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Dominican Republic, Los Maranitos
Acronis School in Dominican Republic
Construction period: Mar 2020 – Apr 2021

Facts

Type of facility

A school building with two classrooms and sanitary facilities

Students

150

Budget

€49,000

NGO partner

Education

Academic year

August to June

Literacy rate (15+ years old)

93.8 %

Attendance rate

Primary school – 93.2%
Lower secondary school – 59.7%
Upper secondary school – 71.8%

Out-of-school children

Children (6 – 11 years) – 65,825
Adolescents (12 to 14 years) – 62,165
Youth (15 – 17) – 141,627

Project implementation

RNT Rausch, who have fundraised 75% of the school cost, and the Acronis Cyber Foundation, having contributed 25% of the cost, started construction of a first-class educational center in Los Maranitos. It will not be a school in the classical sense, but a supplementary educational institution to the public schools in the region, as these are not open for about 5 months a year and children do not acquire sufficient skills.

The new educational institution will bring benefit to the whole community by offering coed programs and access to the classes for all community members. Its curriculum will include academic courses and environmental education.

The public school in Los Maranitos has morning and afternoon sessions, and the new educational center will have a curriculum complementary to the public school’s schedule so that all children can attend classes there. It will work in close cooperation with the public school and track academic performance of each child. The educational institution will be open Monday to Saturday, all year long.

About the country

Country

The Dominican Republic

Capital city

Santo Domingo

Population

10.7 million people

Currency

Dominican peso (RD$)

Major languages

Mainly Spanish-speaking, with Haitian Creole and English

Travel information

The Dominican Republic has a tropical rainforest climate in the coastal and lowland areas.

Annual average temperature

25°C (77°F)

Dry season

December to April, characterized by low levels of rainfall and pleasantly warm temperatures.

Wet season

May to November, characterized by higher levels of rainfall and humidity.

Travel tips

Hotel recommendations

Santo Domingo: Hodelpa Nicolas de Ovando

Los Marranitos: Cabaña Los Marranitos

Cabarete: Velero Beach Resort

Places to eat

Santo Domingo: Elizondo Restaurante

Jarabacoa: Aroma de la Montaña

Best souvenirs from the country

Dominican cacao & coffee, larimar, H\honey, batata jam, rum

Travel agencies

Gestur

Interpreting services

Lighthouse Translations

Proposed one week tour

Day 1: Santo Domingo: Zona Colonial

Day 2: Los Morenos: Local community visit

Day 3: Los Marranitos: School visit

Day 4: Los Marranitos: School visit

Day 5: Cabarete: Kite surfing and sandy beaches

Day 6: Around Cabarete: Laguna Gri-Gri

Day 7: Santo Domingo: Los Tres Ojos (The Three Eyes cave)

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