The DREAM Project:

Posted on April 10, 2011


The DREAM Project is an organization working in the Dominican Republic. They focus on early and continuing education because they believe that is what changes lives and has a lasting effect. They hope to improve the quality of life for individuals by providing access to education. VOLUNTEER with The DREAM Project!


  • In a 2008 study of academic achievement for third and sixth grade students, the Dominican Republic came in dead last in the areas of Math, Reading and Science, significantly lower than the other 16 Latin American countries participating (UNESCO, SERCE 2008).
  • The Dominican Republic’s public investment in education is 2.3% of their Gross Domestic Product, which ranks 122nd out of 132 countries. (UNESCO).
  • 85% of poor Dominican parents have never completed primary education.
  • In the Dominican Republic, “according to a cohort analysis, of 100 children entering formal education, only 75 complete grade 4; 63 complete grade 6 and only 52 complete the 8-year primary level. This situation is even worse in rural areas where most schools stop at grade 5.” [OECD 2008]
  • The High School Enrollment Rate is 61%. (UNESCO)
  • An estimated 40 percent of the population is under 15 years old.
  • The Dominican Republic was ranked 101 out of 177 countries in terms of literacy.
  • The HIV/AIDS rate among the adult population in the DR is 1.1%, although it is much higher in batey communities.
  • The primary school dropout rate in the Dominican Republic is 14%.
  • Only 12% of low-income students who start high school will complete their studies, compared to 62% of those from higher income brackets in the DR.
  • As of 2008, the Dominican Republic’s population of over 9 million included (unofficially) more than 800,000 Haitians. Bateys such as Caraballo are experiencing a great increase in Haitian residents since the January 2010 earthquake.