On a recent trip to Haiti, The Father’s Table was shown what the education system is like there. More than 90% of the schools in Haiti are privately run, either by international groups, local churches, or even communities.
The Ministre de l’Éducation Nationale et de la Formation Professionnelle, the part of Haiti’s government that is responsible for education and oversight, is not able to adaquatly fund public schools or ensure quality of education in Haiti. Only around 34% of the schools are fully licensed.
We vistited two schools while in Haiti. The first was the School Parochial du Nippes, a small community school held in and run by the church in Nippes. Many of these classes had to share classrooms with multiple classes, and were wedged into the church itself, as well as other structures. One classroom had only a tin roof, chalk board, and benches.
The School of the Immaculate Conception, in Anse-a-Veau, had more students, and seemed better funded, but the school was run by the Silesian sisters. In both schools, the education of the children was the main goal. Both schools were doing what they could to ensure that the students would have a quality education.
While visiting a school in Nippes, we were informed that while the schools would love to have certification and educated teachers, there just aren’t as many as needed due to lack of funding. In some cases, a person may be teaching third graders, but only have a sixth grade education themselves. Education in Haiti, as in many developing and third world countries tends to fall short due to the cost of sending a child to school.