REPORT: St. Lucia among countries with the lowest IQ’s, Global Volunteers seeking to change that

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REPORT: St. Lucia among countries with the lowest IQ’s, Global Volunteers seeking to change that

Experts have classified St. Lucia as one of the countries in the world with the poorest IQ (intelligence quotient) measurements, and according to Global Volunteers who are currently embarking on a pilot project geared at raising the nation’s IQ, there is a possibility that this could change.

Through its St. Lucia Project, the non-profit organization is hoping to increase the intelligence levels of children in the community of Anse La Raye, which has an overall poverty rate of 45 percent and the highest rate of indigence on the island with over a quarter of all poor St. Lucian children living there, according to the project’s website.

If successful, the initiative will be used to develop IQ’s in the entire country and other nations of the world.

A core belief of the organization is that by limiting factors which are proven to inhibit developing minds, IQ levels will be increased. These factors include poverty, malnutrition and the diseases which cause damage to the brain.

According to the website, the project will involve children between the ages of 5-9 and will take five years to complete. Over 300 volunteers will be required, with each team serving for two weeks. A follow up study will be convened in 2018.

“If it is possible to raise the IQ of a single community on St. Lucia, it could have dramatic consequences for the rest of the country, not to mention the rest of the developing world,” the website states.

The statistics revealed on the project’s website somewhat correlate with revelations made by Prime Minister Dr. Kenny Anthony during his latest budget address in which he quoted results of a “St. Lucia Labour Market Needs Assessment” undertaken in 2012.

Dr. Anthony had revealed that 60 percent of the labour market had not attained secondary school education “and therefore do not have the requisite skills required for gainful employment”.

“Currently, only three percent of the population is employed as technicians and associate professionals. However, there is a far greater demand for such individuals to partake in the re-organisation and expansion of businesses. Similarly, craft and related work account for only two percent of the employed population while significant demand exists for such workers,” the prime minister had said.

An intelligence quotient, or IQ, is a score derived from one of several standardized tests designed to assess intelligence.

The St. Lucia Project’s website can be accessed at www.thestluciaproject.org.

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  1. this is so true. iq is terribly low, but this is not because of the color of the skin but because of not willing to learn. to many ladies drink and smoke when pregnant.

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  2. Must be because they are Negroes and their brains are pre-evolved and more Simian like than fully human and developed ones like those of Europeans. There really is no other answer than that to explain this fact

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  3. First of all producing 2 nobel laureates doesn't equate to an entire nation being intelligent. Secondly if u do the math, the number if individuals going off to university is rather small compared to the number who have attained universal secondary education. Whether or not the study is reliable, we need to take a look at the stats from just Common entrance and even CXC to realize the issue with education. Report upon report highlight the lack of analytic skills as well as poor expression by the majority. The quality of songs produced and the expressions from everyday people in the media speaks wonders.

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  4. Folks you could say the same thing about the U.S if you visit south central L.A. Trust me they're really bad over there. It's all relative I guess.

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  5. the government shud take the blame. the focus more on fighting down each other instead of focusing on educating the people, thats why so many people study abroad and never come back to work or live, no good jobs here so why waste the knowledge here?? to get under paid?

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  6. Hmm am a st Lucian and am not offended , but am kind of paying attention to the story very interesting st Lucia is so divided you will be up north and never go to dennery or Ans La Ray unless its for fish fry but have we every been there to see how the poor people live

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  7. Woo hoo. Free vacation for some white guys. Well played. IQ is not a measure of literacy but you must be able to read undertake IQ tests. Its a no brainer that including those people in the study would skew the results. I guess whoever did the test lacks the IQ to realise. I went to university in the US and its staggering to see how dumb Americans are. Geez. With a half arsed effort I would easily top classes without having to beg for grades. I would screw up the grade curve so bad that they would look at me screw. And I was no island scholar. Go back and do your research.

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  8. Its always good to critique source materials its a sign that an individual doesn't just swallow anything he/she reads or has heard.. if any report about a society..country sounds damning pls bloggers take it as healthy criticsm.. such reports opens up discussions & intropections of our st.lucian progress or regress either way.. IQ test i dont think has ever beened undertaken by our educational institutions so we shouldn't be surprised if this report could be accurate .. my lucian ppl

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  9. I am disappointed in this article published...I may not have done the required surveys to say who got low IQ or not but that is some bogus story...anse la raye has nurtured many intellects compared to other communities and to read that almost half of the kids there are compared to be dunce is nerve wrecking...the same community the country looks at as backwards always bearing top crop yet we still live in the ice age once a bookie always a bookie...

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  10. some of you guys just showed why st lucia is one of the countries with the lowest IQ.....some of you guys need to learn to read and understand!!!!!!!..

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  11. I am not saying that we have a problem, I believe we need more technical/vocational schools. There is something wrong with this report because st lucians excel at cxc, universities. The report was done in a poor community why this community is poor is because of the choices they made, they choose to have a whole lot of children and do not try to change their circumstances. I can judge because I choose to change my circumstance I was raised in a ghetto it was not that way when my family acqired the property years ago but we were raised well and we choose not to be part of the drugs lifestyles even though things were hard.

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  12. I am not doubting the notion that we do have many folks who have poor intelligence levels. What's difficult to perceive is this article appearing to highlight a startling high level of poorly educated individuals in Slu. In my opinion the editor appears to be trying to help our nation but it is so not necessary to make this finding if true the main theme. I have travelled throughout the Caribbean and other first world nations and have observed the eloquence of other nationals in the western hemisphere. Based on my past experiences we as St.Lucians appear to have displayed a much better ability to express ourselves when prompted to do so. Of course this is not a measure of our IQ levels, but I would think that we would be able to score higher than many of the other small islands in this hemisphere. As mentioned in the article poverty is definitely a major contributor to this problem of illiteracy but I don't think we are amongst the worst per capita. OPPORTUNITY should be the key word in this discussion and it's very obvious that our migration to first world started way later than most of the other islands. It's just not cool to just brand us in that way and not mention the real factors that may have contributed to any deficiencies we may have in that aspect of our developing nation. So imho I beg to differ unless more details of this research/survey is given as to the five W's.

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    • Yea when the truth hurts all of a sudden everyone recognises the five Ws of journalism. Some people are finding every way to stain the article. And the article is crystal clear as to the object: report on another report. If you live in St. Lucia, you won't have an issue with the report. Sometimes we have to be honest. But I find a lot of folks here cannot take any form of criticism, even if its constructive. No matter what info is placed in the article people will find the article distasteful all the same. A journalism lecturer read our article and found no issue with it. So keep on denying the truth. The article didnt say St. Lucia doesnt have bright people, it didnt say St. Lucia does not have better IQ than other nations...all it says is St. Lucia is ONE OF the POOREST. It didn't say it is the poorest. Now everytime I post an article I have to be breaking it down for people. Is this a sign?

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  13. This is a scam.
    The Project /Experiment was designed Before any IQ test was given.
    This is the way people in the US get free vacations on the US taxpayer dime.
    Just read the FAQ on the project site.
    Are you telling me there is a need to import “earth boxes” to teach children in st lucia to grow vegetables?? – Any Lucian that believes that does have an IQ problem.

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  14. I agree that we write so badly on face book some of the words written ,if i did not know how to break down my phonics i would be in big trouble, but saying that st.Lucia has the lowest IO, i am really surprised, when we have our children doing so well in all our schools.
    I would like to know how that came about or where those figures came from. Lord have mercy on us

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    • This is the same problem the article reports. where in the article did it say St. Lucia has the lowest IQ? It says ONE of. There is a difference between lowest and one of

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  15. what do you expect when number illiterate children is ridiculous especially in our deprived areas, we don't even acknowledge human rights in this country far less education. e.g. look at how the hierarchy of the police force deals with the human rights lawyers, it always seems like they defending the colleagues actions before they even questioned, look at how the blunder exploded in their faces recently. Adults who don't read and continuously improve themselves = children who do the same = equals a nation which will be left behind = country soon to be owned rich foreign nationals. The powers that be are scared to tell St. Lucians that because of our under skill labour force the only suitable means of employment for masses is the STEP program and other entry level jobs. I KNOW WHO CARES...........

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  16. I would really like to see who and where this data was collected from? When was this study completed? How many people were tested? Did they test other communites of St.Lucia. One community does not reflect a whole country. I understand the purpose but I question the validity of the IQ study.

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  17. Good....Food for thoughts, you all sit on a computer and shoot so much crap now you all running for cover. Shut up and face the consequences.

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    • Are you not also sitting "on a computer shooting" up crap.
      You have posted nothing relevant to what is being said, other than throwing tantrums like spoilt idiot.
      Move along and let those who are really concerned about this issue deal with it.

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  18. PS.I am not offended at all.
    Any statistics put out there can be easily debatable.

    Its a good thing that many are now interested in us ( St. Lucians.)

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  19. The idea of IQ, stems from European construct of superiority. This has nothing to do the development of any country.

    Such as when Europeans make the comparison from their IQ's to be higher than Blacks and go as far to make comparison of 'brain' size.

    I don't see the relevance of this foolishness and the need of this to be made news.

    But again, perhaps recycling the same politicians who have no clue how to govern a 238 SQ.Miles could be the reason why.

    Anyway, NEXT....

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  20. Can't be. Not possible. Tell whoever to go do their Math again. St. Lucians excel when they get to University and those higher-level institutions. Load of crap if you ask me.

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  21. St Lucia also has the highest number of Nobel Laureates per capita...

    Statistics are quoted to suit or support a story. The reality though is that as a people we are not where we need to be intellectually. We don't need surveys or tests to confirm this.

    According to a post on Jason Sifflet's flog blog: We never had the educational revolution which Barbados had after their independence. Pointless to cast blame more important to look ahead.

    I'm not in St Lucia, so excuse my ignorance...Is there a secondary school in Anse la Raye or Canaries??

    I think the project being undertaken is very noble and worthwhile and hope that all can get on board to support and not get caught up feeling offended by how statistics are quoted or misquoted.

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  22. "Experts have classified St. Lucia as one of the countries in the world with the poorest IQ (Intelligence quotient) measurements"?
    - Which experts?
    - What is the name of the report that determined that?
    - How did they come to this conclusion?
    - What kind of reporting is this?

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    • I know people would get offended. The truth hurts. However, if you read the report carefully, you will release, our story is based on another story. So we're basically presenting it to you. I bet if it said St. Lucia has the highest IQ in the world, you wouldn't care about certain info. But anyway, thanks for commenting.

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