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ABOUT BARBADOS

The term Commonwealth Caribbean is used to refer to the independent English-speaking countries of the Caribbean region.

 

Upon a country's full independence from the United Kingdom, Anglophone Caribbean or Commonwealth Caribbean traditionally becomes the preferred sub-regional term as a replacement to British West Indies.[1]

 

TERRITORIES

The independent island-nations that are considered as Commonwealth Caribbean include:

·        https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/8/89/Flag_of_Antigua_and_Barbuda.svg/23px-Flag_of_Antigua_and_Barbuda.svg.png Antigua and Barbuda

·        https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/9/93/Flag_of_the_Bahamas.svg/23px-Flag_of_the_Bahamas.svg.png The Bahamas

·        https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/e/ef/Flag_of_Barbados.svg/23px-Flag_of_Barbados.svg.png Barbados

·        https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/c/c4/Flag_of_Dominica.svg/23px-Flag_of_Dominica.svg.png Dominica

·        https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/b/bc/Flag_of_Grenada.svg/23px-Flag_of_Grenada.svg.png Grenada

·        https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/0/0a/Flag_of_Jamaica.svg/23px-Flag_of_Jamaica.svg.png Jamaica

·        https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/f/fe/Flag_of_Saint_Kitts_and_Nevis.svg/23px-Flag_of_Saint_Kitts_and_Nevis.svg.png Saint Kitts and Nevis

·        https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/9/9f/Flag_of_Saint_Lucia.svg/23px-Flag_of_Saint_Lucia.svg.png Saint Lucia

·        https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/6/6d/Flag_of_Saint_Vincent_and_the_Grenadines.svg/23px-Flag_of_Saint_Vincent_and_the_Grenadines.svg.png Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

·        https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/6/64/Flag_of_Trinidad_and_Tobago.svg/23px-Flag_of_Trinidad_and_Tobago.svg.png Trinidad and Tobago

 

Anglophone Caribbean also refers to the independent English-speaking countries known as the "Mainland Caribbean". These include:

·        https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/e/e7/Flag_of_Belize.svg/23px-Flag_of_Belize.svg.png Belize, once known as British Honduras.

·        https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/9/99/Flag_of_Guyana.svg/23px-Flag_of_Guyana.svg.png Guyana, once known as British Guiana.

 

 

The Anglophone Caribbean makes up a composite cricket team. The West Indies cricket team also includes Guyana, as another former British colony. Bermuda, the U.S. and British Virgin Islands, and the English-speaking Dutch West Indies also participate in Anglophone Caribbean-related sports activities such as 20/20 Cricket.

1 CURRENCY

Barbadian dollars (BBD) per US dollar –

2 (2015 est.)

2 (2014 est.)

2 (2013 est.)

2 (2012 est.)

2 (2011 est.)

note: the Barbadian dollar is pegged to the US dollar

 

2 ECONOMY & GOVERNMENT

Barbados is the wealthiest and most developed country in the Eastern Caribbean and enjoys one of the highest per capita incomes in the region. Historically, the Barbadian economy was dependent on sugarcane cultivation and related activities.

However, in recent years the economy has diversified into light industry and tourism with about four-fifths of GDP and of exports being attributed to services. Offshore finance and information services are important foreign exchange earners and thrive from having the same time zone as eastern US financial centers and a relatively highly educated workforce.

Barbados' tourism, financial services, and construction industries have been hard hit since the onset of the global economic crisis in 2008. Barbados' public debt-to-GDP ratio rose from 56% in 2008 to 101% in 2015. Growth prospects are limited because of a weak tourism outlook and planned austerity measures.

Prime Minister: Freundel STUART (since 23 October 2010)

Education Minister: Minister Hon. Ronald Jones (430-2705)


EDUCATION MINISTRY STAFF

PBX

Connect to all staff

430-2700

Main Conference Room

 

430-2812

Reception

 

430-2726/2720

Security

 

430-2711

Ministry Fax

 

436-2411

GENERAL MANAGEMENT AND ADMINISTRATION

Minister

Hon. Ronald Jones

430-2705

Parliamentary Secretary

Senator Harcourt Husbands

430-2997

Permanent Secretary

Mrs. June Chandler

430-2707

Deputy Permanent Secretary

Mr. Manasseh KIng

430-2703

Chief Education Officer

Mrs. Karen Best

430-2709

Deputy Chief Education Officer

Mrs. Joy Adamson

430-2740

Deputy Chief Education Officer

Dr. Roderick Rudder

430-2781  

Senior Administrative Officer

Mrs Kathy Shepherd

430-2721

HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT

Principal Personnel Officer

Mrs. Stephanie Charles-Soverall

430-2739

Senior Personnel Officer

Mrs. Ann-Marie Burke Brewster

430-2737

FINANCE

Financial Controller

Ms. Jennifer Broomes

430-2887

Senior Accountant

Ms. Pearl Mapp

430-2875

OFFICE MANANGEMENT

Executive Officer

Mrs. Marcia Griffith

430-2800

M.I.S DEPARTMENT

Manager

Mr. Chesterfield Marshall

430-2822

System Analyst

Mrs. Lisa Andersson

430-2820

TEACHER EVALUATION

Senior Education Officer

Ms. Vaneisha Cadogan

430-2718

Education Officer

Mrs. Linda Joy Forde

430-2921

NURSERY AND PRIMARY

Senior Education Officer

Mrs. Joy Adamson

2753

Education Officer (Nursery)

Ms. Catherine Blackman

2974

Education Officer- Special Ed.

 

2750

Education Officer (District)

Mrs. Olwin Walker

2930

Education Officer (District)

Mrs. Janice Reid

2746

Education Officer (District)

Mr. Junior Burgess

2748

Education Officer (District)

Mr. Lomer Rock

2749

Education Officer (District)

Ms. Shamin Ally

2752

Executive Officer

Ms. Andrea White

2755

Administrative Officer II

Ms. Kathy-Ann Lowe

2761

SECONDARY SECTION

Senior Education Officer

Ms. Patricia Warner

2759

Education Officer

Mrs. Montege Dean-Bowen

2756

Education Officer

Mr. Henderson Wiltshire

2754

Education Officer

Mrs. Hedda Phillips-Boyce

2758

Education Officer

Mrs. Yvette Estwick

2832

Education Officer

Mrs. Kaylene Kellman-Holder

2832

Administrative Officer I

Miss Sonia Storey

2836

STUDENT SUPPORT SERVICES UNIT

Senior Psychologist

Miss Juanita Brathwaite

2738

Social Worker

Miss Joyann Eli

2760

Social Worker

Miss Joann Hall

2806

Education Officer

Mrs. Janice Gibbs

2749

SCHOOL ATTENDANCE

Senior School Attendance Officer

Mrs. Sharon Weekes-Cumberbatch

2762

CURRICULUM

Senior Education Officer

Mr. Fernando Carter

2829

Education Officer (Soc. Studies)

Mrs. Celeste Clarke-Cox

2817

Education Officer (Mathematics)

Mrs. Wendy Griffith

2924

Education Officer (Language Arts)

Mrs. Pauline Millar

2925

Education Officer (Science)

Miss Pamela Hunte

2818

Education Officer (Physical Ed.)

Miss Andrea Nichols

2819

Education Officer (Reading & Lit.)

Mrs. Christina Morris

2773

Education Officer (For. Lang.)

Miss Peggy Agard

2770

Peripatetic Teacher

Mr. Samuel Maynard

2828

Peripatetic Teacher

Mrs. Janelle Little

2828

Peripatetic Teacher

Mr. John Shepherd

2828

Administrative Officer II

Mrs. Veronica Skeete

2828

EXAMINATIONS AND ASSESSMENT UNIT

Senior Education Officer

Mr. Glyne Price

2780

Education Officer

 

2719

Senior Executive Officer

Mrs. Sheila Grazette

2772

Administrative Officer

Ms. Jackie Thomas

2771

PLANNING, RESEARCH AND INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

Senior Education Officer

Dr. Roderick Rudder

2788

Education Officer

Miss Petrona Holder

2831

Economist

Mr. Tanbaje Sealy

2936

Administrative Officer I (Planning)

Miss Tracy Richards

2825

Administrative Officer I (IR)

Miss Juliette Griffith

2702

Data Analyst

Mrs. Dionne Gill

2790

PROGRAMME COORDINATING UNIT

Programme Director

Mr. Junior Burgess

2793

Programme Officer (Schools)

Mrs. Lisa Sandifoird-Cupid

2791

Procurement Officer

Mr. Corey Morris

2948

Administrative Officer II

Mr. Glenroy Walcott

2951

TERTIARY SECTION

Senior Education Officer

Mrs. Gertrude Welch

2768

Administrative Officer I

 

2767

Administrative Officer II

Miss Diana Goodridge

2765

MEDIA RESOURCE DEPARTMENT

Chief Audio Visual Aids Officer

Mr. Walter Harper

2846

Asst. Chief AV Aids Officer

Mr. Burkley Lowe

2844

EDUCATION PROJECT IMPLEMENTATION UNIT

Project Manager

Mr. Richard Harrison

2902

Project Educator

Mr. Cuthbert Lewis

2896

Project Educator

Ms. Suzanne Ward

2900

Administrative Officer I

Mr. Oneal Prescod

2907

Senior Accountant

Ms. Cheryl White

2897

STUDENT REVOLVING LOAN FUND

Administrative Manager

Ms. Roslyn Shepherd

2868

Loans Manager

Mr. Ambrose Johnson

2870

Finance Manager

Ms. Andrea Callender

2864

Senior Accountant

Ms. Nanita Pereira

2861

HIGHER EDUCATION DEVELOPMENT UNIT

Director

Dr. Patrick Rowe

535-4051

Management Information Systems

Dr. Chesterfield Browne

535-4056

Executive Officer

 

535-4050

NATIONAL COUNCIL OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

Director

Mr. Charles Cyrus

427-1820

Senior Technical Officer

Ms. Paulita Benjamin

427-5272

Senior Technical Officer

Ms. Arlene Weekes

427-5274

SCHOOL MEALS DEPARTMENT

Manager

Dr Marcilia Nelson

436-6658

School Meals Officer

Ms. Dawn Browne

436-6659

General Office

Lower Bay Street

436-6660

School Meals Centre

Country Road

427-5151

School Meals Centre

Harbour 

427-5538

School Meals Centre

Lancaster 

432-0449

School Meals Centre

St Christopher 

428-8167

 

3 POPULATION

290,604 (July 2015 est.)

Capital City: BRIDGETOWN (capital) 90,000 (2014)

4 OFFICIAL LANGUAGE

English (official), Bajan (English-based creole language, widely spoken in informal settings)

5 POLITICS & GOVT (Cabinet)

GOVERNMENT:

Parliamentary democracy (Parliament) under a constitutional monarchy; a Commonwealth realm

INDEPENDENCE: The island was uninhabited when first settled by the British in 1627. African slaves worked the sugar plantations established on the island until 1834 when slavery was abolished. The economy remained heavily dependent on sugar, rum, and molasses production through most of the 20th century. The gradual introduction of social and political reforms in the 1940s and 1950s led to complete independence from the UK in 1966. In the 1990s, tourism and manufacturing surpassed the sugar industry in economic importance.

CONSTITUTION: adopted 22 November 1966, effective 30 November 1966; amended several times, last in 2007 (2016)

LEGAL SYSTEM: English common law; no judicial review of legislative acts

INTERNATIONAL LAW ORGANIZATION PARTICIPATION: accepts compulsory ICJ jurisdiction with reservations; accepts ICCt jurisdiction

EXECUTIVE BRANCH:

chief of state: Queen ELIZABETH II (since 6 February 1952); represented by Governor General Elliot BELGRAVE (since 1 June 2012)

head of government:  Prime Minister Freundel STUART (since 23 October 2010)

 

INTERNATIONAL DISPUTES:

Barbados and Trinidad and Tobago abide by the April 2006 Permanent Court of Arbitration decision delimiting a maritime boundary and limiting catches of flying fish in Trinidad and Tobago's exclusive economic zone;

 

Joins other Caribbean states to counter Venezuela's claim that Aves Island sustains human habitation, a criterion under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, which permits Venezuela to extend its Economic Exclusion Zone/continental shelf over a large portion of the eastern Caribbean Sea

 

ILLICIT DRUGS:

 

One of many Caribbean transshipment points for narcotics bound for Europe and the US; offshore financial center

 

 

Diplomatic representation in the US:https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/graphics/field_listing_on.gif

chief of mission: Ambassador John E. BEALE (since 29 January 2009)

chancery: 2144 Wyoming Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20008

 

telephone: [1] (202) 939-9200

FAX: [1] (202) 332-7467

 

consulate(s) general: Miami, New York

consulate(s): Los Angeles

 

Diplomatic representation from the US:https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/graphics/field_listing_on.gif

chief of mission: Ambassador Linda S. TAGLIALATELA (since 1 February 2016) note - also accredited to Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

 

embassy: U.S. Embassy, Wildey Business Park, Wildey, St. Michael BB 14006

mailing address: P. O. Box 302, Bridgetown BB 11000; (Department Name) Unit 3120, DPO AA 34055

 

telephone: [1] (246) 227-4000

FAX: [1] (246) 431-0179

 

 

6 BRITISH HIGH COMMISSION

7 SOVEREIGNTY

Independence 30 November 1966 (from the UK)

8 EDUCATION

Education Expenditures:

6.7% of GDP (2014)

 

EDUCATION MINISTER:

 

 

LITERACY/School Life Expectency (primary to tertiary education):

total: 15 years

male: 14 years

female: 17 years (2011)

 

 

 

9 COMMUNICATIONS & MEDIA

Telephones - fixed lines:https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/graphics/field_listing_on.gif

total subscriptions: 150,000

subscriptions per 100 inhabitants: 52 (2014 est.)

country comparison to the world: 138

Telephones - mobile cellular:https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/graphics/field_listing_on.gif

total: 305,500

subscriptions per 100 inhabitants: 105 (2014 est.)

country comparison to the world: 176

Telephone system:https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/graphics/field_listing_on.gif

general assessment: island-wide automatic telephone system

domestic: fixed-line teledensity of roughly 50 per 100 persons; mobile-cellular telephone density approaching 125 per 100 persons

international: country code - 1-246; landing point for the East Caribbean Fiber System (ECFS) submarine cable with links to 13 other islands in the eastern Caribbean extending from the British Virgin Islands to Trinidad; satellite earth stations - 1 (Intelsat - Atlantic Ocean); tropospheric scatter to Trinidad and Saint Lucia (2009)

Broadcast media:https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/graphics/field_listing_on.gif

government-owned Caribbean Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) operates the lone terrestrial TV station; CBC also operates a multi-channel cable TV subscription service; roughly a dozen radio stations, consisting of a CBC-operated network operating alongside privately owned radio stations (2007)

Radio broadcast stations:https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/graphics/field_listing_on.gif

AM 2, FM 13, shortwave 0 (2009)

Television broadcast stations:https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/graphics/field_listing_on.gif

1 (plus 2 cable channels) (2004)

Internet country code:https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/graphics/field_listing_on.gif

.bb

Internet hosts:https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/graphics/field_listing_on.gif

1,524 (2012)

country comparison to the world: 167

Internet users:https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/graphics/field_listing_on.gif

total: 227,400

percent of population: 78.5% (2014 est.)

country comparison to the world: 152

 

10 GENERAL

Location:https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/graphics/field_listing_on.gif

Caribbean, island in the North Atlantic Ocean, northeast of Venezuela

 

Geographic coordinates:https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/graphics/field_listing_on.gif

13 10 N, 59 32 W

 

Map references:https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/graphics/field_listing_on.gif

Central America and the Caribbean

 

Area:https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/graphics/field_listing_on.gif

total: 430 sq km

land: 430 sq km

water: 0 sq km

country comparison to the world: 202

 

Area - comparative:https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/graphics/field_listing_on.gif

2.5 times the size of Washington, DC

 

Land boundaries:https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/graphics/field_listing_on.gif

0 km

 

Coastline:https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/graphics/field_listing_on.gif

97 km

 

Maritime claims:https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/graphics/field_listing_on.gif

territorial sea: 12 nm

exclusive economic zone: 200 nm

 

Climate:https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/graphics/field_listing_on.gif

tropical; rainy season (June to October)

 

Terrain:https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/graphics/field_listing_on.gif

relatively flat; rises gently to central highland region

 

Elevation:https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/graphics/field_listing_on.gif

mean elevation: NA

elevation extremes: lowest point: Atlantic Ocean 0 m

highest point: Mount Hillaby 336 m

 

Natural resources:https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/graphics/field_listing_on.gif

petroleum, fish, natural gas

 

Land use:https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/graphics/field_listing_on.gif

agricultural land: 32.6%

arable land 25.6%; permanent crops 2.3%; permanent pasture 4.7%

forest: 19.4%

other: 48% (2011 est.)

 

Irrigated land:https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/graphics/field_listing_on.gif

50 sq km (2012)

 

Total renewable water resources:https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/graphics/field_listing_on.gif

0.08 cu km (2011)

 

Freshwater withdrawal (domestic/industrial/agricultural):https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/graphics/field_listing_on.gif

total: 0.1 cu km/yr (20%/26%/54%)

per capita: 371.3 cu m/yr (2009)

 

Natural hazards:https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/graphics/field_listing_on.gif

infrequent hurricanes; periodic landslides

 

Environment - current issues:https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/graphics/field_listing_on.gif

pollution of coastal waters from waste disposal by ships; soil erosion; illegal solid waste disposal threatens contamination of aquifers

 

Environment - international agreements:https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/graphics/field_listing_on.gif

party to: Biodiversity, Climate Change, Climate Change-Kyoto Protocol, Desertification, Endangered Species, Hazardous Wastes, Law of the Sea, Marine Dumping, Ozone Layer Protection, Ship Pollution, Wetlands

signed, but not ratified: none of the selected agreements

 

Geography - note:https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/graphics/field_listing_on.gif

easternmost Caribbean island

 

11 NATIONAL ANTHEM

 

name: "The National Anthem of Barbados"

lyrics/music: Irving BURGIE/C. Van Roland EDWARDS

note: adopted 1966; the anthem is also known as "In Plenty and In Time of Need"

 

“In Plenty & In Time of Need”

https://youtu.be/2E_OJkvSSbo