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Santo Domingo.- The Dominicans between 10 and 34 who neither work, nor study nor seek work, known as the "nono," represent 14.31% of the population, or 636,833 people, according to the Labor Ministry’s Dominican Labor Market Observatory, based on the National Workforce Survey (ENCO) 2000-2012.

An analysis by listin.com.do notes that the 14% reveals the difficulties or lack of motivation young Dominicans face to enter or remain in the workforce or in school.

Of that group, the young adults between 20 and 24 years of age have the highest rates in unemployment, school dropouts, with 30%, or 189,091 people. That segment is followed by people between 25 and 29, or 155,118 unemployed, for 24%.

Those are followed by the Dominicans between 30 and 34 (144,935) or 23%, followed by youngsters between 15 and 19, with 20%, or 124,298.

Rounding out the figures are adolescents between 10 and 14, who reach 4%, with 23,391.

The 44% (282,813) of those youngsters have a high school education, while 40% (235,015) have elementary education. In a distant 10% (65,912) are those with no formal education and the remaining 8% (53,093) are youngster who have university degrees.

The gender gap is also quite pronounced in the labor force, with women accounting for 71% (449,684), far from the 29% (187,149) of men without a job, who aren’t in school or interested in doing so.

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Written by: Avaro, 15 Jan 2013 8:42 AM
From: Dominican Republic, Ensanche Ozama
Vagos
Written by: Atabey, 15 Jan 2013 9:09 AM
From: United States, Bring DT Forum Back--


A major segment for the government and private sectors to attack. The pronounced gender gap: " with women accounting for 71% (449,684), far from the 29% (187,149) of men without a job, who aren't in school or interested in doing so." is a very worrying trend. Focus on Young FE- males has to be a key part of the solution to this social mess.

You're right Dready, I meant females.







Written by: dreadlocks, 15 Jan 2013 9:15 AM
From: United States
says Atabey

Focus on Young males has to be a key part of the solution to this social mess.


why is that, when most of the people who fall into the category are women?
Written by: dreadlocks, 15 Jan 2013 9:17 AM
From: United States
why is it that whenever i drive by a Dominican university, all i ever seem to see is women? where are the guys? jugando gallo?
Written by: dreadlocks, 15 Jan 2013 9:18 AM
From: United States
14% of Dominicans have "nono" job or school

and they all post on DT.
Written by: josean, 15 Jan 2013 9:40 AM
From: United States, Fighting the Dictatorship of the Narco PLD Mafia; Guillermo Moreno President 2016


That's also known as the PURPLE BASE!




Written by: Atabey, 15 Jan 2013 9:50 AM
From: United States, Bring DT Forum Back--


"Top hotelier: Tourism sector needs 100,000 skilled workers



Santo Domingo.- Dominican Republic’s tourism sector needs as many as 100,000 skilled workers, for which the hoteliers and tourism businesses grouped in Asonahores call a great contribution the planned training center, to be sponsored by the Avignon Hotel School."


A good initiative to correct the social problems associated with the "Nono" generation.


But more schooling and creating a richer opportunity environment predicated on sound macroeconomic stability are the keys moving forward.







Written by: dreadlocks, 15 Jan 2013 9:57 AM
From: United States
different thread, Atabey.
Written by: dreadlocks, 15 Jan 2013 10:03 AM
From: United States
says Atabey

A good initiative to correct the social problems associated with the "Nono" generation.

not really. it is a good initiative to train people in the hotel industry. what about people who have no interest in that field? how does it help them?
Written by: Atabey, 15 Jan 2013 10:43 AM
From: United States, Bring DT Forum Back--

Dready,

Are you suggesting that NO ONE among the "NONOs" has any interest in pursuing a career in tourism?

Please elaborate.


Written by: danny00, 15 Jan 2013 10:44 AM
From: United States, blue mall santo domingo
why is it that whenever i drive by a dominican university, all i ever seem to see is women? where are the guys? jugando gallo

my daughter is one of theses schools.
she told me more females then males.
many of the guys don't finish their schooling. they just dont make it.
if u check the numbers with google u will also see the same in new york city.
now one in the u.s. any school they go to if they really have the drive and the guts to get a very good education they will get.
problem i see is that they really dont seem to have the drive to finish.
my daughter goes by bus each and evry day the ride is over 1 1/2 hours each way for her shes has done this for 0ver two years now.
Written by: danny00, 15 Jan 2013 10:51 AM
From: United States, blue mall santo domingo
just this last few days i rented her apt just blocks from the school.
i could have done this years ago but i wanted it to be hard for her and fight for the education shes want so bad {will be a doctor next year}

in the real world life is not easy for any one of us.
she had learned a big lesson from her father.
told her many times u can help your people, people will have the right respect for u. drug dealers and other mafia people only get respect from other mafia people.
at least shes on the right road in life.
many roads one can travel down, but your the one who makes the choice. the wrong road going to rikers island is for sure the wrong choice.
Written by: Atabey, 15 Jan 2013 10:52 AM
From: United States, Bring DT Forum Back--
00,

Guess what? This same or very similar phenomenon has been witnessed even among non-minority populations in the USA.

"Historically, most college classrooms have been dominated by males, but that role has since reversed as women flocked to universities in record numbers at the turn of the century. This progress is continuing to grow — women are projected to constitute 59 percent of the nation’s undergraduate- and 61 percent of the graduate-student population by 2020.

I observed this in most of my classrooms, particularly in the College of Liberal Arts, and noticed that most of my classmates are female. Study after study shows that “at every level of degree attainment, the rate of increase in college degrees awarded was several times higher among females than among their male counterparts”.

Source:

The gender gap in higher education
Boys are lagging behind their female counterparts in higher education.
Written by: danny00, 15 Jan 2013 10:52 AM
From: United States, blue mall santo domingo
she is in school in the dr.
Written by: Atabey, 15 Jan 2013 10:54 AM
From: United States, Bring DT Forum Back--
But there is a bit of good news to report:

400 STUDENTS

Community College teaching began yesterday

The building complex will offer 27 technical careers.

Apolinar Bethania
listindiario.com


Higher Technical Institute Community (ITSC) yesterday began teaching with a first group of 400 students and is expected to be integrated next week elsewhere to complete an enrollment of 1,300 graduates, mainly from the east, Boca Chica, Bayaguana War and Monte Plata.

During the opening act of teaching, the Minister of Higher Education, Science and Technology (MESCyT), Ligia Amada Melo, urged students to give their best and maintain a strong discipline and responsibility for the development of their careers, while emphasizing the quality of teachers in each branch and the governing body that will lead the ITSC.

Melopresentó students of the first class of the ITSC, team managers, coordinators and faculty responsible for academic classes at that institution
Written by: Atabey, 15 Jan 2013 10:55 AM
From: United States, Bring DT Forum Back--

The minister emphasized the elements of the mission, vision and values ??of ITSC, besides emphasizing discipline and responsibility to watch for each student.

"They should give the best performance, but above all have a lot of discipline and be responsible, we have not achieved more as a country because of the lack of discipline because Dominicans are smart, but we need a lot of discipline," said the official.

Accompanied by the rector of the ITSC, Victor Hugo Deláncer, and Marcia Corporán vice chancellors and Julio Peña, Melo presented the broad curriculum for high school graduates who begin their studies at that institution.

The rector Victor Hugo Deláncer said the number of students entering teaching exceed the expectations of the authorities, and that of the 27 technical courses offered by most in demand are nursing, network management and medical imaging.

Also, meet a good number of students for software development, automotive and computer support.

Written by: Atabey, 15 Jan 2013 10:56 AM
From: United States, Bring DT Forum Back--


He explained that the Community College teaching concept is an integral element that begins with a year of immersion, through which each race director meets with the heads of the different areas, go to the classroom and give directions to students about caring for software, equipment, materials, tools and safety to achieve optimal maintenance thereof."


So we are moving forward, just not as fast as many would wish. Tiempo al tiempo.


Written by: dreadlocks, 15 Jan 2013 11:23 AM
From: United States
Asks Atabey

Written by: Atabey, 15 Jan 2013 10:43 AM
From: United States, NYC

Dready,

Are you suggesting that NO ONE among the "NONOs" has any interest in pursuing a career in tourism?

Please elaborate.


how exactly does the presence of a school of tourism correct the SOCIAL PROBLEMS that result in this nono category? explain that to me. when you are done, explain how the acceptance of an opportunity by members of this class correct SOCIAL PROBLEMS. you mean that if some of these nono types go and learn how to make crepes suzette, the SOCIAL PROBLEMS that cause people to shy away from school will disappear?
Written by: Atabey, 15 Jan 2013 11:30 AM
From: United States, Bring DT Forum Back--

It does not solve the underlying problems for sure, I should have been a bit less generous Dready, but at the margins can be effective for individuals to gain fruitful employment opportunities. Other more fundamental solutions need to be enacted. And we see some demonstration in higher primary educational opportunities, etc.

:)

Written by: dreadlocks, 15 Jan 2013 11:30 AM
From: United States
asks Atabey

Written by: Atabey, 15 Jan 2013 10:43 AM
From: United States, NYC

Dready,

Are you suggesting that NO ONE among the "NONOs" has any interest in pursuing a career in tourism?

Please elaborate.

you think the article says that they are going to invent a concept called tourism? tourism has been established in the DR since 1970, or thereabouts. there have been opportunities in tourism forever. why do you believe that anything is going to change, simply because a corporation is going to open a school that pertains to tourism? why haven't the nonos pursued a career in tourism before? how does this change anything?
Written by: Atabey, 15 Jan 2013 11:41 AM
From: United States, Bring DT Forum Back--

Dready,

You need to actively go after this segment of the population to encourage good outcomes. For whatever reasons-and we can think of many, some people within the general population lack for information, opportunities etc. Having schools that teach tourism will encourage some more people to go into the profession, and develop the skill-set required to meet the changing needs of the industry. More foreign language skills are needed in DR. If DR is ever to adequately compete for the higher end market in tourism, higher educational skill-sets are needed.


Don't just look at the negatives all the time.


For many people, especially the young, there are many more springs ahead.
Written by: benwaballs, 15 Jan 2013 12:49 PM
From: Dominican Republic
Education starts in the home. Either it is enforced equally between males and females or it is not. Period. It is like anything else. Either you are an honest person because of how you were raised and the morals enforced or you are a lazy uneducated criminal looking for the easy way out and always crying about what you do not have. I have a doctorate degree and my sister has a masters degree. Why? Because the the most important thing my parents stressed was education. My grandparents were poor Irish immigrants who were discriminated against more than any other immigrant group at the turn of the century. How did they rise above. They sacrificed everything so that my mother and father both had college degrees. This is a thing trait in the home at birth. Poverty is no excuse. Laziness is no excuse. When the friends I grew up with were out in the streets and clubs on the weekends I was studying. Why because my parents would kill me if I didn't. There is no excuse for lack of motivation.
Written by: easyrider, 15 Jan 2013 12:51 PM
From: Dominican Republic, Barahona
It's very rare that a kid will see the value in a good education if his or her parents don't see it, thus the ignorance and suffering cycle repeats itself.
Written by: tschotschua, 15 Jan 2013 2:22 PM
From: Germany, Koblenz, Rheinland-Pfalz
the Man with the big balls,

I am almost 99.99 % in accordance with you, with the exception that Societies create a lot of troubles and not everybody has the same opportunities, there are a lot of inequalities and rejection. The fact that you are well educated and qualified is not guaranty to be successful; too much competition in the world and people with too much power and money, nobody want to pass the ball, nonetheless people should be prepared for any events (!)
Written by: josean, 15 Jan 2013 2:31 PM
From: United States, Fighting the Dictatorship of the Narco PLD Mafia; Guillermo Moreno President 2016


Here is a PURPLE "NONO" Update!


The PLD’s Paradise!


"Puerto Rican Tourist Killed for a Gold Chain will eating at a restaurant"

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic.- A Puerto Rican was shot dead early Monday at a restaurant in the Ensanche Ozama, by a man who sought to deprive her of a gold chain she was wearing.

The victim was identified as Sandra Valente, 37, hotel guest at Quinto Centenario who died from a bullet in the head and another in the right arm wound.

noticiassin.com/2013/01/matan-a-tiros-a-puertorriquena-en-ensanche-ozama-para-arrebatarle-una-cadena/


Written by: hernandez5482, 15 Jan 2013 2:39 PM
From: United States, Vivir sin Patria, es lo mismo que vivir sin Honor.
Written by: easyrider, 15 Jan 2013 12:51 PM

From: Dominican Republic, La Romana

It's very rare that a kid will see the value in a good education if his or her parents don't see it, thus the ignorance and suffering cycle repeats itself.


Right on, that is the sad reality.. For the most part our young don't value education because their parents are uneducated, it is a vicious cycle. . So much talent and potential wasted..

Written by: Danilo, 15 Jan 2013 3:01 PM
From: Dominican Republic, SDQ --- VIGILADOR.COM (Beta) - Vigilando nuestra Quisqueya
This is why a few days ago I said the government should start by handing out motivational books or even pamphlets. You have to change these people's mindset; you have to make them want to succeed. Just giving them resources wont make them take advantage of it, you have to show them the benefits and possibilities.
Written by: dreadlocks, 15 Jan 2013 4:12 PM
From: United States
says tschotschua

The fact that you are well educated and qualified is not guaranty to be successful;

being educated, to the degree that benwaballs is ,is success in itself.
Written by: dreadlocks, 15 Jan 2013 4:19 PM
From: United States
Atabey and i have had this discussion on several occasions. my position, which i will not change, is that Dominican education is in disarray because education is not valued in the DR like it is elsewhere. when i was a young pup going to school, it was imperative that i had to do my homework before i did anything else. my parents would check it, to make sure there was no shirking and jerking. what do kids do here after school? head off to an internet cafe, not to do research, but to get on facebook, or sit in front of a camera , shooting the breeze with someone of the opposite sex. Canadian school children spend eight hours of their own free time, per week, doing unsupervised schoolwork. know why? because mom and dad say so. mom and dad pay regular visits to the principal, to find out how their children are doing, and what help, if any, they need. here, the priorities are all screwed up, and school is not at the top of the list
Written by: dreadlocks, 15 Jan 2013 4:24 PM
From: United States
i know school children here who live in the barrio, where they can barely pay their light bills. yet, they have blackberries, at age 16. forget that none of them ever sits at the table to voluntarily read a book. go to the rank and file home, and see how many books you find. they will have the plasma tv, but how many bookcases have you ever seen? you want to buy a bookcase, you have to get one custom made, because no furniture store carries them. why? no demand. with traditions like that, it is going to be a monster task to educate the upcoming generations. the inspiration to become educated comes from above. mom and dad.
Written by: TheProdigal, 15 Jan 2013 4:30 PM
From: United States
Dreadlocks....you are on the money. I'm a seasoned man. But, even with my own kids, homework came before you even thought of anything else including music! But, it begins with the parents, not just the children. Unfortunately materialism has overtaken education. When one chases the money, they will catch some of it. But, then they begin chasing more for more things that they want. Education is something that cannot be taken from you. How do we contribute to the needed change? And, how do you find those that are sick and tired of being sick and tired? I welcome ideas and not political finger pointing!
Written by: dreadlocks, 15 Jan 2013 4:40 PM
From: United States
Prodigal, stop 10 guys in the street, at random. ask them to lend you a pen. see how many of them have one. then,ask them to let you use their telephone. see how many of those phones cost over 5000 pesos.
Written by: Atabey, 15 Jan 2013 5:31 PM
From: United States, Bring DT Forum Back--
Allow me to state my opinion, Dready.

While family support is important, more so is the institutional requirement and support given by the State. Look at practically ALL the countries of the world that have extinguished illiteracy and managed to enlighten their general populations. AND ALL did so largely because the State declared it a NATIONAL GOAL to eliminate illiteracy anf provide adequate funding levels for the great task.

And let's not kid ourselves, when we talk about the illiterate Dominican, we speak about the largely poorer segments of the society. Those that truly depend on the State to provide the opportunities in order to obtain schooling, etc.

I see where certain States I keep bringing to your attention just happen to have addressed their National Education goals with far more funding levels and support than dear old Dominican republic. Costa Rica and your very own Jamaica have spent more than 5% of GDP in support of education. That's a significant
Written by: Atabey, 15 Jan 2013 5:34 PM
From: United States, Bring DT Forum Back--

jump from the paltry sums allocated in DR for the past 40 years, where barely 1.9% GDP-and sometimes less! have been spent. You get what you pay for, and since the State has been starved of adequate funding revenue by the low taxation collection and low effort regime of the Post Trujillo Era, hundreds of thousands, millions actually, of Dominicans have received far poorer quality educational opportunities than their counterparts in the rest of the region.

Funded AND managed professionally, a National Educational System in DR will deliver the goods in due time. Consistency of funding-especially for the K-12 grades- and good management of resources is all that's needed.

Written by: Danilo, 15 Jan 2013 5:52 PM
From: Dominican Republic, SDQ --- VIGILADOR.COM (Beta) - Vigilando nuestra Quisqueya
In school the last class of the day should be Meditacion y Motivacion, it would motivate these nonos to work hard at home and come back to school the following day. Hopefully it would prevent them from becoming nonos.
Written by: dreadlocks, 15 Jan 2013 6:08 PM
From: United States
Atabey, we have been over this many times. it seems that you have never been familiarized with the concept of self help. when people value something, and they cannot get it provided by others, they do it themselves. you claim to live in New York City. look at the number of private Jewish schools that exist there. know why? because they value education, very highly, and it is right at the top of their priorities. so, if the school system is inadequate, they build their own schools. if monetary allocation is the key ingredient in school outcomes, can you take some time out of your valuable schedule to explain to curious onlookers why the Asians get the best academic results in US schools, while hispanics and African Americans do not do as well? is it allocation? how does that work when the different ethnic groups attend the same school, and get vastly different results?
Written by: PuntaCanaMike, 15 Jan 2013 6:24 PM
From: Dominican Republic
A rare moment and one not seen for quite some time...I must commend Danny00 for posting a clear and relevant post...with absolutely no childish reference to trains.

Well done Danny...there may be hope for you yet! LOL
Written by: TheProdigal, 15 Jan 2013 6:29 PM
From: United States
Atabey, Dreadlocks...you are both on point. Now, how do we incorporate the solution to all of this? I remember a Pentecostal Bishop once told me that he "purchased" a school to send his children to. It caught my attention. What he did was work two jobs to move into an upscale neighborhood in a major US city in order to ensure his children were able to attend that particular school in the community. They both now are very successful in their fields. His taxes to live in that neighborhood "purchased" the school. I understand the concept fully. Now, how can this be accomplished in the DR? I see many missionaries coming to preach the Gospel. That is wonderful! However!!!!!! The Gospel is and always has been pragmatic and progressive, not an opium (or rum) of the people! I would welcome wholesome and concentrated dialogue with you both to rectify or at least dent this situation!
Written by: MrThelmoAlmeydaRancier, 15 Jan 2013 6:50 PM
From: United States, NJ
Dreadlocks:

If 8% or 53,093 have university degree and are unemployed and willing to work. why not make them school teachers?

benwaballs:
I agree with you 100% I also migrated to NYC in 1952 from DR parents who had run away from Trujillo. The foundaion was seeded by our grand parents who were educated as well. as I had explained it to dreadlocks.Lots of people have the impresion that having a degree makes them educated person no matter what illicit business they have engageed in.Quality and moral are home adquired ,the rest is adquired as you say by self discipline and hard work .
Written by: Atabey, 15 Jan 2013 6:53 PM
From: United States, Bring DT Forum Back--
Dready,

The State in DR has largely been marginalized and starved of revenue streams since the Era of Trujillo. That's a fact. The upper classes in DR have essentially given themselves a very large tax cut at the expense of other sectors, especially the poorer sectors of society.

This is slowly being corrected and better revenue streams are being allocated now. It will take more CONSISTENCY and Professional management of the resources to get DR out of the hole.

National Goals are important. Remember I said that parental support IS IMPORTANT. The key is that it IS NOT conditional; you can and do find plenty of adequately educated students from poor academically and environmentally challenged neighborhoods.

Putting the onus of a deficient education on the poorest segments for their current paltry educational achievement is beyond belief.

As I've stated previously to you: Had such a policy been implemented in J outcomes would have been far less fruitful.
Written by: Atabey, 15 Jan 2013 7:02 PM
From: United States, Bring DT Forum Back--
Written by: TheProdigal, 15 Jan 2013 6:29 PM
From: United States

Atabey, Dreadlocks...you are both on point. Now, how do we incorporate the solution to all of this?"


Several countries, Brazil and even the DR-I believe-are actually paying the poor to go to school driving up the attendance rate correlates with better educational gains. Absent a Strong committed State, with a clear and precise mandate to forge a National Education Plan, it's hard to see how this legacy problem in DR will ever be conquered. Other nations have done this, why not the DR?

Parents need to be part of this National Policy. Perhaps setting up parent centers that re-enforce the role and importance of the parent; teach them good habits to employ at home. Providing a calm and peaceful areas for the child to study at home, asking questions about school and what the child is learning.
Written by: ohhhvictor, 16 Jan 2013 4:16 AM
From: United States
PLD government gave people that need education ,like dready ,Ingle and josie'Ano, a 4 % they were claiming and needing..

Time to use it guys!

At least you should OPENLY say THANK YOU DANILO !
Don't be so ungrateful!


Hacer lo que nunca se ha hecho!

PLD 2016-2020 !
Written by: stillhere, 16 Jan 2013 7:02 AM
From: Dominican Republic
I'm sorry but this could not go on by without comment..

"government should start by handing out motivational books or even pamphlets."

You want the government to give these out to the uneducated in the DR??? Really?? Do you not see the first problem with this plan???
Written by: dreadlocks, 16 Jan 2013 7:47 AM
From: United States
who said that remark, stillhere?
Written by: stillhere, 16 Jan 2013 8:08 AM
From: Dominican Republic
Written by: Danilo, 15 Jan 2013 3:01 PM
From: Dominican Republic,
This is why a few days ago I said the government should start by handing out motivational books or even pamphlets. You have to change these people's mindset; you have to make them want to succeed. Just giving them resources wont make them take advantage of it, you have to show them the benefits and possibilities.
Written by: dreadlocks, 16 Jan 2013 8:15 AM
From: United States
stillhere, why am i not surprised that such a dim witted remark would come from a guy like that? oh, yes. give out motivational reading material to guys who can't read.....nuff said
Written by: dreadlocks, 16 Jan 2013 8:17 AM
From: United States
stillhere. to his defence, you have to give him credit for making a more intelligent observation than Atabey, who believes that if you throw money at the problem, that will fix it.
Written by: stillhere, 16 Jan 2013 8:27 AM
From: Dominican Republic
Yes people need motivation and to see the opportunities from better education, I will give him that..

but really ?? giving books to those that can't read???

This country needs new roll models to stand up, be seen and heard by all.
Written by: dreadlocks, 16 Jan 2013 8:36 AM
From: United States
well, people like Danilo do not remember that for a book to have any use to the recipient, it is usually better if he can read it.
Written by: TheProdigal, 16 Jan 2013 8:39 AM
From: United States
Book...read....comprehend.....a simple truth that I actually overlooked when I read the comment. I guess giving a book worded to a person that is illiterate makes as much sense as a screen door on a submarine......so what's the solution? Pictures?...I don't think so...
Written by: dreadlocks, 16 Jan 2013 9:02 AM
From: United States
Prodigal, right after Christmas, the first lady gave out toys to the underprivileged, in yet one more symbolic gesture. i posted that i hoped she had given out some books among the gifts. i was not speaking of the Encyclopaedia Britannica, but things like coloring books,with pictures. the board went ballistic. i wanted to spoil the little fun that the poor might have. they preferred that the kids were given some plastic crap, which would break in 4 days, rather than a coloring book, which would serve to inspire an interest in getting educated, or, at worst, familiar with the written word. hey, when i was a young child, my parents would give me books at Christmas. they did not believe in crap like plastic Winchester rifles, and toy cars , since i always preferred the toys that i improvised. give me a 50 dollar toy truck, and i would play with it for a day. tomorrow, i would be back to plating with the old discarded wheel. we just have different perspectives, i guess.
Written by: Atabey, 16 Jan 2013 9:32 AM
From: United States, Bring DT Forum Back--
Dready,

What do you think about this policy of paying the poor to send their children to school, etc.?
Written by: dreadlocks, 16 Jan 2013 9:43 AM
From: United States
if you have to pay people to go to school, there is something culturally wrong. probably places like Brazil have the same issues that the DR has, regarding the place that education occupies in the pantheon of cultural indicators. do you think that the Asians and the Jewish people need people to pay them to go to school? if people have to be paid to attend school, one has to wonder whether it is the money they want, or the education.
Written by: Atabey, 16 Jan 2013 10:13 AM
From: United States, Bring DT Forum Back--
"The fact that much of Panama’s wealth comes from nationally administered assets—such as the canal, the ports and the Colón free-trade zone—also causes tension. “These powerhouses deal directly with the central government. Sometimes the local population feels it is not benefiting,” says Mario Cuevas of the Inter-American Development Bank. Still, as he points out, some things are improving: extreme poverty has fallen from 18% to 10% over the past six years, partly thanks to conditional cash-transfers which encourage parents to get their children vaccinated and into school. The elderly poor receive a $100-per-month pension. Such payments mean that the incomes of the poorest 10% are now 35 times lower than those of the richest 10%, rather than 60 times lower, according to the finance ministry."

Source: The Economist
why-latin-americas-fastest-growing-country-so-furious-earthbound-bite-back

Add Panama to the list Dready and the economy is growing at the fastest clip, too.
Written by: Atabey, 16 Jan 2013 10:17 AM
From: United States, Bring DT Forum Back--
Even Germany is trying the concept:

German family policy
Pay to stay at home

The government plans a controversial benefit for stay-at-home mothers
May 5th 2012 | BERLIN

CRITICS call it a “hearth bonus” or “keep-your-kids-out-of-school money”. The government prefers Betreuungsgeld (“child-care benefit”). Few of its ideas are as contentious as a planned €150 ($199) monthly payment to parents who do not put their children into crèches. Angela Merkel, the Christian Democrat chancellor, defends this as “an essential part of our policy of freedom of choice.” But it seems to contradict much of what she stands for."

Written by: zonyk157, 16 Jan 2013 10:27 AM
From: United States
I dont blame them for not studying or working. The dominican society has taught them that the smart way to make a living is to become a cop, military or politicians and be a millionaire in 4 or 5 years. Yes you can choose to work your butt off and go to school and become an engineer, doctor or lawyer but then youll have to find a job as a taxi driver.
Written by: dreadlocks, 16 Jan 2013 10:27 AM
From: United States
Germany is not paying parents to get their children into schools. in the case of Panama, maybe it has the same issues, if people have to be paid to send kids to school. and, even if the economy is growing fast, it does not mean economic development is growing fast. there is a difference between growth and development. we have been over this a million times.
Written by: Atabey, 16 Jan 2013 10:35 AM
From: United States, Bring DT Forum Back--

Dready,

It's about changing the dynamics of choices people make. I posted two articles about this in a Thread. Check them out.

Written by: zonyk157, 16 Jan 2013 6:28 PM
From: United States
Dreadlocks, what you dont see in those countries you mentioned is the corruption and complete disregard for another human being like you see in DR. We dominicans havent let go of the slave mentality. The ignorance in our culture will not allow us to move forward.
Written by: MrThelmoAlmeydaRancier, 16 Jan 2013 7:07 PM
From: United States, NJ
Looking at the picture above. I wonder who feeds these bunch of bagos? maybe they are waiting for the welfare check from a relative in the STATES and decided to kill time by playing domino instead of attending school.
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