Barbados is a small state of the Commonwealth and the most eastern of the Caribbean islands, with a population of about 286,000. Barbados ranks high among Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) countries in terms of social and economic indicators. It has contributed to COL’s budget since 2005 and takes an active role in COL’s regional activities.

School-age Population by Education Level1

18,292

 

20,118

Secondary

 

Tertiary

 

 

Gross Enrolment Ratio (GER) in Secondary Education
for the school year ending 20111

111%

 

99%

Female

 

Male

 

 

Gross Enrolment Ratio (GER) in Tertiary Education
for the school year ending 20111

88.1%

 

35.9%

Female

 

Male

 

 

Percentage of female teachers in 1

58.8%

 

48.7%

Secondary(2006)

 

Tertiary (2007)

 

 

1. UNESCO Institutue for Statitics Data Centre, retrieved in May, 2015

 

Literacy rate (2012)1

n/a

 

n/a

Adult (15+) literacy rate
Female

 

Adult (15+) literacy rate
Male

 

 

Economic Activity (2010)1

67%

 

79%

Adult (15+) economic activity
Female

 

Adult (15+) economic activity
Male

 

 

Political Decision Making (2014)1

10%

Proportion of seats held by women in national parliament

 

 

Life expectancy (2012)1

81

 

75

Female

 

Male

 

 

1. COL gender country profile April 2015 

 

52.3 108.1
Fixed-telephone subscriptions per 100 inhabitants1 Mobile-cellular subscriptions per 100 inhabitants1

 

 

 
23.8 41.5
Fixed-broadband subscriptions per 100 inhabitants1 Mobile-broadband subscriptions per 100 inhabitants1

 

 

 
69.1 75
Households with a computer (%)1 Individuals using the internet (%)1

 

 

1. International Telecommunication Union (ITU) ICT Eye Country profile, retrieved in April, 2015