A few hurricanes, followed a tragic 7.0 earthquake, and now with a cholera epidemic in addition to decades of inadequate leadership has left Haiti’s educational system yearning for a rebirth.
Prior to the Jan. 12 earthquake, which destroyed or damaged more than 4,000 schools, around half the children of primary education age were not enrolled in school.
The earthquake was the strongest to hit Haiti in more than 200 years, and its impact on the education sector was unprecedented. In the earthquake’s aftermath, Haiti’s Education Minister Joel Jean-Pierre declared “the total collapse of the Haitian education system” in which half of Haiti’s primary and secondary schools were damaged or destroyed. Not only were physical resources decimated but human resources as well, and in the West province alone, the Ministry of Education reported that more than 38,000 students and 1,300 educators perished. http://haiticoramdeo.blogspot.com/2010/05/article-schools-in-haiti.html
According to the Haiti Ministry of Education, 75 percent of students have returned to school. However, educators have reported that the government has forced them to take students and they made no promises on helping with funding to relocate or rebuild. One educator even felt threatened saying, “If we do not take the students they will shoot us down.”
Currently emergency schools are being constructed. According to the PHARE website, between March 2010 and June 2011, AIR and PHARE, working with the MENFP to respond to the earthquake, will have created emergency education opportunities for 60,000 students in 650 emergency classrooms at 140 schools operating at over 50 sites. AIR and PHARE will also have strengthened the quality of teaching and learning at these schools, supporting teachers through training to return to the classroom, providing furnishings for schools, and focusing on water and sanitation at each of these sites.
The Mission of PHEEL Is To Serve and To Lead Through Civic Engagement To Build Haiti's First Sustainable Tuition Free World Class Institution Base On The STEM Discipline From PreK To University To Prepare Haiti's Next Leaders & Peacemakers.
Professionals for Higher Education Entrepreneurship & Leadership Haiti, INC (PHEEL) is a 501(c)3 organization co-founded by Haitian natives, Ulysse Toussaint and Junie J. Holod. PHEEL Haiti has two main areas of focus: The Pikliz Project and L'Ouverture University.
The Pikliz Project aims to rebuild schools for children pre-K through high school and to make quality education available to students regardless of their ability to pay. L’Ouverture University is an institution PHEEL plans to design, construct, and open by 2030; it will be a world-class institution attracting national and international faculty and students. L'Overture University will focus on the cultivation of women as leaders and peace keepers. More information about both of these projects is available at www.pheelhaiti.org.
Professionals for Higher Education Entrepreneurship & Leadership Haiti, INC (PHEEL) is a 501(c)3 organization co-founded by Haitian natives, Ulysse Toussaint and Junie J. Holod. PHEEL Haiti has two main areas of focus: The Pikliz Project and L'Ouverture U
PHEEL’s mission is to develop a future generation of productive global citizens through higher education, partnership, job creation, empowering women, service learning, and civic engagement to build Haiti’s first sustainable, tuition-free world class