The education sector in Haiti lacks the quality and access necessary for sustained social and economic development. Despite improvements in enrollment and the commitment of the Haitian government to strengthen public education, challenges in funding, teacher training and access remain prevalent. These issues put a generation of Haitian youth at risk of not receiving the knowledge and basic skills necessary to succeed in the labor force. To address education issues facing the country, the Government of Haiti has made free and universal education a priority. During the fall of 2011, the Government of Haiti’s Ministry of National Education and Vocational Training (MENFP) began the rollout of an operational plan to enroll 1.5 million students in school by 2016, and to improve curricula, train teachers, and set standards for schools.
USAID Strategy and Activities
USAID supports the Government of Haiti’s education efforts and is committed to improving the quality of, and access to, education for Haitians. USAID activities include:
Improving early grade reading and teaching: USAID directly supports 550 schools and promotes the use of a nationwide innovative instructional model in partnership with other donors, NGOs, and the private sector. The goal is to holistically improve early grade reading and writing in Haitian Creole and French for Haitian children in the first four grades. USAID activities also train teachers and school staff in modern instruction techniques and involve communities through outreach and partnership programs.
Promoting inclusive education for students with visual impairments: Collaborating with a local NGO, USAID is increasing access to quality education for children who are blind and visually impaired in Port-au-Prince and Cap Haïtien. This project will integrate 250 students with visual impairments into mainstream classrooms as well as provide needed resources, such as computer rooms with equipment for the visually impaired, and print 150 books in braille and audio.
Related Program Fact Sheets:
- Haiti Education Fact Sheet [PDF, 234K]
- U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, USAID’s Mark Feierstein and Christie Vilsack Visit Haiti and Announce Multi-Million Dollar Funding For Room to Learn
- Haiti Holds First National Reading Championship
- Graduates Share Computer Knowledge in Haiti
- Education Opportunities Open Doors in Haiti
- Better Prospects for Out-of-School Youth
Last updated: August 08, 2016