Education In Barbados

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The foundation of education in Barbados was paved by the philanthropic endeavors of both private individuals and churches. Most of the older secondary school was founded with the intention of educating white children at a time when negro slavery still existed in the island. More specifically, elementary schools grew out of the attempts of the Methodist, Moravian and Anglican churches. The aim of these schools were to give a Christian education to the slaves in the period right before emancipation. (The Planning Research and Development Unit of the Ministry of Education, 2000). It can be argued that the Christian teaching the slaves were taught influenced how they viewed gender roles. Further on, the efforts because more intense post…show more content…
What I find interesting is with the establishment of the schools funded by the church most of the school were boy’s school. For example in 1709 Captain Francis Williams gave one hundred acres of land for the establishment of a charity school for white children. This is now known as the Foundation Boys School in Christ Church. Another school is Harrison College; which was established in 1733 by a merchant planter founded in Bridgetown a Grammar School for boys. (The Planning Research and Development Unit of the Ministry of Education, 2000) Post – emancipation, the Caribbean inherited the patriarchal societies of their colonizers. Therefore, this ensured women remained subordinate for the most of Caribbean history (Linden, 2003). But over the years, women having access to education has transformed gender relations, but only to a certain extent. Therefore the statement “improving Caribbean women’s access to education has met a practical need and satisfied a basic human right but has done little to change their subordinate positions in their societies”(Bailey, 2003) does hold some weight. However, the ways in which women’s positions have been improved due to…show more content…
In Barbados Women still earn 22% less than men even though studies have shown that women are more educated. Furthermore studies also revealed the highest paid men were employers while the highest paid women worked in the public sector. The comparison for men and women the same age and same level of education in Barbados revealed that mean earn 25% more than women. Men who graduated university were at 22.6% while women’s were at 27.8%. (Nopo, Hoyos, & Bellony , Gender Earnings in The Caribbean: Evidence from Barbados and Jamaica, 2010) A comparison of earnings for males and females with the same age and education reveals that males earn 25 percent of average females’ earnings more than females in Barbados. In Barbados, the exposure to tertiary education maybe low by international standards, but still is high for the Caribbean. In the case of Jamaica tertiary educational outcomes are much lower, especially among males. (Nopo, Hoyos, & Bellony , Gender Earnings in The Caribbean: Evidence from Barbados and Jamaica, 2010) Furthermore, every level of education men still earned more. The average earnings for women with no primary or secondary education are statistically similar; earnings only increase significantly for women who gain a university education. So even though it can be said the wage gap has been closing over the years and education has

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