Dominica was ravaged by the Category 5 strength of Hurricane Maria, leaving many to wonder what’s next for the Nature Island. But according to noted local historian Lennox Honychurch, this has happened in the past, and each time the country has bounced back better than before.
Dominica is member of the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) and as such is being supported by GPE alongside Grenada, Saint Lucia, and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. The OECS recognizes the importance of improving the quality of education as part of the solution to improving social and economic development in the region. On average, OECS countries spend over 17% of the national budget on education and between 5-7% of GDP. The OECS countries have made good progress in access to basic education, which is expanded to universal levels with some countries implementing universal early childhood education, but some challenges remain with regard to access, equity, and quality.
Dominica indisputably has the most advanced geothermal project in the Caribbean and that in turn has implications for the rest of the region. An operational geothermal power plant would be a shot in the arm for the regional geothermal industry and would inform and influence similar efforts in OECS countries such as St. Lucia, St. Vincent, Nevis and St. Kitts. Unlocking a larger resource for an inter-island electricity project is the holy grail of geothermal endeavors in the Caribbean, and if Dominica were successful it would be a game changer both for Dominica and the Caribbean as a whole. Few would dispute that most of the pieces are now in place. The pressure is now on to deliver.