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Haiti Child Education
"Haiti's educational system has utterly
failed for as many as half of that nation's children,"
Sheldon Shaeffer, chief of UNICEF's Education Section, said.
"It is a major violation of human rights to consign
children, by denying them education, to lives of poverty and
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assessment conducted in March 2004 showed that the political
conflict in Haiti has had a severe impact on Haiti’s
children, particularly the most vulnerable. During the period
surrounding Aristide’s resignation, students in eight
of 19 major cities received death threats aimed at preventing
them from attending school or participating in public events.
A number of schools and hospitals were the targets of violence
and looting, and many schools were closed for months.
Adding these political and violent variables to an already struggling
education system makes it increasingly difficult for Haiti to provide
a quality education for all of its children. Still, it is a commitment
that the people of Haiti are not ready to relinquish.
Today, primary school enrollment is also dropping
due to economic factors. 60 percent of rural households suffer from
chronic food insecurity, and food must come before education.
With an adult illiteracy rate of 52% (48% of males
are illiterate and 52.2% of females are illiterate), education remains
a key obstacle to economic and social advancement in Haiti.
The UCT Educational initiative is to help bring
some relief to the educational woes of children in Haiti. There
are plans within the Family Child Care Village to have an Educational
Complex featuring Pre-primary , Primary and Secondary School Facilities
which will cater to the Educational needs of the Children as well
as a young adult Vocational Training Centre and Adult Literacy and
English evening classes.
Such schools will be built around large playing
fields and recreational facilities.
Schools: Kindergarten, Primary School, Secondary Schools.
(a) Children in the schools will range from age
2-5 Kindergarten, 5- 10+ Primary, age 11 –16 Secondary School.
(b) UCT will follow the same curriculums and syllabuses
as outlined by the Ministry of Haiti. Research is in progress to
identify other curriculums that could raise the standard of education
in Haiti such as the Abeka Book Program.
(c) The schools will consist of the children from
the Care Center and other children from the surrounding areas including
the Care Centre at Bois Coupe.
(d) The School will function under the same time
system as that outlined by the Ministry of Education for all schools
in Haiti. Additional training will be given to teachers embarking
on this project.