Gender in schools and accomodating differences

21 Jun

The Dutch on Tortola established the first permanent European settlement, in 1602, but by 1666 they had been replaced by English planters.

Due to its arid climate and hilly terrain, the BVI were one of the more unprofitable of Great Britain's plantation islands during the colonial period.

Of the present-day BVI population of twenty thousand, half are non-British Virgin Islanders drawn to work in its burgeoning tourist and financial services economies.

Throughout this period of rapid growth, the BVI maintained a high degree of political and social stability and its present-day per capita income of ,903 (U.

However, the symbol that is most significant to BVI's national identity is land.

British Virgin Islanders point proudly to the fact that the majority of BVI land remains in British Virgin Islanders' hands, and British Virgin Islanders attribute their independent character and strong economy to this fact.

This is symbolized by the coat of arms that appears on the BVI flag and on many official publications that depict Saint Ursula framed by eleven oil lamps, which represent the eleven thousand virgins after whom the BVI were named.One finds numerous examples of traditional wooden hip-roofed houses throughout the countryside, and even contemporary buildings, that are constructed of concrete and cinder block incorporate into their design wide verandas, high ceilings, hip roofs, and bright colors.Building codes establish strict guidelines for new home construction, and government legislation limits the size and height of hotels.While Road Town is the capital and urban center of the BVI, the traditional architecture along its main street, the lack of any traffic signals, the presence of open tracts of land, and open vistas to the sea provide a distinctly rural air.Most British Virgin Islanders live outside of "town" and tend to identify most closely with the community or region in which they live.