Key Findings - Labrador Baseline Report on Human Development
This report focuses on four key areas that reflect the formal education components of life cycle development:
- early childhood education,
- post secondary education,
- secondary education,
It is a Baseline Report, which represents a snap shot in time. It doesn't explain why things are the way they are. The reason we did this report was to;
- identify key human development issues
- assess the current status and scope of issues in Labrador
- identify current and potential barriers to development in Labrador
- enable service delivery agents to measure progress over time
- examine some best practices from other regions
- provide some direction for future development
Early Childhood Development - What the data tell us...
- According to the 2001 census, there were 1,865 children aged 0-4 years. This population is gradually declining as in other regions of the province. However, there are communities where populations are increasing.
- As of 2003, there were no regulated childcare spaces for ages 0-24 months. The assumption is that informal care arrangements are predominant.
- There are 16 Family Resource Centers throughout Labrador.
- Awareness needs to be raised on the importance of early childhood development.
Secondary Education - What the data tell us...
- Enrollment is declining.
- Graduation levels with Honors and Academic standings in economic zones one, four and five are well below provincial averages.
- High incidences of students in special education occur in some zones
- Criterion Referenced Tests scores show that Labrador students are on par with their urban counterparts.
- Students are more likely to rely on advice from their parents for career planning.
Post Secondary Education - What the data tell us...
- The proportion of the population with post-secondary education at trades exceeds the provincial average.
- All areas of Labrador fall below the provincial average regarding the percentage of the population with a university degree.
- The Labrador Inuit Association has sponsored over 400 students to attend post secondary education.
- Literacy data will be available in late 2004.
- Transition from rural schools to large post secondary institutions is very challenging for students.
Employment - What the data tell us...
- Zones one and five have lowest labour participation rates (ratio of population active in workforce).
- Employment rates in zones two and three exceed the provincial average.
- Labrador is a region of disparity; zone two has lowest unemployment rate while zones one, four and five have the highest.
- Annual reliance on social assistance has been steadily decreasing in all areas since 1997.