Dominican Republic Education
Organized by: Bruce Mayo
During the month of June 2016, a team from Central Indiana will be traveling to work with a small group of church planters in the Dominican Republic. The group will be working in the the sugar cane fields with the children of the workers, and also helping to physically finish a school building for those children. Some work may also be done to finish housing for the workers. The Indiana Team will also be providing encouragement and support to the pastors serving there under One Mission Society. The basic fees are being covered by the full-time workers, however, we need assistance with airfare and a few transfer fees. Any additional funds that are raised will be used to offset building material to finish the project in a timely manner. While education is free and compulsory at the State sponsored schools in the DR for 6 years, the educational system has a number of hidden fees and is only a very basic education by western standards whether provided by private or state schools. The children in the sugar cane fields are overlooked in this process due to lack of transportation and parental ability to get them to the school. The children from these areas are ill-prepared for any additional education, and a significant proportion of primary school children from the poorer areas go on to study for 2 more years at secondary school which functions as a bridge to further education. The subjects there are academic, and the failure of the primary school system leaves this children without any hope of Secondary Education and they are unable to complete the final 4 years of compulsory education at Dominican Republic secondary schools. This is because the system is intended to encourage upper- and middle-class youth to aspire to tertiary education. Those who do succeed, receive a bachillerato degree similar to a high school diploma. We will be encouraging the teachers and building a physical school house to assist these children.