Saba has more than 2000 inhabitants. Saba University School of Medicine was founded in 1992 as an international alternative to U.S. and Canadian medical schools. Since its founding, more than 2500 students have earned their medical degree at Saba. Simultaneous to the expansion of the Saba University of School of Medicine the supermarkets became better stocked and housing rates increased by as much as 25%. Cost of living on Saba is 14% more expensive than on Bonaire.
On Saba the basic public facilities are offered. A small hospital is located in the Bottom , as well as the police station, a nursing home, sports field, community center, daycare center and the administration building. In 2010 a Center for Youth and Family was opened. Families can go there for help with family matters.
The other villages each have their churches (Wesleyan Holiness, Seventh Day Adventist, Anglican and Jehovah’s Witness) and community centers. The population of Saba is mainly Roman-Catholic; all villages have their own R-C church with burial grounds. Exceptional in the Dutch Kingdom, on Saba one can be buried in the garden of their homes.
In 2010, an office was open for the civil servants who represent specific departments and implement services on behalf of the Dutch government: the Rijksdienst Caribisch Nederland (RCN).
Over 40 foundations are managed by volunteers as well as professionals, mostly executing a private initiative subsidized by fund raisers, private donations, Samenwerkende Fondsen or DCNA.
Dutch is the official language on Saba. However, it isn’t spoken in the homes or on the street and therefore qualifies as a foreign language rather than a second language. As of 1993 the language of instruction in all school is English. Dutch is scheduled in the curriculum as a mandatory subject as of group 1 primary education.
The Laura Linzey Daycare Center currently has 39 children enrolled. The center has 9 assistant caregivers and a director who is a qualified caregiver and certified HighScope trainer. Since 2007 the HighScope curriculum has been implemented.
The schools for primary and secondary education are located in St. John’s. The SHS had 178 students and the SCS has 147 for the past school year. The EC2 is located by the gym in a functional and open office. It has work space for 4 people, a meeting room big enough for board meetings and a small room that is in use for testing and counseling purposes.
The SKJ program is combined in the organization for adult education and social workplace. A variety of modules is being offered in the fields of hospilatiry, care, ICT, construction and agriculture.
The teams of SHS and SCS are multicultural with its members coming from ten different countries/islands. As a result of differences in background and culture, pedagogical approaches of the individual teachers vary. This gives more importance to internal school policies and a common didactical vision. Most teachers haven’t taught students with learning and behavior issues before being employed on Saba.