Education is not always equal: Why the Dominican Republic needs our support
Covid-19 has resulted in huge numbers of people working from home, which has highlighted the need for good IT literacy for everyone. This is the reason why we support IT education in the our local Ettlingen region. RNT has made several donations of educational IT hardware even before the pandemic to inspire the next generation of system coders and IT experts. However, why is RNT supporting building a school in Dominican Republic? For the simple reason great education leads to better lives for all.
In order for this to work however, a good base of education is needed. In Germany all children must attendee compulsory education for at least nine years. Pupils in the Dominican Republic however, only have to stay in school up to eighth grade (age 14), there is no mandatory education after this time. Especially poor families use this freedom: the kids go to work to support their families financially. Thats why many children don’t have the opportunity to attend secondary school and a significant number of children do not even get a quality primary education due to the lack of local infrastructure. The latter being the case in Los Maranitos where RNT Rausch is funding the building of a modern purpose-built school.
Can you see the benefit of education in the results?
Do you get the skills and knowledge needed for life at school? Many countries are convinced of this – and the evidence is clear in various tests and studies; PISA, which is conducted as the Programme for International Student Assessment by the OECD, is a good example. The results of the research from 2018 have shown the average competence level of German pupils is better than the OECD average in mathematics, science as well as in reading. By comparison the results of pupils from the Dominican Republic are far below the average or at the minimum in all categories; with the 2015 PISA report rating the republic with the lowest level compared to 15 other Latin American countries.
There really is a connection between education and a brighter future.
What does the state do?
“Investments in education are investments in the future of our country”. This is what it says on the website of the Ministry of Education and Research in Germany. Germany is investing in good education – most recently 295,5 billion euros per year (2017). In this country, for example, schoolchildren are also being equipped for digitisation, after the coalition committee has just decided on 500 million euros for mobile devices.
By comparison in the Dominican Republic the “Early Childhood Education Project” is investing money in the construction of new schools and technology centres in order to create a basis for education. With the World Bank providing 50 million dollars in 2015, the country’s pre-university education should be supported by the Ministry of Education (MINERD) as part of a national pact for education. In addition, international partner schools collect donations that benefit the Dominican Republic’s school institutions.
There is a world of difference between the two countries, investment and education quality. What stands out? Well thought out, long term investment in education builds a better future for everyone!
What are the consequences?
Education is one of the biggest concerns for children in the Dominican Republic. Additionally, unfortunately, there is an increasing correlation between the level of education and the consumption of tobacco and alcohol. Thus, not only social status but also long term health depends on education.
Now we ask you:
Do we need even more reasons to work for more education and thus for a better future for children in the Dominican Republic by building schools?
We don’t believe so. Please support our passion and the children’s future and donate to this worthy cause.