Reports from Contributors

Education in Haiti
Globe and Mail – Friday May 14, 2010

Haiti’s largely privatized education system was in tatters well before the earthquake – 90 per cent of the schools in the Department of the South East, which is anchored by the city of Jacmel, were non-public, including all two hundred high schools and close to 900 of its 1,000 primary schools. Fifty per cent of Haitian children did not attend primary school: school fees varied wildly between institutions, as did teacher pay, qualifications and adherence to the national curriculum. Across the country schools have been progressively reopening. In Port-au-Prince, approximately 700 schools have now reopened; in Leogane, 66 out of 184 primary schools have reopened; in Petit Goave and Grand Goave, 91 out of 281 primary schools have reopened.

Education in Jacmel
Globe and Mail – Friday May 14, 2010

Schools began trying to reopen in mid-March. But Unicef, the organization in charge of directing the flow of education-related aid in Jacmel, says there is no information to shed light on how many schools are truly open again or the number of students going to class. At least five schools have not reopened because they are accommodating 117 displaced families who are camping on their property. Education groups in Jacmel have asked the Venezuelan forces to demolish and clear 27 destroyed schools and 49 that are seriously damaged. The Spanish Red Cross has identified twelve schools for reconstruction. Unicef, Plan International, and Save the Children have been working on the construction of semi-permanent temporary learning spaces. Sources: Ministry of education, Haiti; Unicef; Plan International