The education system in Haiti faces shortages in educational supplies and qualified teachers, and the rural population remains underrepresented in the country%u2019s classrooms.There are many challenges. Currently, most Haitian schools are private rather than state-funded

Haiti to use Dominican literacy plan as a model for Haiti

A Haitian delegation, headed by Secretary of State of Literacy Brutus Paula Julien, went to the Dominican Republic in order to have a better understanding of "Quisqueya Aprende Contigo", a literacy program that has shown some success there. They want to use it a a model for literacy in Haiti. The Haitian delegation was introduced to the three main programs currently in application in the neighboring country, including: "Quisqueya Sin Miseria" with 3 social programs that composes it "Quisqueya Aprende Contigo", "Quisqueya Empieza Contigo" and "Todos Somos Quisqueya".

Haiti is looking at implementing this new plan for illiterate people aged 16 to 50 years for a period covering 2016 to 2021

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Fritz Deshommes elected new rector of UEH

Fritz Deshommes has been elected to as the new Rector of the State University of Haiti. The election took place on Tuesday, May 17, 2016. The new governing body includes Fritz Deshommes, Hérold Toussaint and Jacques Blaise. In his first public statement, the new rector expressed his desire to focus on the institutionalization of the university. He entends to put in application the plan developed in 2011 which is to improve the working condition of teachers and employees of the establishment.

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The 22th edition of Livres en Folie in Haiti

Wednesday May 11, 2016 was the Launch of the 22th edition of Livres en Folie. The actual event will take place on May 26 and 27 at the Historical Park of Sugar Cane. This year Livres en Folie will pay tribute to Marie Vieux Chauvet who is a novelist and playwright.

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School child commits suicide instead of facing father's punishment

A young man in Haiti has decided to commit suicide because he did not receive satisfactory grade for the semester. This took place in Delmas 19 and if you grew up in Haiti, you might be very familiar with the practice. A father threatened to get back at a child for not performing to his satisfaction at school.

According to the report, the young man was in the 9th grade at "Ecole St Martin. After reviewing his school report, the father told him to go home and wait for him with the intent to inflict some punishment. Once the the young man got home, he decided to commit suicide.

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Nesmy Manigat Appointed President of Global Partnership for Education

As per the news report dated February 19, 2016, Nesmy Manigat, the Minister of National Education has been appointed as the President of the Governance, Ethics, Risk and Finance Committee of the Global Partnership for Education (GPE). Within the ambit of GPE, the Governance, Ethics, Risk and Finance (GERF) Committee serves the following purposes. (a) GERF has the power to make decisions on the maintenance of ethics and avoid conflicts of interests. (b) It oversees the risk management framework and implements measures to prevent fraud, corruption and other misuse of GPE resources, including recommending actions and remedial measures. (c) Management of GPR resources for optimal use.

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School of Agriculture of Dondon (Ecole Moyenne d'Agriculture de Dondon - EMAD)

As per news dated April 18, 2016, Peter F. Mulrean, the U.S Ambassador to Haiti, visited the Agricultural School of Dondon to inaugurate the same which was closed for more than last 35 years. This school located in agro-ecological zones of Dondon (North Department), has been reopened with technical and financial support from the US government, through the US Agency for International Development (USAID) and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

During the inauguration, Pierre Guito Laurore, the Minister of Agriculture and Emile Joseph, the Mayor of Dondon, were present among other important personalities to witness the ceremony. The campus of the School of Agriculture of Dondon (in French École Moyenne d'Agriculture de Dondon - EMAD) has been set up as an agricultural training center based on the methodology "Learning by Doing" , where 18 agro-trainers, as per their contracts, will give lessons on planning, gardening, agricultural production, agricultural mechanization, mapping, natural resource management, soil conservation, composting, group management, agricultural popularization service, rearing chickens and food processing. The trainers will work with the farmers to permanently boost domestic production with the ultimate object to reduce imports. Under the program, 38 young local students with ages between 18 and 35, will receive 2- year training and with their learned techniques and practices, they would contribute towards the development of the northern region of Haiti. There will be an option for third year internship opportunities to the students in local agricultural enterprises to complete their technical training in the field. During the occasion, the U.S Ambassador Peter F. Mulrean expressed the commitment of the American people to stand alongside the Haitian people to help them achieve a substantial improvement in their quality of life. One of the goals of the project is to support community-based development projects, serving local food security needs.

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Construction of new Ministry of Education has began

Tuesday at the Marriott Hotel, in the presence of several dignitaries, President Michel Martelly proceeded to announce the beginning of construction project of the new Ministry of National Education and Vocational Training (MENFP). The new building will have an area of 8,000m2 on 4 levels, with a capacity for more than a thousand people. In addition, it will be equipped with a large conference room, an amphitheater, cafeteria, modern offices and large parking capable of holding over 80 vehicles. The President took the occasion to called on the next Parliament to vote the FNE Act (National Fund for Education) to enable Haiti education system to have the means necessary to function properly.

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About 5,000 public employees in Haiti can't either read or write

Have you ever wondered while we are often confronted with attitudes, passivity or resistance when we go to ask for government services in Haiti? It's simple, the public employees are incompetent in the position held. A good number of them don't have a clue what you are talking about or if they do know what you want, are unable to help.

According to Jean Wilberson Timothee, Secretary of State for literacy in Haiti, close to 5,000 public employees in Haiti can't either read or write.

I wouldn't be surprise if some of these employees are managers

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Winning logo for "Nou Tout Sanble, menm le nou diferan" contest

The big winner for the logo contest "Nou Tout Sanble, menm lè nou diferan" was Neyssa T. Demorcy, a 17 year old studdent at Institution du Sacré-c"ur de Turgeau. She was declared winner as her logo was determined to be better over 5 others in inculpating the values of respect, dialogue, learn to live together and the quest for excellence among the youth. This campaign began in Octobrer, 2015 and the Logo contest of "Nou Tout Sanble, menm lè nou diferan" is part of of an initiative with the objective to adopt a visual identity for the campaign. There will be other campaigns in the coming days such as music, litterature, DJ that will be part of the activities for the 2015-2016 school year.

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Kettly Mars Received Prix Ivoire of African Literature 2015

On Saturday, November 21, 2015, in the presence of distinguished personalities from the literary circle and friends of writer Kettly Mars, during a gala dinner at the Palace of Culture of Treichville, Abidjan (Ivory Coast), the Haitian writer Kettly Mars, has been awarded the 'Prix Ivoire' by the jury for African Francophone Literature for her novel "Je suis vivant (I am alive)" published in April 2015 by Mercure de France Press. The jury was headed by Ivorian writer Werewere-Liking (winner of Prix Noma 2005), well known for his work titled "Amputated Memory". "Prix Ivoire" is an important literary prize, awarded every year with the support of the Ivorian Minister of Culture and Francophone and the French Embassy in Cote d"ivoire at the initiative of the Ivorian Association for Akwaba Culture.

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