centre (MTTC).
The island is therefore ideally placed to offer the regional and international community high calibre education and training services.
Barbados is well known for providing training for English as a foreign language (EFL) for countries such as Guadeloupe, Martinique, Venezuela and Colombia. In addition to language training, our institutions provide training in hospitality studies, technical and vocational training, teachers’ training and other professional management training.
Several Barbadian teachers have been recruited to spearhead education initiatives in countries such as the USA, Bermuda and the Cayman Islands.
Given the adaptability of its highly trained and educated workforce, Barbados has also provided human resources in the fields of nursing, law enforcement, and public administration to the wider Caribbean, North American and European markets.