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Overview

January 12th 2017 was the seventh anniversary of the devastating earthquake which hit Haiti.
One of the worst natural disasters of modern times,the quake killed an estimated 230,000 people and left 1.2 million
homeless. The disaster prompted a huge influx of international assistance, with governments and aid groups arriving to offer both immediate help and long-term development.

Officials repeatedly said they would be “building back better,” and in many ways they have made progress  toward that goal. The two lane highway running nearly 100 miles from Port-au-Prince to Gonaives is a smooth 
river of asphalt, not  the bone-jarring, off road experience it was before the quake. This is the road we travel
 when we visit Haiti as the COH programme is  based in Gonaives. In 2010 this journey took five and a half hours,
today it takes two and a half hours.

Poverty in Haiti

Economic growth is what Haiti needs most, said Thomas C. Adams, the State Department’s
special coordinator for Haiti. The economy has had modest growth since 2011 and if the country can keep
that pace for 25 years or so, it could become a middle-income country like neighboring Dominican
Republic, Adams said “Whether they can continue depends on whether they can maintain stability and
attract foreign investment, because foreign aid by itself is not enough to fix everything in Haiti,” he said. Some Haitians dared to dream that the aid flowing in after the disaster would make their lives dramatically better. The reality is it was unrealistic to expect so much change for troubled Haiti.

The recovery has been uneven at best plagued by poor planning and accusations of bribery.
The political situation in Haiti has shown some signs of progress in the last year hopefully Haiti has a bright future.
We at Child of Haiti believe that educating the children of Haiti is fundamental to Haiti having a brighter future.

Education in Haiti

The Haitian Educational System yields the lowest total rate in the education realm of the Western Hemisphere. Haiti’s literacy rate of about 61% (64.3% for males and 57.3% for females) is below the 90% average literacy rate for Latin American and Caribbean countries. The country faces shortages in educational supplies and qualified teachers. The rural population is less educated than the urban. The 2010 Haiti earthquake exacerbated the already constrained parameters on Haiti’s educational system by destroying infrastructure and displacing 50-90% of the students, depending on locale.

The Ministry of National Education and Vocational Training conducted a survey in September 2014 throughout the 10 departmental offices of the country. The purpose of the survey was to issue a provisional teaching license to each teacher and a premises identification card to all public and private schools in the country.

This is part of the vision outlined in the government’s 12 measures announced by the Ministry to improve the quality of education in Haiti.
The provisional teaching licence will allow the teacher to have access to a training programme for a period of two years funded by the Ministry.
This training will enable the teachers to increase their knowledge and transition from a provisional license to a teacher’s license after the training.

Today there are more than 50,000 teachers in the country that are not properly qualified. The identification card will give the schools 2 years to
come into compliance with all the conditions required by the department to operate normally. The goal of the department is to ensure that all children
in the country have access to quality education in a state- recognized school with qualified and competent teachers.

Child of Haiti will work with and support all the schools and the teachers in our programme to help to achieve this.

Statistics

Poverty:

  • Haiti ranks 168 out of 187 on the 2014 Human Development Index (UNDP 2015)
  • Gross National Income per capita (at Purchase Power Parity) is $1730. The average for Caribbean/Latin American developing countries is $14,098. (World Bank 2014)
  • 59% of the population lives on less than US$2 per day (World Bank 2012)
  • 24.7% lives in extreme poverty on less than US$1.25 per day. (UNDP 2013)
  • Poverty is mainly rural, at 75.2%, vs. 40.8% in urban areas. (MDG rpt 2013)
  • Over two-thirds of the labor force do not have formal jobs. (CIA Factbook 2014)

Education:

  • 50 percent of children do not attend school. (World Bank 2013)
  • Approximately 30% of children attending primary school will not make it to third grade; 60% will abandon school before sixth grade. (UNICEF 2008)
  • Only 29 percent of Haitians 25 and above attended secondary school. (USAID 2015)
  • Almost 80 percent of teachers have not received any pre-service training. (USAID 2015)
  • Half of public sector teachers in Haiti lack basic qualifications. (USAID 2015)
  • 90% of primary schools are non-public and managed by communities, religious organizations or NGOs. (USAID 2007)
  • Haiti’s literacy rate is 61% – 64% for males and 57% for females. (CIA Factbook Nov 2015) The average literacy rate for Latin American and Caribbean developing countries is 92%. (World Bank 2015)

Child of Haiti is a registered charity (Ref. 19840)
established in 2011 to help and support the poor
and disadvantaged Children of Haiti.

Our Mission: To provide better standards of education for the almost 4 million school eligible Children of Haiti.

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