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Universidad Iberoamericana UNIBE BBA in International Business Dominican History Professor Elsa Torres Valerie Bodden Kluge (10-0014)
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Bodden; 2/13 December 01, 2010 Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic Table of Contents INTRODUCTION ................................................................................................... 3 - 4 BODY ........................................................................................................................ 5-10 T HE S OCIAL I SSUE ...................................................................................................... 5-6 Changes throughout time (charts) ....................................................................... 6-8 Consequenses of the Social Issue ........................................................................ 8-9 Solutions to the Problem ....................................................................................... 10 CONCLUSION ........................................................................................................... 11 WORKS CITED .................................................................................................. 12 - 13
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Bodden; 3/13 Introduction The lack of a good public educational system has greatly affected the Dominican population. Not solely is the system affected by the negligence of passing governments, but with the weak economic condition the country faces, the now 4% of the GDP, previously 2.2% of the GDP (1), supposedly directed towards education, is not enough to cultivate a good educational level. Subsequently, a bad education leads to a country with a large unemployment level, currently 14.9% (1). Unemployment does not precisely mean not having a job, but many times working in informal positions, not recognized by the government, and working in a position beneath what you could ultimately do. Now a days there is a high level of competition in the labor market, a lot of people are competing for the same jobs and some would like to prosper from their current monetary level into a better off one, but the problem is that many of these Dominicans, as the majority of the population, come from a impoverished background and depended on the mediocre public educational system. These people do no have the fair opportunity to face others who have had the advantage to study in private schools or abroad; therefore most of the time are forced to work under their capability. If the government were to actually keep to what the new constitution says, and provides the whole 4% of internal revenue towards the educational program, the country would progress in immeasurable ways and furthermore, develop substantionally. If 42.2% (1) of the population is living below the poverty line and cannot afford private education, the government should be obliged to provide a good
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Bodden; 4/13 educational system for the wellbeing of the nation as a whole. How can a country expect to create future leaders, future entrepreneurs, future good politicians, if there is nothing to help them reach their goals. For when a considerable percentage of the population lives with a budget of under US$2.00 daily, how can they even consider spending on other things than food for self-preservation. The lack of good educational programs in the Dominican Republic has lead to a staggering amount of people being stuck in the same, low income, economic level.
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Bodden; 5/13 The Social Issue “Poverty is commonly defined as economic condition of lacking both money and basic necessities needed to successfully live, such as food, water, education, healthcare, and shelter.”(2) Throughout the world, an approximate of “1.4 billion” (3) people live in absolute poverty, while a staggering amount of nearly half the 6 billion people in the world live below the poverty line stipulated by the World Bank. On the
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