Dominica is known as the Nature Island of the Caribbean. They say if Columbus was to return to the Caribbean now, the only island he would recognize would be Dominica. The country boasts of 365 rivers, waterfalls galore, the world's largest Boiling Lake, and National Parks to create incomparable beauty of this island, which is situated between two French territories Martinique and Guadeloupe.
Close proximity to the Caribbean Sea and perfect weather all year round make Dominica the first class offshore harbor for international business.
Dominica, officially the Commonwealth of Dominica, is an island nation in the Lesser Antilles region of the Caribbean Sea, south-southeast of Guadeloupe and northwest of Martinique. The capital is Roseau.
Its size is 750 square kilometres (290 sq mi) and the highest point in the country is Morne Diablotins, which has an elevation of 1,447 metres (4,747 ft).
The Commonwealth of Dominica has an estimated population of 72,500.
Because of its lush vegetation and high elevations, the Commonwealth of Dominica experiences some of the wettest weather in the Caribbean, creating a humid and tropical climate almost year-round. The variation in altitudes, along with the rain and heat, helps the island maintain diverse vegetation and plant life, including more than 1,000 species of flowering plants.
One of the quickest ways to get to know a community, or culture, with which one is unfamiliar, is to dance with them. In the case of Dominica Island’s vibrant cultural history, a great deal can be learned through dance.
Works of music, art, and dance, and the compositions, forms, and styles created by the peoples of Dominica are a tactile and experiential representation of the peoples that collided and melted together to create the island culture of today.
Dominica has spectacular hills and valleys, waterfalls and rain forests. It is a popular destination for American and European tourists, particularly those interested in diving and eco-tourism.
Education is free and is provided by both government and denominational schools. Attendance is compulsory between the ages of 5 and 15 years. The educational system is divided into four main categories: preprimary, primary, secondary, and tertiary and is governed by the Ministry of Education. The system is modeled after the British (levels) and North American (grade) structures. Primary education begins at the age of five and lasts for seven years. Secondary education begins at the age of twelve and lasts for five years. Gross enrollment in 1999 at the preschool and primary level for children aged 5 to 11 was 15,982. Gross enrollment at the secondary level was 7,356 in 1999. Females accounted for 47.1 percent of enrollment in 2000 at the primary level and 57.0 percent of enrollment at the secondary level. The grading system (1997) for both primary and secondary schools is as follows: Excellent (85 percent to 100 percent); Very Good (70 percent to 84 percent); Good (55 percent to 69 percent); Improvement Needed (40 percent to 54 percent); Poor (26 percent to 39 percent); Ungraded (0 percent to 25 percent).
The educational system of Dominica consists of:
83 preprimary schools—all privately owned, managed, and funded;
63 primary schools—53 are government-owned, 5 are government-assisted, and 5 are private;
15 secondary schools—6 are government-owned, 8 are government-assisted, and 1 private-grant aided;
1 school for the hearing impaired (government funded);
1 school for the mentally challenged (privately and government-funded); and
Clifton Dupigny Community College; Dominica Teachers Training College; and Princess Margaret Hospital School of Nursing.