October 30th, 2013 (InsideCostaRica.com) The average schooling of Costa Rica’s black population over 25 years of age is 8.3 years, a number that falls to just 5.9 years in rural areas, while only 5.5% of black men have professional-level work, according to recently released data by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP).
The report is based on data from the last national census of population and housing, in 2011, which showed that the white population had roughly one year of additional schooling – 9.3 years in urban areas and 6.5 years in rural areas.
According to the report, 7.8% of Costa Ricans self-identified as being of African descent.
The data showed that the gap in higher education is significant between the country’s black and non-black populations. Only 8.6% of the black population said they have studied at a university, compared to 17.6% of the population as a whole.
The UNDP Resident Coordinator for Costa Rica, Yoriko Yasukawa, said the study shows the need for universal quality education.
“The [black population] in all of Latin America continues to have lower rates of employment, literacy, years of schooling, fewer university graduates, and fewer leadership positions in government and medium and large enterprises,” said Silvia Garcia, regional project coordinator for the report.