The transformation of Haiti is based primarily on education, the Government’s pillar and priority in combatting poverty, reducing inequality and promoting social inclusion, according to the Prime Minister, Laurent Lamothe. This intention is reflected in President Martelly’s pledge to ensure that all children between the ages of six and 12 go to school. In less than three years, 1.2 million children have thus ended up in school; while measures have been taken to improve school transport, increase the number of school canteens and provide subsidies to families. The Prime Minister described UNESCO as “a partner of choice” and welcomed the Organization’s contribution to introducing an operational plan for education for 2010 to 2015, calling for this support to be maintained.
The most important challenge the Government now wishes to meet concerns the quality of education, with the project of organizing a national conference on the matter by the end of the year.
“What is important is what happens in classrooms,” said the Minister of National Education and Vocational Training, Pierre Vanneur. via | United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization