Many youth in the Dominican Republic are unable to reach their full potential due to low levels of education and high levels of poverty. Historically, the school system in the Dominican Republic produces the lowest educational results in all of Latin America and more than one third of children in the country live in families that survive on less than $5 per day per family member. All children have a right to primary school education, but unfortunately the reality looks different. Even at schools that are free, expenditures often occur for school supplies and clothes, which makes it difficult for many families to afford education for their children. Many kids also live far away from the nearest school and the way to it can be anything but child-friendly. It is estimated that the percentage of children that receive preschool education is only 16% for those from the poorest sectors
Together for Better supports education in some of the most marginalized areas in the south-east of the Dominican Republic. The schools are run by local women, teachers and local foundations that aim to secure that marginalized children in their community get access to education. We are here to support them in that work. Together for Better supports schools that give extra attention to girls education. Our goal is that the children learn to read and write to be prepared for higher education in a state- funded school.
We believe that learning changes lives, and that all children in the Dominican Republic should have equal access to education. Starting from the earliest stage, our vision is to offer young learners a chance to escape a life in poverty.