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DUCATIONAL TRENDS throughout the world hold wider and

deeper significance for American education today than in any previous period of our country. Thousands upon thousands of foreign students from many nations are enrolled each year in American colleges and universities. Increasingly the vital part which education contributes to the development of society is being recognized by peoples and their governments.

The present bulletin is another in the Office of Education's long established series on education in other countries. This bulletin deals with some of the most apparent educational trends at the present time in European affiliated areas of the Caribbean. These include the British, Netherlands, and French affiliated areas.

The educational ties of these areas with the United States add importance and interest to such a study. To cite just one example, more than 1,400 students from the British Caribbean areas alone were enrolled in institutions of higher learning in the United States during the 1958–59 school year, according to published statistics of the privately supported Institute of International Education.

Information in this bulletin is based in considerable part on direct observation by the author of educational institutions and practices, and on discussions with educational and other specialists, in certain of the Caribbean areas during the latter part of 1958. These observations and discussions were supplemented by extensive study of published source materials and other writings on the area generally and its educational patterns and facilities. The Office of Education and the author are grateful to governmental and school officials in the Federation of The West Indies, Trinidad and Tobago, British Guiana, Barbados, Antigua, and Jamaica; in the Netherlands Antilles, the Island-Territory of Curaçao, and Surinam; and in the French partement of Martinique, for their indispensable assistance and their many courtesies. They supplied data, reports, and other materials; made possible direct observation of educational institutions; and generously gave of their time and knowledge in discussing education in their respective areas. Likewise, officials of the Caribbean Commission, the Embassies of the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, and France in Washington, D.C., the U.S. Department of State, the United States Consulates, Information Service Offices, and Operations Missions in the Caribbean areas visited, gave invaluable assistance in

providing various materials, background information, and useful suggestions, and in extending many courtesies, all of which greatly facilitated the pursuance of the study.

It is hoped that this bulletin will contribute materially toward the furthering of international educational understanding.

OLIVER J. CALDWELL Assistant Commissioner for International Education Bess GOODYKOONTZ

Director, International Educational Relations

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