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Martinique, an overseas department of France with a population of 386,486, is an island of the Lesser Antilles chain in the eastern Caribbean sea. As a part of France, it is also part of the European Union, and therefore its official currency is the Euro, odd for a place so near to the American continents. But visitors are happy to exchange their dollars and pesos for the continental currency, clearly, as the island attracts in excess of half a million visitors each year. Its pristine beaches, lush tropical forests, and volcanic geography are all strikingly beautiful. And the quirky vibe of it being, simultaneously, a tropical hamlet and distinctly French is a feeling unique to Martinique.
Martinique’s biggest city, Fort-De-France, is also the capital of the territory, and one of its most important ports. Le Lamentin is a suburb town of Fort-de-france, and known for its industrial and economic activity. Martinique is known for its production of rum, but its former activity as an agricultural center and exporter has declined in favor of tourist-centered service industries. But Le Lamentin is an area where commerce is alive and well. The area is home to an oil refinery and the two largest shopping centers on the island. It is also an area where people are increasingly choosing to live as well, and with that, comes the need for education.
Martinique’s education system is built, as a matter of course, on the French model. School is compulsory and free for students aged 6 through 16, and education is available until the age of 18 in a Lycée, a secondary school that awards the Baccalauréat degree upon completion. In Le Lamentin, the Lycée Acajou 2 is one such institution, serving the students of Martinique with top quality instruction that rigorously prepares them for University.
Named after the Acajou Quarter, where it is located, Lycée Acajou 2 is a public institution that invited students to stay at the institution overnight, as a boarding school. The school is operated with the idea that each student should be given the opportunity to succeed, and as each is an individual who according to their own goals and abilities, so should the attention paid to them be individualized and unique. Lycée Acajou is the only school that is licensed to offer courses in Energy and Sustainable Development, certainly an important skill and area of expertise for both Martinique and the world at large. © 2015 Raul Men / David V.
What separates Lycée Acajou from other schools are the superior results of its students. 85% of its students that complete the scholastic program pass the Baccalauréat exam the first time they take it. The national standard is that 80% of students taking the exam for a second time pass, showing that Lycée Acajou’s results are somewhat extraordinary. Many of the graduating students take the opportunity to travel to mainland France for University, opening up immense international opportunities for the rest of their lives.
Education is one of the main keys to economic development, and Martinique has been steadily climbing in that area. First, the introduction of compulsory and free education almost entirely eliminated illiteracy on the island, and now, higher levels of educational attainment are regularly within reach. It is the standout schools, such as Lycée Acajou, that will lead the way to Martinique’s educational future.
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