In Aruba, for several decades, the percentage of children and youth following education is very high. The results of the Censo2020 underscore this one more time.
The results indicate that 87.5% of children and youth in the age group 0 to 17 years are attending school or following an education, including different types of online education.
For children between 4 and 16 years for whom compulsory education is applicable, the percentage of participation is much higher, namely 98,7%.
The participation percentage is almost the same for boys (98.6%) and girls (98,9%). The main reasons for not going to school were physical or mental health problems followed by the current COVID-19 pandemic.
Compared to Censo2010, in 2020, the percentage of children between 0-3 years that visited a day-care center decreased.
While in 2010, 45.4% of children till 3 years old were visiting a day-care center, in 2020, the percentage stood at 35.9%.
There was also a slight decrease for children attending school, aged 4 to 5 years from 97.9% in 2010 to 96.0% in 2020.
In the age group, 6 to 11 years, the results of Censo2020 showed a slight increase in the percentage of children attending school, from 98.8% in 2010 pa 99.3% in 2020.
There was also an increase for young persons between 12 and 17 years. While in 2010, 96.0% of young persons were attending school, in 2020, this percentage increased to 98.1%.
The percentage of boys and girls attending school is almost the same, 87.3% for boys and 87.7% for girls between 0-17 years.