Essay about Dominican Republic vs. Haiti

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Dominican Republic and Haiti: A Comparison of How One Island Has Two Complete Different Ends

Dominican Republic and Haiti: A Comparison of How One Island Has Two Complete Different Ends The Hispaniola is a small island in the Caribbean which is currently composed by the Dominican Republic and the Republic of Haiti. These two countries despite sharing an island and historical institutions are completely different. While the Dominican Republic enjoys the beauty of the Caribbean and its weather, Haiti suffers the consequences of it. These two countries share certain similarities, but within these similarities there is a big difference. The Dominican Republic and Haiti have a similar economy, environment, and education system, but in
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Therefore, the rain blows in favor of the Dominican Republic causing the Haitian side to be drier (Silver, 2010). Haiti in comparison to the Dominican Republic has a more limestone terrain, and thinner soils which make their land less fertile. The Dominican Republic, on the other hand, has broad valleys and the flow of the river from the high mountains whose water runs also in favor of the Dominican side (Diamond, 2010).
The environmental growth is not the only issue on a country’s growth; a good education has the power to place a country at a higher level. Education can be considered as a long term investment a country could make for its people, to reduce poverty and inequality. As we may know, education goes beyond reading and writing, but not knowing how to read or write increases poverty and unemployment. The educational system in the Dominican Republic is miserable, however, it’s more organized than Haiti’s. A person is considerably more likely to be able to read and write if living in the eastern part of the island, the Dominican Republic.
Haiti currently holds a 53% of literacy rate, being the country number 200 out of 215 countries in the world. Dominican Republic, despite having less years of secondary education, has a 90.1% and currently holds place number 141 within the 215 countries in the world. (Facts, n.d). After the impact of the earthquake on January 2010, education in Haiti has dropped due to the 4200 schools that were lost. On

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