Barbados is well known for its high standard of education and has long boasted one of the highest literacy rates in the world. Barbados possesses an education model which is held up as best practice and continues to lead in standards and quality of delivery.
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 teachers' training institute, 1 management training institute, 1 medical transcription training facility, and 3 tertiary level institutions. These include the Barbados Community College (BCC), the Medical Transcription Training Centre, the Samuel Jackman Prescod Polytechnic (SJPP), and the Cave Hill Campus of the University of the West Indies. The Barbados Institute of Management and Productivity (BIMAP) offers management training and also has a student exchange programme in place.
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, other professional management training and other specialist services.
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.