Howard University School of Business welcomes Michel Martelly

On 5th February, 2014, every visitors, faculties and students were waiting eagerly to listen a forum from a distinguished guest who amidst a turbulent situation, is successfully leading a country steadily towards recovery. When Michel Martelly, the President of the Republic of Haiti visited the main campus of Howard University School of Business, all the blue-seated rows for the students were filled and the auditorium doors were closed ten minutes before the program was due to start. The Interim President of the institution Wayne Frederick in tune with this sentiment announced "this is a significant moment for us to have President Michel Martelly among us at our university." The Haitian President was welcomed to the stage by a standing ovation before he began his speech slowly.


President Martelly has always prioritized education over many other issues necessary for development. He has also admitted that during his election campaign education formed a key part of his promised agenda. He has always believed that education has great influence to shape the future of a nation. He proudly announced that through different national programs in Haiti, over 1.3 million primary school-aged kids have been enrolled in schools. More than 329,000 classrooms have been constructed of whom many have computer facilities with internet access. Over 125 schools have been restored. There are many schools in the country that provide transportation cost and meals to its students. Some of the rehabilitated colleges have introduced teacher training programs.

Haiti and Howard University have already started to work on an established relationship.

The President had expressed his interest in working with Howard University School of Business on exchange programs, internships, and fellowships. The Haitian President was accompanied by his wife Sophia Martelly. They both welcomed citizens to visit Haiti.

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