Fundamental School Enrollment Reaches 90% in Haiti

President Martelly and National Education and Vocational Training Minister Manigat joined with the teachers' union at the National School of Petion-Ville to support "A quality education for a better world" initiative on the occasion of "Unite for Education" campaign global initiative.


Martelly, speaking in front of Petion-Ville's Mayor Brutus, the Petion-Ville principle, and student body, repeated his government's vow to keep improving Haiti's education system. He considers it of paramount importance to his presidential legacy. He moreover encouraged all investment partners to cooperate so every child has access to a quality education. Addressing students, he recommended they study so they might pass their finals with high marks and ensure their acceptance to universities.

Martelly gave a progress report on the state of free education. He said the education budget has ". . . increased from 10% to 17% of the national budget today, which represents 7% of GDP, which was only 2% in 2000." He added 1,750,0000-plus students during the first two cycles had access to free education, and cited statistics: according to the Millennium Development Goals that sets a standard of 100% enrollment, the enrollment rate was 90%.

Speaking on behalf of the teaching profession, the General Secretary of the National Confederation of Haitian Educators, Lourdes Joseph, thanked the government for its work in providing free education. At the same time, she called upon them to get more teachers certified, for it has been recognized that having qualified teachers lies at the core of a quality education.

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