US Education Sec. Arne Duncan in Haiti
Room to Learn Program Investment in Haitian Education System
The Haitian government wants to offer free public education to all children on the island, and has begun an Education Fund for this purpose, but it hasn't been well funded.
The U.S. Agency for International Development has chosen Haiti for its $15 million grant program, Room to Learn, so children will have safe access to schooling in areas that are conflict- and crisis-ridden. It is hoped this program will raise literacy rates, which are at 50%.