Education in Haiti

October 06, 2017 at 6:00 AM

Haiti-school.jpgThe quality and consistency of education in Haiti is an area that concerns ministry director Dr. Erol Rene.  (File photo)

(Editor's note: Dr. Erol Pierre Rene is the director of the Luke Society ministry in Cayes-Jacmel, Haiti. He has been in that role since 2010.)

Education in Haiti

By Dr. Erol Rene

In its two centuries of independence, Haiti has faced all kinds of difficulties.

No sector of national life is safe, including the education sector. The schooling rate in the country is currently around 80 percent.

In the last years, there has been a great effort, but there is still a great deal of insufficiency at the level of preschool education, particularly in rural areas.

Only 20 percent of the educational offerings come from the public sector and 80 percent are distributed among religious institutions — Catholic and evangelical, NGOs, and private individuals.

The greatest challenge of education in Haiti is at the level of quality. There is no national program so every school or institution follows its own program. Because of this situation there is one education for those who have money and another for the poor of cities and peasants.

According to statistics, 65 percent of teachers are not qualified.

Most schools do not have the necessary infrastructures such as electricity, water, bathrooms, laboratories, computer rooms, libraries, playgrounds and forget teaching materials.

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