Access to quality education remains a key obstacle to Haiti’s social and economic development. Surveys indicate that approximately 35 percent of Haitian youth are unable to read and that the average Haitian child spends less than four years in school. These statistics show that a generation of Haitian youth is at risk for not having the necessary knowledge and basic skills to succeed in the labor force. Most schools in Haiti have minimal government support, lack qualified instructors, and are relatively expensive. More than 80 percent of primary schools are privately managed by nongovernmental organizations, churches, communities, and for-profit operators, with minimal government oversight. Approximately 75 percent of teachers in Haiti lack adequate credentials. For low-income families, annual school expenses account for about 40 percent of parents’ income and can represent a significant financial burden. In addition, the January 2010 earthquake damaged or destroyed 80 percent of primary and secondary schools in earthquake-affected areas, according to the Government of Haiti. Despite efforts by USAID and other donors to help rebuild some of those schools, more remains to be done in this area.
- Facilitated a multi-donor supported reading unit at MENFP to promote national-level implementation of improved reading curricula.
- Trained 885 teachers and educators and 335 administrators and officials since January 2013 on how to successfully implement the new reading curricula for Haitian Creole and French.
- Distributed more than 46,000 textbooks, teacher guides, workbooks, and posters to pupils in first and second grade at 200 primary schools in the U.S. Government development corridors of Saint Marc and Cap Haitien and introduced the program at 100 schools in Port-au-Prince.
- Provided teaching and learning kits to reach approximately 60,000 students and 1,200 teachers.
- Trained a total of 138 directors and supported the participation of 1,071 teachers in refresher social sciences training.
- Provided training to support 123 parent teachers associations that are now actively involved in school activities.
- Improved equitable access to quality basic education through USAID’s Multi-Year Assistance Program (MYAP). In 2013, over 39,000 primary students attended classes and received a hot meal each day of school.
- Developed reproductive health modules for students in fifth to ninth grades in 2012. Over 74,000 copies of these were distributed to schools, and more than 990 were distributed during small group activities.
- Increased access to education for persons with physical disabilities in 19 primary schools and provided inclusive education training to 150 teachers and school principals.
- Constructed more than 600 semi-permanent furnished classrooms that enabled more than 60,000 children to return to school following the earthquake.
- In partnership with the local YMCA, supported MENFP’s national summer reading championship to provide summer reading enrichment activities to students entering third and fourth grade in all ToTAL schools with a community participation component.
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- PHOTOS: Secretary Duncan Visits USAID-supported School in Haiti
- Haiti Holds First National Reading Championship
- Graduates Share Computer Knowledge in Haiti
- USAID supports Ministry of Education in Haiti
- USAID Provides New Schools to Earthquake Affected Communities in Haiti
- USAID Helps Haiti’s Schoolchildren Return to their Classrooms after the Earthquake
- Education Opportunities Open Doors in Haiti
- Better Prospects for Out-of-School Youth
Last updated: February 10, 2014