The islands are heavily dependent upon migrant labour. Unusually, the territory has one of the highest drowning mortality rates in the world being higher than other high risk countries such as China and India. Despite this, the territory's most popular beach still has no lifeguard presence. The British Virgin Islands operates several government schools as well as private schools.
There is also a community college, H. Lavity Stoutt Community College , that is located on the eastern end of Tortola. There is a University of the West Indies Open campus in the territory. The primary language is British English , although there is a local dialect. Spanish is spoken by Puerto Rican , Dominican and other Spanish-speaking immigrants. The traditional music of the British Virgin Islands is called fungi after the local cornmeal dish with the same name, often made with okra.
The special sound of fungi is due to a unique local fusion between African and European music. It functions as a medium of local history and folklore and is therefore a cherished cultural form of expression that is part of the curriculum in BVI schools. The fungi bands, also called "scratch bands", use instruments ranging from calabash , washboard, bongos and ukulele , to more traditional western instruments like keyboard, banjo, guitar, bass, triangle and saxophone. Apart from being a form of festive dance music, fungi often contains humorous social commentaries, as well as BVI oral history.
Because of its location and climate the British Virgin Islands has long been a haven for sailing enthusiasts. Sailing is regarded as one of the foremost sports in all of the BVI. Calm waters and steady breezes provide some of the best sailing conditions in the Caribbean. Many sailing events are held in the waters of this country, the largest of which is a week-long series of races called the Spring Regatta, the premier sailing event of the Caribbean, with several races hosted each day. Boats include everything from full-size mono-hull yachts to dinghies.
Captains and their crews come from all around the world to attend these races. The Spring Regatta is part race, part party, part festival. There are races, games, and music during the day, and some partying at night.
The Spring Regatta is normally held during the first week of April. Since , the BVI have made a name for themselves as a host of international basketball events. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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