14 Per Cent of National Budget for Universal Education in Haiti

Education has remained a key obstacle for Haiti's economic and social development. A survey indicates that approximately 35% of the Haitian youth are unable to read and on average Haitian children spends less than four years in school. The present Martelly government is committed to offer free and universal education on a priority and has rolled out a plan get 1.5 million students in school with improved curriculum and trained teachers by 2016.


On February 7th, 2014, the Haitian President Michel Martelly told a special session of the OAS (Organization of American States) Permanent Council that his government has sanctioned 14% of the national budget to promote universal education. Universal education gives access and equal opportunity to all people to education regardless of their background, class, ethnicity or physical disabilities. According to the Haitian President, the government held view that education is the linchpin for every development process whether it is on protecting environment, judicial system or for economic development. His government is in the process of identifying prospective areas for promoting foreign investments.

The two governments from Haiti and Dominican Republic have embarked upon a discussion to resolve the issue that arose in a Dominican constitutional court ruling on September 23, 2013. The controversial ruling retroactively stripped away basic constitutional rights and denationalized an estimated 250,000 immigrants born after 1929 on Dominican Republic soil of whom majority are Haitians. This inhuman court decision had been met with sharp objections from Caribbean leaders to the United Nations and called on the Dominican government to take urgent measures to guarantee the rights of those people affected. President Martelly thanked the OAS and other countries for their support relating to this issue and added, after a series of negotiation, the Dominican authority has adopted a series of commitments to find a successful solution. President Martelly is hopeful on a successful conclusion.

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