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Haiti known in the world as a poor country of matter and the economy, an identity which is seen as a double exceptionality: it is an anti-slavery revolution since the past 48 years, the repercussions were considerable for the independences still calls today reflections in the field of political philosophy; a country which seems to have rested for two centuries of its independence and which sinks every day into poverty.

Almost no nightlife in Haiti, since the overthrow of former dictator Jean Claude Duvalier aka Baby Doc, so with him and his father François Duvalier, fear did not exist. Politicians who claimed to bring democracy as a revolution against the TONTON MAKOUT regime only reduced the country to ashes, no primary schools, no vocational schools, no universities, no hospitals, no agricultural plantations, no jobs for young people, all the goods of the national market are imported products, and the people remain in the same misery.

As if the country had a particular difficulty in getting its head out of the water. As if it could not survive without the help of international aid. Many areas remain fallow. This is the case of education.

Getting out of an education in Haiti is only the most terrible tragedy imaginable or discoverable in the 21st century, the lack of education in a country is like a chronic disease that needs a cure. What did they do after the three democratic decades? In the big city of Port-au-Prince there are only two bookstores for more than three million inhabitants, no electricity, we use the TET GRIDAT gas lamp or the white candle. The illiteracy rate in Haiti remains around 50%. No doubt: the level of formal education in Haiti is so low that it is difficult to get the country on the road to development.


Our purpose is not at all to draw attention to the causes of underdevelopment, on which many national and international researchers are constantly working. We would only like, without denying anything of the complexity of the Haitian case, to support that a path exists for the development of Haiti: it passes by the establishment of an identical basic formal education for all the Haitians, during the years schools using the two national languages ​​Creole and French recognized by the 1987 Constitution, a constitution denied and abandoned at the level of the Haitian parliament, which today has put the country in this critical state of chaos.

We have heard that this would be an uncertain truism. The two centuries of Haiti's independence show a real inequality between urban and rural schools. During the American occupation of Haiti between 1915 and 1934, the government favored technical and vocational schools leaving the great mass of the population in illiteracy.

It is well explained that many students came from poor families who could not afford school fees, but they were accepted, all of whom needed school help. Their school receives funding through UFADI's tuition support program and offers them a daily meal.

In 1957 the President of the Republic of Haiti, François Duvalier (Papi Doc) did his best to organize the departure of teachers, doctors and technicians abroad, he brought teachers from abroad to assure the public instruction there, so he did better sit down his dictatorship.

Our vision is to start the project of the same school for all Haitians with the possibility to use as always the two languages - Creole and French, understood, not for a minority only in urban cities, but for the whole country.


Policies have continued to stall, preventing the deployment of schooling for all in Haiti, a daily suffering on a daily basis. Various researches and experiments have been made. A national plan for education and vocational training was proposed in 1998 on the basis of mobilization of all sectors directly concerned with education. But it was put back in the drawers a few months later, so that every new Minister of National Education is still drowning in an avalanche of claims without knowing where to start.

 The failure of education in Haiti is a reality and it is adequate for development failure. Only 10% of schools are public for a population of 8 million to 12.7 million, the situation is disgusting and sad for an independent state for more than two centuries. The proliferation, in anarchy, of private schools and universities in the capital and provincial towns demonstrates that demand exists. But the state does not follow because the education sector is plagued by corruption: the school is a reliable source of business, diplomas are sold, mediocrity is honored, the recovery of the school and university system under state control remains a challenge, and the least capable still remain in disarray.

With new funding of $ 10.1 million USD, we are looking to continue paying tuition for more than 7600 children from different schools to be attending this year, and we will have wanted to continue supporting the Kindergarten to basic school`s food program.

Address 48 Mon Repos 50, Carrefour.  Port-au-Prince/ Haïti, 

Phone  : (509) 36638357/ 509 34 68 12 86 

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Jean Marc-nel Etienne