NPH Dominican Republic is committed to educating vulnerable children in the communities we serve. September 19, 2019 - Dominican Republic
Kendy enjoys a normal day at school.
In the Dominican Republic basic education begins at age 6 and consists of eight years of schooling. According to UNICEF, in 2011 1.6 million boys and girls were enrolled at this level, 75% in the public sector, 22% in the private sector, and the rest in the semi- private sector. In addition, secondary education now lasts four years, from age 14 to 17.
To help bolster national achievement in education, UNICEF collaborates with federal agencies to support early childhood learning and stimulation (0 to 5 years) and basic and secondary education. One area of focus is the reintegration of children and adolescents who have dropped out of school to get them back in class and keep them in the school system.
Here in our NPH family, academic education is key to the growth and development of our children. Significant resources are put toward learning, which helps ensure the success of our young people when they eventually leave the NPH home and enter society as productive men and women.
One of our high achievers is Kendy. He came to NPH Dominican Republic in 2006 at the age of 7, the oldest of three brothers. Now in high school, he has distinguished himself by his dedication to his studies and consistently high grades. He is at the top of his class and his teachers tout him as a model student. He is thinking about studying engineering or mathematics after high school, spurred by a love of math. This 19-year-old also has a passion for basketball, which he plays as often as he can.
Kendy says that for him NPH has been perfect. “NPH has taken care of me and my siblings and given me everything I need. I want to be a benefit to NPH and to society.” He looks forward to the day when he can give back to the home that has done so much for him.
At NPH, we are committed to supporting people like Kendy—children and youth who, given a chance and the right resources, will grow up to pursue their dreams and give back to the community.
Alba Pérez Communications Officer
You may be only one person in the world, but you may be all the world to one child.
—Fr. William Wasson