Education in haiti

In Latin America, around three million children don’t go to school. In Haiti, parents spend on average $130 every year to send their child to school and more than 200,000 children remain out of school. However, enrollment rates have been going up in recent years. A new World Bank study looks at the impact a tuition waiver program had in the country. There are four important facts everyone should know about education in Haiti:

1. Almost all schools in Haiti are privately run In the early 2000s, about 90% of schools were private. These are very diverse and are run by religious organizations, non-governmental organizations, or for-profit institutions. "If I had found the same kind of opportunity at a public school, I would have worked there," says Innocent Samuel, a third grade teacher. There are limited jobs in public schools and wages tend to be lower in non-public schools.

2. Most schools ask for tuition fees, a barrier for many Being privately owned, these schools usually require tuition fees. Along with the cost of transport, books, and the mandatory uniform, it is very hard for Haitians to send their children to school. La Ruche Enchantée, located in a poor Port-au-Prince neighborhood, tuition fees vary from $127. for the first grade to $180. for the sixth grade. "Before the tuition program, parents found it difficult to pay," explains Joelle Dalphe, who founded the school with her sister in 1994, "They would never pay the full tuition," Due to this, the World Bank and the Caribbean Development Bank provided financial and technical support for a tuition waiver program, which was launched in 2007. Schools who met program conditions, like an official permit of the government, were given $90. per student annually. This amount is above the estimated tuition fee so that other school materials could also be provided. The program covers children starting primary school between six and eight-years -old.