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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,
  • employment.

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.
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