One of the agreements signed during the visit in Haiti of French President Francois Hollande is the construction of a high school in Coteaux
Hollande says France is pledging to invest $145 million from 2015-2020 in infrastructure improvements. Of that amount, $56 million will be used to develop the education system. Protestors feel otherwise. They demand much more money in reparations be spent on education, healthcare facilities, and the road system.
Some citizens though believe Hollande may provide more job opportunities than currently exists. And it is interesting to note France forgave the remaining $77 million owed by Haiti following the 2010 quake.
Martelly and Hollande sign Six Bi-lateral Agreements
During French President Hollande's state visit, he and President Martelly acted as co-signatories on six bi-lateral agreements between both countries:
Updating National Institute of Professional Training to form division of water trades.
Building a high school in Coteaux, funded by Association of French Regions.
Allowing Haitian farmers to export organic bananas.
Creating a financial recovery plan for Electricity of Haiti.
An agreement between Civil Aviation General Directorate, Air Navigation Directorate, and Civil Aviation National Office.
A picture of the National School of Plaisance in Haiti during construction in 2015
The construction of National School of Plaisance is moving toward the final phase. This school in the Nord department is being constructed under funding of the Inter-American Development Bank and the Government of Haiti under a school support program for a reconstruction of the education sector (ARSE 19). The program in the tune of the government's operational Plan for Education (2011-2015) emphasizes on the fact that every child in the country should have access to education and it is necessary as well for the benefit of the country to develop a pool of skilled labor over in the next decade. This school is one of the 19 Projects ARSE (Support Program to the Restructuring of the Education Sector in Haiti), that had been stalled for over a year period due to non-compliance of structural works with the standard.
The Dominican Republic and Haiti must work together in order to survive in the island. Although the have been ongoing conflicts between the two they must find a way to work it out. In this context, INFOTEP and National Institute of Professional Training of Haiti (INFP) have decided to take the lead
The Director of the National Training Institute technical and professional Dominican (INFOTEP) have announced a collaboration between INFOTEP and the National Institute of Professional Training of Haiti (INFP) for the implementation of mobile classrooms for technical courses
As per a joint declaration by the Marina Gourgue, Secretary of State for Vocational Training of Haiti and Rafael Ovalles, the Director of the National Institute of Technical and Vocational Training (INFOTEP) of the Dominican Republic will help Haiti to extend the reach of mobile repairing technical training in Haiti. A collaboration agreement between the INFOTEP and the National Institute of Professional Training of Haiti (INFP) will be signed before the classrooms for technical course begins. Presently, there are 189 centers on mobile technical education-- 150 private, 17 public and 22 subsidized. Since they started functioning from 1999 about 25,000 people from impoverished background have received successful technical training.
Evaluations to replace exams of 6th fundamental year and of bac Part 1 to be organized directly in public and private schools in Haiti
Alarming Results on National Examinations
The Haitian education system is performing poorly on national examinations. Of 417 schools, 10% or fewer students were promoted. Of 800 schools, less than 20% were advanced to the next fundamental.
Reforms to the education system include the requirement to hold a teaching license and its renewal, subject to continued professional development. At all education levels schools must hold an identity card of establishment, and cannot operate without one. Lastly new private schools may not open without prior approval of the Ministry of National Education.
Here is a picture of University of Notre Dame D'Haiti (UNDH) in Haiti
New Master of Business Administration Program at University Notre Dame d'Haiti
University of Notre Dame d'Haiti is starting an MBA program, the first one in Haiti. It will be offered on Port-au-Prince and Gonaives campuses. Dr. Paul Latortue of UNDH says the program in Haiti will be cheaper ($10,000), than in the Dominican Republic ($30,000) and Florida ($60,000).
UNDH will need $400,000 for new buildings and another $200,000 to pay a teaching staff. Sogebank, Capital Bank, and Unibank are willing to fund the project.
School students in Haiti in uniform.
School Uniform Change Requirement Creates Conflict
Haiti's Council of Ministers made a decision to sign a presidential order requiring elementary and middle-school students to wear the same uniform during the 2015-2016 year.
Importers and traders say they did not get enough notice to supply everyone with the same uniform. They are asking ". . . to open as soon as possible a dialogue . . . to postpone . . . this decision to . . . 2015-2017.
Haitian children attending school in Dominican Republic
Since 2010, the number of foreign students in Dominican pre-universities and universities whether it is private, semi-public or public, has been increased significantly and the majority of them are Haitians. At the pre-university level, out of the total 67,000 students, 44,000 (65.7%) students are Haitian and more than 12,000 Haitian students are presently studying in Dominican Universities. The statistics as per 2013 Planning Department of the Ministry of Education Dominican, on the number of Haitian students studying at Pre-university schools reveal that: in public school 37,567, private schools 6,148, and semi-official 595. The percentage of foreign students from 25 countries in the DR is 34.3% and its leading contributors are: United States (12,519), Spain (1,753), Puerto Rico (1,468) and that is followed by other countries like Venezuela, Italy, Cuba, Panama, Germany, China, Peru, Denmark, Russia, Brazil and 560 students come from other countries for a grand total of 67.423 foreign students (pre-university sector).
Here is a picture of National School Bossan and Place Sainte Rose in Léogâne
On March 5, 2015, the Haitian President visited Léogâne to inaugurate the Marie Claire Heureuse Municipal Library, the National School Bossan and Place Sainte Rose. The library (260 Square Meter) has been built in strict compliance of the practiced norms and among others it is equipped with an auditorium with a capacity to accommodate 162 people and has a computer room with internet access. During the inauguration ceremony in the presence of the German Ambassador, Klaus Peter Shick and other important Haitian ministers, the President has said that "a library opens the way to knowledge and understanding of all the citizens. Thereafter, he proceeded to Bossan and inaugurated a completely renovated National School, as part of the German assistance program. Finally, President Martelly inaugurated "the Place St. Rose of Léogâne" which includes a children's play area, a basketball court and a sports club. In the end, the President praised the dedication and contribution of the Economic and Social Assistance Fund (FAES), the World Bank and the German government-- for their support for the realization of these infrastructure projects and of development in Haiti.
Here is another picture of excellence in Haiti. Guy Etienne who is a teacher at the College Catts Pressoir of Port-au-Prince, has been selected one of 10 finalists for the award for the best teacher in the world in 2015
Varkey Gems Foundation, a global education foundation, is set to award a $1 million prize to the best teacher in the world. Haitian teacher Guy Etienne is one of 10 finalists in the 2015 competition.
Etienne will be judged by a 67-member jury on three major criteria: how he inspires the minds of his students; how he makes contributions within his community, and how he motivates students to pursue teaching as a profession.
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